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May 29, 2015 Updates

New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, and he didn't mince words when the conversation inevitably drifted to the NBA's inescapable binary question: Jordan or LeBron? "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild-flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to, or he can score 50 if he wanted to. "So the triple threat he poses is just phenomenal, and then the size that he's got -- he just physically dominates. It’s impressive." ESPN.com

May 28, 2015 Updates

When pressed about how many championships Jordan won, Laimbeer didn’t back down. “Yeah, but look at what LeBron has in the Finals right now,” Laimbeer said. “Could anybody else in the world have led this team of role players to the finals right now? I don’t think so. Jordan could not have led this team to the finals. “LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that, and they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win.” For The Win

As always, Cartwright was thoughtful and insightful. "The big thing about LeBron," he began, "is he's one of rare guys where there's no position for him. He similar to maybe Magic [Johnson]. That's the best comparison because he can play one through five. What can't he do? "Michael was basically a two-[guard]. What's LeBron? A one? A two? A three? You can't say. That's what makes him an anomaly; there's no match-up for him. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard. This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up." Birmingham News

May 25, 2015 Updates

In the meantime, the Hawks have another brutal appointment on Tuesday with havoc, destruction and sheer brute force known as LeBron James, perhaps the best player to step foot on a hardwood floor. "That's one hell of a debate. Honestly, in my opinion, if it's not Jordan then it's him," J.R. Smith told NEOMG. "It used to be no question. It was a landslide. It was Jordan. Now, you have to consider my boy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 23, 2015 Updates
May 22, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith drew comparisons to Dennis Rodman this offseason — both from Knicks president Phil Jackson and Rodman himself. Now Smith may have met his version of Michael Jordan. “There are players like LeBron [James] who had great influence on players who have had, let’s say, murky pasts,” said TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert, who is calling the Eastern Conference finals. “Michael Jordan is the same way. When Rodman was brought to Chicago that worked out pretty well, despite some things going on off the court that were a little bit different. On the court he played as hard as anyone in the league. That’s the influence of Michael. New York Post

May 16, 2015 Updates

A 3-year old lawsuit between Michael Jordan and Chinese sporting goods retailer Qiaodan has escalated to China’s Supreme Court, according to a report from Reuters. In 2012, Jordan sued Qiaodan Sports, claiming that the Fujian-based manufacturer built its business around his Chinese name and jersey number ’23’ without consent. Since the 80s, he’s been widely known as Qiaodan throughout China. However, earlier this year, a court ruled in favor of Qiaodan over the trademark dispute, which was then upheld by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court. "In light of the trademark dispute ruling, we intend to appeal to the Supreme People's Court for retrial," Jordan’s legal team said in a statement. They added that a separate case with Qiaodan Sports over naming right is still ongoing. Sole Collector

May 9, 2015 Updates

To put into context what Butler is tasked with on a nightly basis while trying to guard James, Bulls forward Taj Gibson compared James to arguably the best player of all time. "He's the Michael Jordan of our generation," Gibson said of James. "He's extremely talented, extremely physical, it's just tough [defending him], man. It's funny I was just watching the Detroit Pistons documentary [Thursday], about how you just have to go after guys all these years. We've been seeing LeBron over and over over the years, and every year we just kept getting better and better. You see how Jimmy was stepping up taking those shots he wasn't taking last year and it's big. We need everybody." ESPN.com

May 4, 2015 Updates

Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA D-League team with the hope of beginning play for the 2016-17 season. The franchise today is sending an RFP to seven cities throughout the Carolinas seeking the best home for the D-League club, which would be owned and operated by HSE. Cities receiving the RFP include Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.” NBA.com

In a second-round playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers that is set to begin Monday night, Ehlo will root for James’s team — his former team — while acknowledging that Jordan remains the king of Uniform 23. Cue the video. Replay the Shot (“On Ehlo — good!”). He is ready. “The first four or five years after it happened, it was, like, enough, let’s move on,” Ehlo said. “I got tired of seeing it and people saying it. But after a while, I realized it was the situation every athlete wants to be in, my signature moment. I just decided, O.K., let me just ride this pony.” New York Times

Out of a timeout, he matched up with the man everyone knew would get the ball near the foul line. He decided to make a statement. “Mr. Jordan, I can’t let you score,” he said in his Texas twang. “I thought I might get into his head a little,” Ehlo said. Jordan grinned, wickedly, leading Ehlo to retrospectively concede, “Maybe I should have just called him Michael.” New York Times

April 27, 2015 Updates

Michael Jordan's shoes have spawned a legion of collectors and shoe enthusiasts that will wait in line overnight just to get the latest version of Jordans. His shoes generally retail close to $200 but one collector recently spent a lot more than that to get a truly unique pair of Jordans. How much more? Well, according to the SCP Auctions, a pair of Nike Air Ships worn by Jordan during his rookie campaign were sold for $71, 533. CBSSports.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

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