My Michael Jordan story does happen in Chicago.
But if I’m being completely honest, I’ve never met Michael Jordan. I live in a small city called Staunton, VA. The best player ever from our high school, Kevin Madden, played at UNC right after MJ.
So a couple of people in my small city have great Jordan stories, and pictures to prove them.
My story’s different.
I also played basketball at a small college and then worked as a sports reporter (where I did interview Magic Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Doc Rivers and others).
But my Jordan story isn’t about basketball either.
I was so serious about my dream of being an author that I carried my book proposal – the thing authors have to submit to publishers – in my backpack with me at all times.
Hey, you never know when you’re going to get your big break.
And I was ready.
And, as it turns out, this was my big break.
The woman took my proposal. After a month of back-and-forth correspondence, she informed me that Moody Publishers would publish my first book.
Insert the Crying Jordan meme here.
All happy tears though.
If you’re still reading this, you’re probably wondering where Michael Jordan comes into all this?
Fast forward 18 months.
It’s one day until my book – which at this point has been edited and re-edited several times – is officially due.
Then the woman from Moody kindly gives me an extra day. I can turn the book in on Tuesday instead of Monday, because she has some huge event with the Jordan Foundation.
And that’s when it hit me.
I’m in bed beside my wife, and I ask her to google the name of Michael Jordan’s siblings. Sure enough, I’ve been working with Michael Jordan’s sister Roslyn Jordan for 18 months.
And she never mentioned it once.
If anyone is familiar with my book You’re Grounded, the prologue and chapter 2 open with illustrations about Michael Jordan’s life (the 88 Dunk Contest and him joining the Wizards).
I was submitting a book proposal with Michael Jordan stories to Michael Jordan’s sister and didn’t even know it.
Everyone is currently fixated on ESPN’s #TheLastDance documentary about the final chapter in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty. I figured this was a great time to share my six degrees of separation story about Michael Jordan.
I’d love to hear from you.
What’s your favorite MJ story?