Michael Jordan Serves as Honorary Captain for University of Michigan

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Antonio Junior has several decades of experience founding and leading businesses, several of which have been based in the greater Miami area. Outside of his professional responsibilities in and around Miami, Antonio Junior follows the sport of basketball and considers Michael Jordan his favorite player.

Drawing the degree of attention that only the basketball legend could, Michael Jordan attended Michigan’s sold-out football season opener against the University of Hawaii. Introduced to the crowd as University of Michigan’s (UM) honorary captain, Mr. Jordan was welcomed with an emphatic roar of appreciation.

Wearing a gold and blue Jumpman brand shirt, Michael Jordan was seen at midfield sharing a few words with Major League Baseball’s Derek Jeter and the National Football League’s Charles Woodson, also a Wolverine alumnus, during pregame warm-ups. The first game of the 2016 season also marked the beginning of a new era as Jordan’s personal clothing brand Jumpman, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc., will outfit the University of Michigan’s football program for the next 15 years.

With help from Nike endorsee Charles Woodson and UM’s former athletic director Jim Hackett, the Wolverines became the first and only collegiate football program in the United States to bear the Jumpman logo. The contract, requiring the Wolverines football program to exclusively wear only Jordan brand attire, guarantees UM $85 million in Nike products and apparel for the next 15 years, and a total of $88 million in base compensation.

How Jordan Found a Best Friend in a Limo Driver

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Antonio Junior serves as the founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., a company based in Miami Springs, Florida. Antonio Junior is also a huge sports fanatic and idolizes Michael Jordan who happens to share the same birthdate as him.

Michael Jordan’s basketball career is nothing short of legendary, as he has six NBA championships and five MVP awards under his belt. Moreover, he made 14 appearances in the NBA All-star games. His success is even more impressive since he was only chosen third overall during the 1984 NBA draft.

Despite all his success, Michael Jordan maintains close personal relationships with people who had helped him when he still new to the business. In fact, one of his best friends is a limo driver named George Koehler who picked him up when he first landed in Chicago. At the time, the Chicago Bulls forgot to send someone to pick him up. Pitying Jordan, Koehler offered to help him. During the ride, they found out that they both knew Larry Jordan, Michael’s brother, and the two bonded over the fact that Koehler attended the same school as Jordan’s brother. A few weeks later, Jordan called Koehler to hang out and the two remain friends to this day.

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

 

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An experienced business leader in Miami, Florida, Antonio Junior founded his first company two decades ago. Drawing on his extensive background in skycap services, he established Diversified Management International in a joint venture with Smarte Carte, Inc. Outside his professional life, Antonio Junior enjoys reading books on leadership development.

Jonathan Abrams documents how the straight-to-the-NBA phenomenon changed the league forever in his new book entitled Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution.

At the center of his story are standouts Kobe Bryan, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and Tracy McGrady.

Abrams sets out tell the stories of these players, which all have a familiar ring. A child who dreams of playing in the pros, a family in financial trouble, and transcendent talent worthy of jumping straight from high school to the NBA. Abrams asks the question: if there are special kids who have the ability to make the transition from the prep ranks to the pros, why are they being denied the opportunity?

The NBA’s league minimum age of 19 years old has been instituted for more than a decade. While there have been stories of players who couldn’t make the tough climb from the high school ranks to the professional game, Abrams’ book seeks to make the point that there are far more success stories than failures.