Getting a read on Jordan Magazine: Collector's edition of 'Sports Illustrated for Kids' takes Michael from childhood to championships.

July 04, 1998|By Stacey Patton | Stacey Patton,SUN STAFF

Who wants to be like Mike?

He's 6-foot-6, 216 pounds. He wears the number 23 across his chest and back, a pair of North Carolina shorts underneath his game shorts and a pair of BVDs under those. He eats Wheaties and drinks Gatorade. And he has been soaring, slam-dunking and wagging his tongue for more than a decade.

Michael Jordan -- 36 -- not only has a fistful and a finger's worth of NBA championship rings, he's got scoring and defense titles and playoff and All-Star MVP trophies. Jordan is one of few players to have ever scored 25,000 points.

But do you think you know all there is to know about this basketball mogul?

Did you know he has a $10 billion impact on the economy? Did you know that before Jordan had an "air" about him he was paid $3.10 an hour mowing lawns and cleaning carpets? Did you know he was a great baseball player growing up and a horrible basketball player? Did you know he has 40 sets of golf clubs?

Sports Illustrated for Kids has come up with a summer edition called "Totally Michael: Everything You Want to Know About Michael Jordan" ($4.95).

Once a year, the 9-year-old magazine publishes a collectible issue designed to give young sports fans fun facts and insight into their favorite athletes. Previous editions have included profiles on basketball stars Grant Hill and Alonzo Mourning, baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. and golfer Tiger Woods.

The 60-page Jordan issue, written just for kids 8 and older, gives details about him growing up in Wilmington, N.C., with his two brothers and two sisters. When Michael was in the 10th grade at Laney High School, he tried out for the varsity basketball team and was cut. He was too small and not good enough to make the team. Maybe this isn't news to serious Jordan fans, but in the magazine Jordan reflects back on how he felt and says it was the best thing for him.

His college life, rookie year with the Chicago Bulls, Olympic performances and game highlights and achievements are chronicled. The edition also contains glimpses of his private life with his family, his likes and dislikes.

A "scrapbook" section tells the life of Jordan through pictures and rarely seen memorabilia -- his high school varsity letter, prom picture, baby pictures and kindergarten diploma. A pull-out poster and collectible cards are also included in the issue.

By the way, did you know that Jordan hates rap music, his favorite TV show is "Sanford and Son," he owns 100 to 150 suits, and when he goes to a movie, he goes in after the theater's dark and leaves before the lights are up?

Pub Date: 7/04/98

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