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Comment: Is there any truth to this rumor: "Before going on to become one
of the greatest players in NBA history, Micheal Jordan was actually cut
from his high school basketball team"?

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Lots of sites say he was "cut from his high school basetball team as a sophomore". So I googled "junior varsity" along with his name. Sure enough, an ESPN article states
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After playing junior varsity basketball as a high school sophomore, Jordan made the varsity his final two years, starring as a senior and earning a scholarship to North Carolina.
So Jordan, like many kids, played junior varsity basketball as a sophomore, then made the varsity team as a junior and senior. It may also be -- pure speculation on my part -- the he could have made the varsity as a sophomore but the coach preferred he be on the junior varsity to get more play time.

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I still find that surprising because you'd think that a guy who dominated the NBA would be a sophomore on the varsity team.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sara at home:
So Jordan, like many kids, played junior varsity basketball as a sophomore, then made the varsity team as a junior and senior. It may also be -- pure speculation on my part -- the he could have made the varsity as a sophomore but the coach preferred he be on the junior varsity to get more play time.

That's exactly what happened. He tried out for the Varsity team as a sophomore, but the coach told him he would be much better off starting for the JV team in 10th grade, ans opposed to sitting the bench on the Varsity team.
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