HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

June 9, 2014 Updates

Elementary school students may be far too young to have seen Michael Jordan’s playing days, but they apparently know quite well of his legend. When Jordan walked into a classroom recently, according to this video posted on Instagram, a group of very excited students swarmed him in the way that is a mixture of terrifying and adorable. Jordan was visiting the school, Hornets Nest Elementary, to help unveil a new fund for classroom innovations. For The Win

Years ago Hornets owner Michael Jordan publicly envisioned a time when NBA players would view Charlotte as a free-agent destination. Sounds like Jordan believes that time is now. “I always thought it was a great destination. I think Big Al (Jefferson) proved you can come here and make a big difference,” Jordan said Monday. “Hopefully we can look at that and attract some other superstar.” Charlotte Observer

Smile. Say "Let's go Hornets." Then have the G.O.A.T. walk in. Not a bad little Monday at Hornets Nest Elementary School in Charlotte. Watch what it looks like to have Michael Jordan surprise a classroom full of young kids. Sporting News

June 8, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan honored Al Jefferson by taking out a full-page advertisement Sunday in the Charlotte Observer after the 6-foot-10 center was named third-team All-NBA. Jefferson has proven to be the franchise's best free agent signing ever. He joined Charlotte last July and was the only player in the Eastern Conference to average a double-double for the 2013-14 season. USA Today Sports

June 6, 2014 Updates

"There is no athlete on the planet who could've played through those cramps," Thomas told Yahoo Sports. "Michael Jordan absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. I absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. As an athlete, there's nothing you could do." Yahoo! Sports

June 4, 2014 Updates

Bummed that you lost to Michael Jordan in the Finals? Might as well make a little money off of it. Former NBA player Eric Snow was a member of the 1995-96 Seattle SuperSonics, a team led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton that managed to take Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to six games in the 1996 Finals before losing. Nearly 20 years later, Snow is auctioning off an autographed pair of the black-and-red Air Jordan XI signature sneakers that were worn by Jordan himself during Game 3 of the 1996 Finals. Grey Flannel Auctions listed the sneakers this week with an opening price of $5,000. By early Wednesday morning, bidding was up to $6,655 and expected to climb much higher before the auction ends on June 18. SI.com

June 2, 2014 Updates
May 31, 2014 Updates

Today, it's the Jordan Comparisons, and really only two players deal with them: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. "Any time I hear my name or our team in the same breath with legends and great teams and franchises, it's so humbling, man," James said when told of the latest comparison. "It's like — I really don't know." The admiration he has for Jordan is obvious. "Me and (Heat star Dwyane Wade) grew up watching the great Chicago Bulls team and the great Michael Jordan and the rest of those guys," James said. USA Today Sports

Before this goes any further, James will be remembered as one of the best players ever, right there with Jordan, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain. Add a few more, if you wish. "To be able to play the game that we love at a high level for one another, for our teammates, it's the ultimate," James said. "When you hear the comparisons, you respect it. You're humbled by it. "You just feel like while you're in the moment hopefully, while you're playing the game, that you can make an impact enough to where you move on and people will start comparing you to ones that's in the game at the present time." USA Today Sports

LeBron vs. Michael Jordan, who do you go with? Mark Cuban: I think they're a toss-up in terms of talent. But MJ had to play against a lot more physical defenses and he was still able to rise above. I think LeBron is so big and physical; I would have loved to see him battle it out against the Charles Oakleys and Rick Mahorns. It would have been amazing. But he hasn't had to face those types of throw-you-on-the-ground defenses. That's the only reason I give Michael the edge. Dallas Morning News

May 30, 2014 Updates

Franchise valuations are escalating at a nutty pace; the Bucks’ sale for $550 million broke the Warriors’ previous record, and Ballmer and partners were ready to go well over that to relocate the sad sack Kings to Seattle. Sales figures from 2010 and 2011 look like ancient relics now, like Don Draper paying some absurd price to go the movies on Mad Men. Michael Jordan’s crew got the Bobcats (now Hornets) almost for free, on the condition they assume all the debt the franchise had piled up. A bunch of private equity dudes bought the Sixers, a huge-market team, for $280 million in 2011. Three years later, two other finance wizards paid nearly double for the freaking Bucks, and they even agreed not to move the team to a more profitable market. Grantland

May 20, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are back. The NBA franchise announced Tuesday they have officially changed the name back to the Hornets after 10 years of being known as the Bobcats. The team formally announced the name-change Tuesday at the its downtown arena nearly one year after owner Michael Jordan indicated that he wanted to change the name back to the Hornets. USA Today Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats officially adopted the “Hornets” moniker on Tuesday, launching a new website to reflect the name change. The organization’s new website, Hornets.com, sports the team’s new teal-and-purple color scheme and includes the tagline: “From the heart of our history comes the fierce soul of our future.” SI.com

May 6, 2014 Updates

When Michael watched the ABC miniseries Roots in 1977, which depicted the inhumanity of the African American experience, he understood for the first time what his ancestors had endured. His eyes were now open to the painful racism his own family had experienced.had lived through years of racial hatred in the South. Later that same year, when a girl at school called Michael a 'n****r,' 'I threw a soda at her', he states. ‘I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time’, said Jordan. ‘Basically, I was against all white people’. Daily Mail

April 29, 2014 Updates
April 27, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat superstar and arguably the best active basketball player appeared to stare down Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, seated at the end of the Charlotte’s bench, before slamming a fast-break dunk on a steal in the third quarter. After the game, James denied giving the glare to Jordan. “No, no. Don’t start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not,” James said. “I was able to read McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn’t look at MJ, for sure.” Charlotte Observer

A lot of media outlets — mainly ESPN — are making a story out of LeBron James supposedly glaring at Michael Jordan as he drove in for an uncontested fastbreak dunk in tonight’s 98-85 win at Charlotte. James shot that down after the game. “No,” he said without hesitation. “Don’t start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not. I was able to read (Josh) McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn’t look at M.J., for sure.” Palm Beach Post

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