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July 20, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan randomly handpicked a person in his annual Nike Air Jordan basketball academy for a 1-on-1 game. A Kobe Bryant fan was called upon to play with Michael Jordan. Sportando

July 18, 2014 Updates

Hornets owner Michael Jordan attended the meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that resulted in Stephenson signing a 3-year, $27.4 million contract. Jordan spoke very directly with Stephenson before signing off on this contract. “He told me what he likes about me, he told me what I need to calm down on,” Stephenson told the Observer after the news conference. “He told me how I can contribute to the team. And he told me he believed in my talent. He likes my competitive edge.” Charlotte Observer

Coach Steve Clifford sounds OK with the prospect of managing this tradeoff – what Indianapolis media labeled “good Lance” and “bad Lance.” “I think those things are a by-product of the fact that he badly wants to win,” Clifford said in a conference call from Las Vegas, where the Hornets continue in summer league. Our owner talked to him specifically about the fact that those are things that we can work on. He knows that. He knows that sometimes he has crossed the line a little bit. I think he does that out of competitiveness.” Charlotte Observer

July 17, 2014 Updates

LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States' most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll. Almost from the moment James exploded onto the NBA scene as the number one overall pick in the 2003 draft a debate has raged over who was the better of the two basketball superstars. Jordan had held the top honor from 1993-2005 and again in 2013 before being supplanted this year by James, who was ranked number two in 2013. Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Jordan is celebrating a whopping 25 years as a spokesman for Hanes — a relationship that has lasted than any role in his career — with his first new commercial since 2010. The commercial takes place on a golf course where Jordan does the classic Jordan eye-roll expression at his golf partner who is having a worse time than Charles Barkley on the golf course. For The Win

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Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan's ex-wife Juanita Vanoy Jordan on Thursday sold her 8,000-square-foot, triplex penthouse on Lake Shore Drive for $3.2 million. The Jordans, who divorced in 2006, paid $3 million in the 1990s for the four-bedroom penthouse. As part of the divorce, Michael wound up with the couple's 56,000-square-foot Highland Park mansion — which currently is on the market for $16 million — while Juanita received the Lake Shore Drive penthouse, which takes up its building's 39th and 40th floors plus its roof space. Chicago Tribune

A federal judge in Chicago withdrew from a civil case involving Michael Jordan after lawyers for the former Chicago Bulls star accused the jurist of comparing Jordan to a "hog" and "Dr. Frankenstein," though the judge denies the descriptions were aimed directly at the former NBA player. The legal fracas arose in a 4-year-old civil case in which Jordan star sued Dominick's Finer Foods LLC after the grocery store chain invoked his name and persona without permission in a 2009 Sports Illustrated advertisement. Charlotte Observer

June 19, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new uniforms on Thursday. The uniforms were designed in collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand, as Michael Jordan is the team's owner, even though the league's official apparel provider is adidas, which is still charged with producing the jerseys. The home uniform is white with purple numbers and teal letters, while the away jersey is predominately purple with teal numbers and white lettering. Both jerseys have "Hornets" across the chest, feature a hornet silhouette on the waistband and a Hornet cell design on the side of the shorts. The alternate jersey, which is to be worn 16 to 20 times, is teal with white lettering and purple numbers. It features "Charlotte" across the chest and the diving hornet logo on the shorts. All the jerseys feature a color accented V-neck, a tribute to the Hornets jerseys of old. ESPN.com

June 13, 2014 Updates

"I would like to thank Rod for his seven years of dedication to this organization," said Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan. "Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best." NBA.com

June 12, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan is now a billionaire. In February, my colleague and the Dean of athlete earnings, Kurt Badenhausen, pegged Jordan’s annual earnings at $90 million and his net worth at $750 million. But I have learned from sources familiar with the Charlotte Hornets that the former NBA great has increased his stake in his basketball team to 89.5% from 80% during the past several months. Forbes.com

Jordan first became an investor in the Hornets (then the Bobcats) in 2006 and became the controlling owner in 2010 when he bought out Robert Johnson for $175 million. Sports bankers say the Hornets are presently worth between $600 million and $625 million. Forbes.com

June 9, 2014 Updates

Elementary school students may be far too young to have seen Michael Jordan’s playing days, but they apparently know quite well of his legend. When Jordan walked into a classroom recently, according to this video posted on Instagram, a group of very excited students swarmed him in the way that is a mixture of terrifying and adorable. Jordan was visiting the school, Hornets Nest Elementary, to help unveil a new fund for classroom innovations. For The Win

Years ago Hornets owner Michael Jordan publicly envisioned a time when NBA players would view Charlotte as a free-agent destination. Sounds like Jordan believes that time is now. “I always thought it was a great destination. I think Big Al (Jefferson) proved you can come here and make a big difference,” Jordan said Monday. “Hopefully we can look at that and attract some other superstar.” Charlotte Observer

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