Michael Jordan: An oral history

He's considered the greatest ever; let the people who know him best explain why

Updated: September 11, 2009, 3:01 PM ET

The following accounts are excerpted from ESPN The Magazine's Michael Jordan Hall of Fame Collector's Issue. For the full stories from people who knew, covered and played with Michael (people like Phil Jackson, Rick Telander, Terry Francona, Ric Bucher and more), you can read the full issue here -- if you're an Insider.

The first time I saw him, the summer before his freshman year, we were playing pickup games on campus. We all knew about him, but I'm from New York, and ...

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