Michael Jordan to the Max

So I believe in learning late...
playing early, but learning late.
Michael's love of the game was born...
in his hometown of Wilmington,
North Carolina.

during long afternoons
on the play grounds.

His older brother, Lary,
helped Michael hone his game...

in their epic battles of one-on-one
at their backyard hoop.

But Michael's first hard lesson
would come...

when he tried out for the
varsity team at Laney High.

When I was a sophomore
in high school...

like most high school kids...
you get all the energy and all
the motivation and excitement...

of making your varsity team,
which is a big thing.

Status is a lot
when you're in high school.

So you can imagine
the disappointment that I got...

when I felt like
I should have made the team.

but then didn't make the team.
I'm crying,
I lost my emotions totally.

My mother came to me
and said,"Use that energy...

"to prove to the coach and to your peers
and your classmates...

that they made a mistake."
You give it your best.
You try so hard
and you get to the point,

"I know I can do it"
And if you try one more time,
you are able to achieve it.

It's going
one step farther.

That's not giving up,
it's giving your best.

I only will walk away...
when I know I do not have
anything else to give.

The disappointment
was so deep, like a cut,

it struck the fire in me.
to make sure that I never endure
that type of pain again.

In these condround
of the playoffs...

Michael returned home
with a vengeance.

Playing the Charlotte Hornets,
It would be Michael's last
professional appearance in North Carolina.

It's always been a treat
to come back home...

when you've grown up here and you go out
and become a man on your own.

And then come back home to show
what's evolved of that person.