HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

January 8, 2014 Updates

Little as it counted since he was either being hailed or dogged, there was an actual person there in good times and bad, an effervescent teammate, dogged competitor and, amazingly in view of all he has received, relatively grounded. Showing he had matured and wasn’t the king of chokers or even one of his subjects, James trucked through the brimstone and came out on the other side, winning back-to-back MVPs (his fourth in five seasons) leading Miami’s 4-1 walkover against Oklahoma City in the 2012 Finals, scoring 37 points in last spring’s Game 7 victory over the Spurs. Having survived the hype, James is No. 4 in income among the world’s athletes with $42 million in endorsement income from Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Samsung, Dunkin’ Donuts and Upper Deck, tracking up toward “global icon,” the goal he announced at age 23. Since popular acclaim is awarded one season at a time, James may not havesecured anything. Expected to become a free agent in summer with the possibility that he and his talents could re-relocate again, his world is still replete with possibilities, all suitable for headlines. Forbes.com

January 6, 2014 Updates
December 31, 2013 Updates

On the day he turns 29 years old, it’s pretty good to be LeBron James. He’s coming off two straight NBA championships, two straight Finals MVPs and two straight regular season MVPs. But how do his numbers stack up to the two players he’s most compared to, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan? Pretty favorably. In only 10 more games than Bryant, he’s totaled 2,523 more points, 1,681 more rebounds, 1,930 more assists, 193 more steals and 191 more blocks. For The Win

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 16, 2013 Updates

Michael Jordan’s 56,000-square foot home in suburban Chicago has failed to sell at auction after the bidding fell short. Jordan spokeswoman Estee Portnoy says nobody offered the reserve price of $13 million for the seven-acre estate in Highland Park, north of Chicago. Portnoy says Concierge Auctions publicized Monday’s auction well, but that market conditions aren’t ideal. She says options for the property will be evaluated next year. The former Chicago Bulls superstar’s home originally was listed at $29 million in early 2012. Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago-area mansion belonging to American basketball star and NBA franchise owner Michael Jordan goes up for auction on Monday, according to a real estate auction house. The 56,000-square-foot (5,200 square-meter) home on more than seven acres (3 hectares) in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park has a regulation-size basketball court, a putting green, tennis court, nine bedrooms and 15 full and four half bathrooms. The estate is scheduled to be auctioned Monday night live for in-person bidding and by phone, said Lauren Hovey, a spokeswoman for the auctioneer, Concierge Auctions. Toronto Sun

The Jordan home, known as Legend Point, was previously offered for $29 million, according to New York-based Concierge. It includes a "gentlemen's retreat" with a billiard parlor, library, full wet bar, and the original doors from the Chicago Playboy Mansion. Toronto Sun

December 15, 2013 Updates
December 12, 2013 Updates

The shoes Michael Jordan wore in his famous "Flu Game" sold for $104,765 early Thursday morning, shattering the record price paid for a pair of game-worn shoes in any sport. The shoes, brought to the market by Grey Flannel Auctions and consigned by former Utah Jazz ball boy Preston Truman, were worn by Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals in which Jordan scored 38 points for the Chicago Bulls despite laboring up and down the court from feeling sick that day. The identity of the winning bidder was not immediately made public, but the amount paid blew away the previous record paid for a pair of game-used shoes, which were also worn by Jordan. A collector paid $31,070 just last month for a pair that Jordan wore in his rookie season. ESPN.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will do the logo unveiling at a halftime ceremony for the game, which starts a half hour later – 7:30 p.m. – than most Bobcats home games at Time Warner Cable Arena. The game against the Jazz is the first of five “Buzz City”-themed giveaway nights. The team will distribute long-sleeve “Buzz City” T-shirts that night to the first 10,000 fans through the doors. Later giveaways will include bobbleheads for former Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry, Muggsy Bogues and Kelly Tripucka. Charlotte Observer

December 8, 2013 Updates
December 6, 2013 Updates

Afflalo wanted to learn ways to create more space against one-on-one defenders, so he started studying two of the best pure scorers in NBA history in Jordan and Bryant. ``I watched a lot of film on (Bryant), and I always have since I was growing up in L.A.,’’ Afflalo said. ``And everybody wants to be Michael Jordan when they are little, so I’ve watched a lot of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. They’re the two best in my era. So this summer I watched a lot of their isolation moves and footwork to see how to frame myself up better for shots.’’ The offseason work has paid enormous benefits for Afflalo and the Magic this season. He’s averaging career bests in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounds (4.6 rpg.), assists (4.2 apg.) and 3-point shooting (46.3 percent). He’s scored 30 points in a game four times this season, including a career-best 43 points on Tuesday in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. NBA.com

Kobe Bryant passed over Michael Jordan for his ideal group to join in a pick-up basketball game, saying he’d take Magic Johnson as his backcourt mate along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell. Bloomberg

December 1, 2013 Updates
November 30, 2013 Updates

Michael Jordan and wife Yvette Preito are expecting their first child together, as first reported by US Weekly. The couple married in a star-studded affair seven months ago. Jordan, 50, has three children from his previous marriage to Juanita Venoy, ranging in age from 19 to 24. The Big Lead

November 27, 2013 Updates

Cody Zeller: "I've probably seen Michael Jordan 3-4 times since being drafted. He was at our training camp all week before the season. It's funny because when he's around us he acts like one of the players. He's talking about the game and whatever. It was fun at camp because he was staying in our hotel with us. It was crazy to watch all the stuff you have to do because you're Michael Jordan. He can't go to a restaurant and eat. He has to have someone go pick it up and bring it back to the hotel. He was locked in his room a lot of the time and couldn't go to dinner with the rest of us." SI.com

November 22, 2013 Updates

Michael Jordan's 56,000-square-foot mansion in Highland Park — complete with an NBA regulation-size basketball court — will be put up for sale during a live auction Friday. No minimum bid has been set for the superstar's 7.4-acre estate at 2700 Point Lane, but prospective buyers are required to put down a $250,000 deposit just to participate in the bidding, said Laura Brady, president of New York-based Concierge Auctions. First placed on the market in March 2012, the fully furnished "Legend Point" estate failed to sell for its listing price of $29 million. At the time it was the highest-priced home in the Chicago area, with property taxes set at $165,224 in 2010, according to public records. Chicago Tribune

November 21, 2013 Updates

Michael Jordan’s 56,000-square-foot mansion in Highland Park — complete with an NBA regulation-size basketball court — will be put up for sale during a live auction Friday. No minimum bid has been set for the basketball superstar’s 7.4-acre estate at 2700 Point Lane, but prospective buyers are required to put down a $250,000 deposit just to participate in the bidding, said Laura Brady, president of New York-based Concierge Auctions. Originally placed on the market in March 2012, the fully furnished “Legend Point” estate failed to sell for its listing price of $29 million. At the time, it was the highest-priced home in the Chicago area, with the tax bill on the property set at $178,900 in 2012, according to public records. Chicago Tribune

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