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Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan's ex-wife Juanita Vanoy Jordan on Thursday sold her 8,000-square-foot, triplex penthouse on Lake Shore Drive for $3.2 million. The Jordans, who divorced in 2006, paid $3 million in the 1990s for the four-bedroom penthouse. As part of the divorce, Michael wound up with the couple's 56,000-square-foot Highland Park mansion — which currently is on the market for $16 million — while Juanita received the Lake Shore Drive penthouse, which takes up its building's 39th and 40th floors plus its roof space. Chicago Tribune

A federal judge in Chicago withdrew from a civil case involving Michael Jordan after lawyers for the former Chicago Bulls star accused the jurist of comparing Jordan to a "hog" and "Dr. Frankenstein," though the judge denies the descriptions were aimed directly at the former NBA player. The legal fracas arose in a 4-year-old civil case in which Jordan star sued Dominick's Finer Foods LLC after the grocery store chain invoked his name and persona without permission in a 2009 Sports Illustrated advertisement. Charlotte Observer

June 19, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new uniforms on Thursday. The uniforms were designed in collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand, as Michael Jordan is the team's owner, even though the league's official apparel provider is adidas, which is still charged with producing the jerseys. The home uniform is white with purple numbers and teal letters, while the away jersey is predominately purple with teal numbers and white lettering. Both jerseys have "Hornets" across the chest, feature a hornet silhouette on the waistband and a Hornet cell design on the side of the shorts. The alternate jersey, which is to be worn 16 to 20 times, is teal with white lettering and purple numbers. It features "Charlotte" across the chest and the diving hornet logo on the shorts. All the jerseys feature a color accented V-neck, a tribute to the Hornets jerseys of old. ESPN.com

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"I would like to thank Rod for his seven years of dedication to this organization," said Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan. "Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best." NBA.com

June 12, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan is now a billionaire. In February, my colleague and the Dean of athlete earnings, Kurt Badenhausen, pegged Jordan’s annual earnings at $90 million and his net worth at $750 million. But I have learned from sources familiar with the Charlotte Hornets that the former NBA great has increased his stake in his basketball team to 89.5% from 80% during the past several months. Forbes.com

Jordan first became an investor in the Hornets (then the Bobcats) in 2006 and became the controlling owner in 2010 when he bought out Robert Johnson for $175 million. Sports bankers say the Hornets are presently worth between $600 million and $625 million. Forbes.com

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

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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