HoopsHype Michael Jordan rumors

February 12, 2014 Updates

Then Steve Smith asks LeBron to name the NBA’s Mount Rushmore, which is not easy. “I would say obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and you got Magic Johnson. And I would say my fourth… this is so tough, the greatest players of all time that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore… this is not fair. You know how many great players there is? “Oscar Robertson.” Then comes the question that will ignite hours of sports talk radio: When his career is over, will LeBron be up there? “Yes.” Why? “Because I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot on that (mountain).” NBCSports.com

Michael Jordan and his second wife, Yvette, welcomed the birth of identical twin daughters in Florida on Sunday. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Estee Portnoy, Jordan’s spokeswoman, confirmed the Feb. 9 births of Victoria and Ysabel. “Yvette Jordan and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” Portnoy said in a statement. SI.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan’s wife, Yvette, has given birth to the couple’s identical twin daughters, Jordan’s spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press. Portnoy said Yvette Jordan gave birth to Victoria and Ysabel on Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla., Portnoy said Tuesday night. Portnoy says “Yvette Jordan and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival.” Chicago Sun-Times

James, who has previously talked about being one of the greats of all time, was responding to a question during the interview when asked to name his personal Mount Rushmore, the four greatest players of all time. James' first three selections which he called the "easy three," were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. He deliberated before taking Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice. ESPN.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

Four significant pieces of Michael Jordan memorabilia sold at auction early Saturday morning. Three items related to Jordan's North Carolina career -- a diploma and two recruiting letters -- sold for more than $50,000 combined, while a game-used Dream Team uniform drew a $32,682 winning bid. ESPN.com

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster. This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. NBA.com

January 31, 2014 Updates

"I think he'll be back," Jackson said. "I think Kobe is going to be still a scorer. He can score. We saw Michael Jordan at the end of his career still scoring 20 points a game and he was 37-38, I think. Maybe he was 38-39, I can't really remember. But I think Kobe can still post up. I think he can still be a good screen-roll player. He's going to hit shots. He can still shoot the 3-pointer. I think he's really realistic about it. He's really pleased. He felt like, you know, I will come back." ESPN.com

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
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

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