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Portrait of a legend

Jordan described by his family as combative, but affectionate

Originally Published: September 9, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

James Jordan always claimed that his son Larry had the real basketball talent in the family.

Deloris Jordan said their eldest son James Jr. (or Ronnie, as the family calls him) possesses the true leadership ability.

Jordan's oldest sister, Delois, now she was the creative one. And Roslyn was the writer.

The family's youngest boy was encouraged and appreciated too, but he was the one who would stand over the engine of the latest car his father and brothers were fixing, ...

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