HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

May 31, 2014 Updates

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

April 26, 2014 Updates
April 23, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford communicates a lot with team owner Michael Jordan via text message. Clifford said he benefits from the feedback. “He’ll text me sometimes just with things that he sees. He knows our team,” Clifford said Wednesday before Game 2 of the playoff series against the Miami Heat. “I appreciate how he treats me – he gives me suggestions, but he always says, ‘You’re the coach; do what you think.’ ” Charlotte Observer

April 8, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant didn’t just downplay his 25-point scoring streak after moving past Michael Jordan for sole possession of third place on the all-time list. He flat out dismissed it. “I don’t really care about it,” Durant said after his 38 points and 11 rebounds Sunday at Phoenix. “I wish it was over.” Oklahoman

April 7, 2014 Updates

Durant's streak surpassed Jordan's 40 in a row of 25 or more and is the longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 straight games in 1963-64. Wilt Chamberlain did it in all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season. And Durant is totally unimpressed by his streak. "I don't really care about it," he said. "I can't wait until it's over." ESPN.com

April 4, 2014 Updates
March 27, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah’s ‘Dream Team’ starting 5: Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki; Small Forward: Corey Brewer; Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; Point Guard: Magic Johnson. beyondthebuzzer.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” Charlotte Observer

First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. I know those discussions are underway right now. It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state-of-the-art. Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.” Charlotte Observer

March 23, 2014 Updates

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