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March 18, 2015 Updates

Jack loved to tell the story of the UCLA/University of North Carolina alumni game. Jordan used to play in those things. ``I remember him getting the ball at the top of the key and thinking, `He`s gonna dunk on me on national TV.’” I could still hear Jack today. He was a ham and loved to tell these stories. He didn’t have many on the court where he was the victor, at least not noticeably. “I went after him as best I could. I got some ball,” Jack would say and with a pause add, “I also got a lot of him. I know he didn`t score.” Michael would get his revenge, as he always did, Jack becoming one of his favorite foils in the regular card games. Michael quickly learned Jack had that family money and that his card skills weren’t much better than his basketball skills. NBA.com

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A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month. Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions. Ali, 15 at the time, distinctly remembers asking Jordan for the shoes on his feet during warmups. They were red, white and black, Ali said, a pair of what would become the first Air Jordans. ESPN.com

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Now, a 49-point-triple-double performance is rare. How rare? It hasn’t been done since Larry Bird was still playing. You wanna know what’s even rarer? The fact that it was Westbrook’s fourth straight triple-double– a feat that hasn’t been completed since Michael Jordan in 1989. For The Win

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Michael Jordan is a rookie on the Forbes billionaire list, coming in at a tie for the 1,741st richest person in the world. Though the Nike Air Jordan brand continues to do bonkers sales ($2.25 billion in 2013, from which Jordan earned $90 million), the biggest reason for his leap onto the list is his ownership in the Hornets — his stake in the franchise now supposedly worth over $500 million after Steve Ballmer dropped $2 billion on the Clippers. Now that MJ has cleared this imaginary hurdle, total happiness and fulfillment are surely close behind. The Big Lead

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For Michael Jordan, his fix to the problem of slow play is to build his own golf course. According to a number of sources who are close to Jordan, the NBA Hall of Famer is looking into building his own private golf club in Florida. The club would be exclusive and only have a tiny number of members that His Airness would hand pick himself. US Golf TV

With Michael Jordan as owner, however, Cho doesn't get the last word on decisions. According to a source familiar with Charlotte's inner workings, the voice that MJ relies on most is that of Curtis Polk, an analytics agnostic who conducts Jordan's business affairs and serves as the Hornets' vice chairman. And with pressure from Jordan to accelerate the Hornets' efforts to contend, the team made the ill-fated decision to sign Lance Stephenson over the objections of the analytics staff. ESPN.com

February 18, 2015 Updates

“The 30th anniversary is a look forward, to inspire the next generation,” says Dixon. “This installation was a way for us to educate people about the man behind the brand, to show the situations that made him who he was.” And depending on your age, your definition of Jordan’s legacy may vary. “We were playing in a game in Charlotte, and my (five-year-old) son was sitting court-side,” Chris Paul told the crowd during his visit. “He saw MJ and said ‘Daddy, that’s the guy from Space Jam.’ He relates more to Space Jam and the shoes.” Wired.com

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Kobe Bryant craves any edge he can have against an opponent, let alone against his idol, Michael Jordan. So when a a teammate asked him if he would like any feedback on how to match up him shortly before they first squared off nearly 19 years ago, well Bryant was all ears. “Whatever you do,” the unnamed teammate advised, “don’t look him in the eye.” To which Bryant responded, “Why in the hell would I NOT look him in the eye?” Los Angeles Daily News

"LeBron is in the MJ mode right now," said Curry's coach, former Cavalier and Michael Jordan's ex-teammate Steve Kerr, who will coach the West tonight. "Steph is so relatable to the fans. The kids can look at him and say, well, I'm his size, practically. "I think it would be easier to relate to Steph than it is to relate to LeBron or Michael or these super-human guys. So from that standpoint, it's sort of different, a different place in the league, a different status or stature. No question with his popularity he is becoming one of the stars." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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“Michael … the guy was basically average. In terms of size, strength, speed, jumping ability,” Walton said. He apparently also excluded MJ from his top-three players ever, lobbying instead for fellow UCLA alum Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Lost Lettermen

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