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November 11, 2013 Updates

"I’m 35, and 40’s just right around the corner, and it seems like time goes by faster the older you get," he says. "Maybe it’s just time to get those things out there." He reached out to auction houses, which verified that his shoes were the real McCoy by checking that Jordan’s suit in the photos matched what he was seen wearing earlier that night, and that the shoes bore identifiable scuff marks (which luckily they still did, even though Truman at one point narrowly prevented his mom from cleaning them off with a dish rag). Bidding on the most iconic memorabilia from the most iconic athlete in his most iconic game will begin at $5,000 on Nov. 18 at Grey Flannel Auctions. Similar items have gone for tens of thousands of dollars. Salt Lake Tribune

The former Jazz ball boy’s tale began in November 1996, with Truman standing slack-jawed while Jordan tied his shoes before a regular-season game. "Hey," Jordan called to Chicago Bulls trainer Chip Schaefer. "Where are my graham crackers and applesauce?" This was, it seems, important. Schaefer stopped taping another player’s ankle and searched his bag: Graham crackers, but no sauce. So Jordan turned to Truman. "There will be no autographs for ball boys after the game if I don’t get my applesauce." Salt Lake Tribune

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The biggest thing Michael Jordan has learned as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats? Admit and rectify mistakes quickly. For example, replacing Mike Dunlap one season into his tenure as coach. “I actually liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said it last year when we first hired him that I could have played for him. But that doesn’t translate to today’s kids,” Jordan told the Observer Friday. “The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids are understanding and articulating what (Clifford is) saying.” Charlotte Observer

November 1, 2013 Updates

Jordan says the biggest thing he’s learned as an owner is to be quicker to admit and correct mistakes. He mentioned the one-season tenure of Mike Dunlap as coach as an example. “I liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said I could have played for him. But that’s not today’s kid. The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids articulate what (Clifford) is saying.” Charlotte Observer

He singled out Josh McRoberts as an important part to the roster, in part because his savvy balances off a young roster. “The success of this team is McRoberts – how he can connect the dots.” Charlotte Observer

As frustrated as Michael Jordan has been over the Charlotte Bobcats' lack of success, he said tanking games to get a high pick in next year's NBA draft isn't the way to fix a rebuilding franchise. "I don't know if some teams have thought of that. That's not something that we would do. I don't believe in that." ESPN.com

October 31, 2013 Updates

Yesterday, Jordan Brand made official their signings of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr. and Cody Zeller - the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th picks of the 2013 NBA Draft, who were choosen by the Magic, Wizards and Bobcats. “We are excited to add Victor, Otto and Cody to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “As we continue to expand and improve our performance product, these young players will be a big part of our efforts around the game of basketball.” Sole Collector

October 30, 2013 Updates

“I have to thank Michael Jordan for just giving me a vision,” he said. “Without that vision I don’t think that would have been possible. He made me want to play basketball. He basically showed me the way, he gave me that path that I wanted to walk." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Local dentist and Charlotte Bobcats investor Spurgeon Webber III faces federal tax liens of $530,000, according to Mecklenburg County filings. Webber could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He is part of a group of African-American business and civic leaders, known as the Professional Sports Investment Group, who together control a small ownership share in the Bobcats. Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the NBA franchise. Business News

October 18, 2013 Updates

NBA Hall of Famer and team owner Michael Jordan has apparently grown tired of trying to sell his 56,000-square-foot mansion outside of Chicago. The Wall Street Journal reports the compound, first listed nearly two years ago at $29 million, is now headed for the auction block. Earlier this year, the price was cut by more than a quarter, but still no takers have emerged. "My kids are grown now, and I don't need a large house in Chicago," Jordan told the WSJ in an email this week, adding that he spends his time in Jupiter, Fla., when he's not in Charlotte, where his Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Charlotte Hornets) are based. Business News

October 17, 2013 Updates

On Clifford, the Bobcats’ third head coach in as many seasons: “I’m so happy about Steve. He’s a very professional guy. Professional in a way that the players can respond. He’s worked with some very good programs. I’ve watched him with the players. He has the right patience and rapport – he knows how to position himself with the players. “That’s a big move for us because no matter how we spend on players, it starts with the coach. I’m not putting down (predecessor) Mike Dunlap. He had some of the same qualities.” Charlotte Observer

Hours removed from the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies challenging Michael Jordan to a charity one-on-one game, MJ had a response: “Comical.” That’s the word the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (and Hall of Fame player) used in a brief interview with the Observer Wednesday. If new Grizzlies owner Robert Pera wants to play one-on-one for $1 million to charity (as he said on Twitter), Jordan won’t be his opponent. “I think that’s comical,’’ Jordan said. “It didn’t make any sense. Why would I play one-on-one? It’s a no-win situation for me no matter what.” Charlotte Observer

October 16, 2013 Updates

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