HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

January 30, 2014 Updates

I’ve heard from rival executives that the Bobcats are going to be buyers at the deadline. This is an organization that is tired of losing games and they’d love to make the playoffs this year. This is their opportunity, with the Eastern Conference being wide open. Basketball Insiders

January 24, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

In an interview with FOX Sports Live, Jackson says that in the year after Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls (the second time; not that time he went to try and play baseball), Bryant told Jordan he could do just that. Jackson wanted Jordan to "talk to Kobe a little bit" after a game. "First thing Kobe says is, 'I could kick your a-- one-on-one,'" said Jackson, describing the meeting between the two. Bleacher Report

January 16, 2014 Updates

The Bobcats won’t officially re-brand as the “Charlotte Hornets” until after the 2013-14 season, but that hasn’t stopped them from unveiling shirts and hats that bear the team’s new logos. Owner Michael Jordan unveiled new logos for the Hornets during a halftime ceremony back in December, and gear bearing that artwork will be available for purchase at the team store later this week. The new primary logo, set in a teal and purple color combination, features a head-on look at a Hornet with a basketball design and the words “Charlotte Hornets” in block letters. SI.com

January 8, 2014 Updates

Happily for Jordan, he became became transcendent in a kindler, gentler time. James is a study of the growing perils of fame in a fast-changing media environment with wider reach, grounded in an audience with a deeper level of engagement. If the dynamic hasn’t changed, there’s a warp factor. Jordan was allowed to grow into greatness with an actual childhood. Only he cared if he didn’t make his high school team as a sophomore, or break through until taking the NBA by storm as a rookie in 1984. James was set atop his pedestal in high school. The surprise wasn’t anything that he failed to do, but that he carried his impossible expectations so far before collapsing under their weight. Forbes.com

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

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. Chicago Sun-Times

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

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