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December 7, 2014 Updates

For Shaw, who was also a Lakers assistant coach under Phil Jackson, Jordan remains the top player in league history. But Bryant is close. “I think Kobe’s the next two-guard right behind him,” Shaw said, “and I don’t think there’s very much difference between the two.” Orange County Register

Over and over, little moments in history had been spliced together: Pump fakes and crossovers and dunks. Kobe and Michael. Turnarounds and fadeaways. Bryant and Jordan. Scowls and shrugs. No. 23. Off the dribble and on the break. No. 24. “I studied everybody,” Bryant said. “Everybody. Absolutely everybody. Oscar (Robertson) and Michael and George Mikan. I literally watched everybody. Bob Pettit. Walt Frazier. I watched them all, man.” Orange County Register

December 4, 2014 Updates

This time around he was spotted suiting up in that sneaker for the wedding of his brother-in-law Carlos Prieto, a man who runs Solefly in Miami while he's not running around with MJ (now you know how that shop gets their hands on so many Air Jordan exclusives). His pair is separated from the retail version with some special etching around the heel to coincide with the special occasion. Tell us in the comments what you think of Michael Jordan's wedding attire here and let us know if you've spotted the "Concord" 11 Low at any recent formal events. Sole Collector

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Despite denying it, Kobe Bryant considers it highly important to pass Michael Jordan's career scoring mark. So says one of Bryant's closest ex-teammates. Bryant is only 218 points from passing Jordan for third on the NBA all-time list after scoring 27 on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. "I think that he'll probably just say that it's just another milestone, but it's obvious that Jordan was somebody that Kobe idolized and looked up to," said Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw, who won three championships with the Lakers while helping mentor a barely 20-something Bryant. "I think that would be one of the things that's right up there, when you can kind of get at the same level or surpass somebody of that magnitude and somebody that you patterned your game after. Whether he says it or not, I personally feel that it would be one of his greatest accomplishments." Los Angeles Times

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There were times, though, Jordan's answers weren't so matter-of-fact, when one could almost see the wheels in his head spinning madly, contemplating questions that have long followed him, to which he answered almost to himself as much as the reporter. For example, when asked about his thoughts on this year being the 30th anniversary of his rookie season, Jordan turned the magnifying glass on himself. "Do I ever have thoughts of wishing I could still play the game? Yeah," he responded. "That's human nature. But those are short thoughts until I pick up a ball or my knees start to hurt. I'm good. I'm right where I need to be." Bleacher Report

November 13, 2014 Updates

"Do I ever have thoughts of wishing I could still play the game? Yeah," he responded. "That's human nature. But those are short thoughts until I pick up a ball or my knees start to hurt. I'm good. I'm right where I need to be." Bleacher Report

So did his interaction with the media on this day, which he usually limits to the preseason and postseason. He wants the focus on his team as he works behind the scenes, much like his friend and NHL legend Mario Lemieux does as a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jordan looks to reserve the bulk of his public appearances in support of the Hornets' community initiatives, as opposed to the spotlight he once dominated. "MJ rarely attends away games because he doesn't want to deal with all the rah rah," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. Bleacher Report

A Hornets spokesperson didn't waste any time introducing the boss. "Michael's here, so we'll have him grab a seat and just open it up for questions and answers. Keep them Hornets-related as opposed to who's better: Kobe or LeBron?" That ignited Jordan's competitive juices, responding in a direct manner to make it seem like neither was on his level. "I don't know who's better," he said, as the whole room laughed. In that regard, Jordan hasn't changed. His business team explained that the boss displays a teasing and competitive sense of humor. Bleacher Report

According to Cho, in addition to being around for training camp, the trade deadline, the draft and free agency, Jordan attends about 25 home games a year. "Overall, he's very accessible," Cho said. "He even Skypes." Jordan swiveled his head to face each question. Once you had his attention, Jordan offered a distinctive, almost intimidating look when asked a question. As one started talking, his head was turned slightly away, but his eyes remained trained on the speaker, occasionally flashing just the hint of a raised eyebrow. It was a look of intrigue mixed with a sense of I've-probably-heard-this-one-before. When comfortable with the question, he gave his full attention. Jordan, ever on the alert, is well-prepared for these press gatherings. Bleacher Report

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