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NBA Legend Michael Jordan's Mother Had a Huge Impact on His Life — Meet Deloris Jordan

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 25, 2020
09:30 P.M.

Michael Jordan is the son of Deloris Jordan and James R. Jordan Sr. Meet his mom, who profoundly impacted the former professional basketball player's life.

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Born in North Carolina and now living in Chicago, Deloris Jordan is a former bank teller. She has been open about her son Michael Jordan and her life as a mother, as well as her husband's death.

The philanthropist and author even appeared in the popular ESPN docuseries "The Last Dance." Scroll below to learn more about Deloris and the impact that she had on Michael throughout his life.

Michael Jordan and Deloris Jordan appear On "Superstars And Their Moms" in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan and Deloris Jordan appear On "Superstars And Their Moms" in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images

HARDWORKING PEOPLE

Michael, also known for his product endorsements, credits his family for his success. He once shared that his mom and dad were hardworking people and instilled that in their children. He added:

"It just became a part of my nature I always take a negative and turn it into a positive—that all came from my parents."

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Michael Jordan with his father James R. Jordan Sr. and mother Deloris Jordan at home, Wilmington, NC in 1986. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan with his father James R. Jordan Sr. and mother Deloris Jordan at home, Wilmington, NC in 1986. | Photo: Getty Images

SWEET LETTER

Speaking about her parenting style, Deloris said she always told her children that each one of them has special gifts and talents. She added that she told them they have different ways of using them.

Deloris and her late husband cofounded Michael Jordan Foundation in 1989.

Michael Jordan and Deloris Jordan appear On "Superstars And Their Moms" in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan and Deloris Jordan appear On "Superstars And Their Moms" in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images

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Deloris once shared a letter that Michael wrote her while he was in college. In his sweet letter, the superstar greeted his mother. He also expressed how much he loved her.

THE FAMILY TRAGEDY

Deloris's husband, James R. Jordan Sr., was murdered by two teens in 1993. His death was crushing for their family. She said it eventually brought them closer together to grieve and bond.

Michael Jordan breaks down in tears during his tribute at "The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center," on February 24, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan breaks down in tears during his tribute at "The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center," on February 24, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

FOR HIS FATHER

In 1996, Michael cried when the Bulls won another championship on Father's Day. In an interview, he said that he knows his father is watching. He also dedicated the victory to him.

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Michael Jordan attends a press conference before the NBA Paris Game match between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks on January 24, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan attends a press conference before the NBA Paris Game match between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks on January 24, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Deloris and her late husband cofounded Michael Jordan Foundation in 1989. However, it was closed in 1997 to focus on the new James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Family Life Center.

Deloris also established the James R. Jordan Foundation. She has been the president for over two decades. In 2019, Deloris told the moms of NBA players that they are a blessing.

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