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December 30, 2014 Updates

B/R: Kobe Bryant (on Dec. 14) got celebrated for passing Michael Jordan in points. You've talked a little bit about your appreciation for what he's done. As you watch him and the way he's handling things six years down the line from where you are, does it make you think about how you might handle things? And also, you are more than 2,000 points ahead of where he was at age 30. LJ: Absolutely. Absolutely. Come on, man. This is the longest shortest career of anything. I think about all the time, what's next for me in the next couple of years, you know 35, and then if I make it to get where Kobe is, you know. How do I approach the game? And what is my mindset? And is my love for the game still there? I absolutely think about that stuff. I mean, how could you not? I mean, I've been in this league 12 years, and it's not like I'm going up another 12 years. You know, my escalator is starting to tail. So I understand that. Bleacher Report

December 29, 2014 Updates
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Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list earlier in December to become third all-time in the NBA. He was asked about this achievement when the Lakers came Chicago on Christmas. via the Chicago Tribune: “It was more of a thankful feeling to Michael and the players who came before because I’ve learned so much from them,” he said. “And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve literally just stolen (stuff) from them — like spin moves and pull-ups. It’s not me passing these players. It’s us.” For The Win

Mike Trudell: Kobe said he talked to Michael Jordan after passing MJ for 3rd on the scoring list, and among MJ's messages was: "Go get Karl (Malone)." Twitter @LakersReporter

December 25, 2014 Updates
December 20, 2014 Updates

An auction house is offering the winning bidder of a pair of shoes, advertised as worn by Michael Jordan during his freshman year at North Carolina, a chance to return them and get his money back. An official from Grey Flannel Auctions told ESPN.com on Sunday that it had received a letter from Lindsay Reed, who was a student manager on the team in the year before Jordan's freshman year (1980-81) and the team statistician for Jordan's freshman year, that assured them that what they sold days ago for $33,387 could not have been game worn by Jordan. "The 1981-1982 UNC basketball team did not wear blue Converse basketball shoes at any point during the...season," Reed wrote. "I challenge anyone to produce a photograph of a 1981-82 UNC basketball game (home or away) in which any member of the 1981-1982 UNC basketball team is wearing blue Converse shoes. No such photo exists." ESPN.com

December 18, 2014 Updates

"I've learned a lot, to say the least," Jordan told me during an interview at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Jordan met with me to discuss his selection as the Charlotte Business Journal's 2014 Business Person of the Year. Previous honorees include department store CEO Tim Belk and former Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers. Business News

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

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December 14, 2014 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: More Jordan: "...and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve ... Twitter @APkrawczynski

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