HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

November 24, 2014 Updates

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

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"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

November 10, 2014 Updates

“MJ is as strong a competitor as we’ve ever seen but I think it took him some time to realize that he just couldn’t be MJ and will things to go his way as an owner,” said a rival GM who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He knows hoops, obviously, but with the scouting, the constant evaluation of talent, the movement towards statistical analysis — running a team is a full-time job and you can’t do that from the golf course. Hire good people and get out of their way. I think he’s learned that.” UTSanDiego

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Obama was asked in a radio interview to respond to Jordan's recent criticism that the president was a "sh**ty golfer." "I've never played with Obama, but I would," Jordan told Ahmad Rashad during an appearance on Back9Network. "But, nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him." The president was not impressed, saying Jordan "wasn't very well informed about this." "There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am," Obama told WJMR, a Wisconsin radio station. "Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case." And later ... "He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or maybe the Hornets," the president said. "But that's a whole other issue. Charlotte Observer

October 29, 2014 Updates

"If I feel like he's going the wrong way that is when I will step in, like most parents do, and say, 'Look you need to focus on this and think about that,'" Jordan said. The internal intensity and sometimes uncontrollable competitive drive undoubtedly cost Stephenson money during free agency, and he knows the Hornets can't afford the distractions on the floor. "I have to cut down on the antics," Stephenson said. "I have to do whatever it takes to stay on the floor. If I get too much into the antics and get teched out I can cost the team." USA Today Sports

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