23. Be like Mike. THE Michael Jordan. The greatest player of all time in the game of basketball, arguably ever. But, what made him electrify generations to don the number 23 – on jerseys, on posters, Jordan shoes, signatures – how did it all come down to this number?
It started in high-school. Playing alongside the same team as his older brother Larry in high-school. Michael was in awe of his brother’s athletic prowess and his competitive nature yet kind heart. Larry wore #45, and as a tribute to Larry – Michael always stated that he wished to one day become half the man Larry is. 45 divided by 2 is 22.5 – round up the decimal and you have the legendary 23. The impact Larry played in Michael’s life – even though he didn’t make the NBA nor play for UNC in college was immense. He instilled a sense of maturity in Michael, yet displayed an elite ability to always remain a kid at heart that Michael aimed to emulate.