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April 16, 2015 Updates

The Chicago Bulls are temporarily relocating the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center. The Bulls say the statue will be moved from the east side of the arena to the southeast corner Thursday -- weather permitting -- to prepare for construction of an office building. ESPN.com

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Judged by many collectors to be the most important Michael Jordan jersey to have ever entered the market, MEARS Auctions is featuring the actual shirt he wore during the 1998 NBA Finals. Virtual-Strategy Magazine

It was as if Carter had been nominated to campaign for a role that he could not refuse. He never did look comfortable. "I didn't want be the next anybody," said Carter. He was starring for an expansion franchise with no pedigree in a country that was, at that time, entirely foreign to the NBA. There was little to no understanding of what was being asked of him. As flattered as Carter was by the comparisons to Jordan, he didn't recognize where the expectations were leading him until it was too late. "I knew of Michael Jordan, but I did not know him personally. So I can never be `the next,"' Carter said. "My approach is different from his approach, or the approach of any other player. You can try like hell to be `the next' anyone, and copy their approach, and you're still not going to be the same. That's the thing I was trying to fight through -- throughout my career." NBA.com

April 2, 2015 Updates

The man convicted of fatally shooting Michael Jordan’s father in eastern North Carolina more than two decades ago hopes to win a new trial with what his attorneys describe as a wealth of new evidence. The Durham-based lawyers representing Daniel Andre Green, 40, maintain that a range of issues – from allegations of false testimony to police and jury misconduct – marred the 1996 trial that led to a lifetime prison sentence. Charlotte Observer

April 1, 2015 Updates

But while Jordan was ready for the NBA, the NBA wasn’t quite ready for Jordan. After playing their first two preseason games in Peoria and St. Louis, the Bulls were set to show off their prized rookie to their hometown fans on October 9, 1984. They would face the Milwaukee Bucks, the defending Central Division champions led by former DePaul standout Terry Cummings, along with Sidney Moncrief, Paul Pressey and Craig Hodges. They were coached by eventual Hall of Famer Don Nelson. Needless to say, there would be some serious star power on the court. But instead of playing the game on their home court at Chicago Stadium, the Bulls met the Bucks somewhere else, a place that 31 years later is simply hard to fathom. That evening, as Michael Jordan was just beginning his iconic Bulls career, he played his very first game in the Chicagoland area — at a high school gymnasium. CSN Chicago

Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana, was the lucky institution that hosted Jordan and the Bulls that night, and those who were there still can’t believe it actually occurred. “We were very excited. I mean, to have Michael Jordan playing at your high school gym? He was coming off the Olympics. Everybody was crazy about it,” said Michael Puente, a reporter for WBEZ-Radio who in 1984 was a sophomore at Washington High School. “It’s near the top as one of the biggest events that ever occurred in the city of East Chicago.” “Looking back, it’s hard to believe that that’s how it all transpired,” said Tim Hallam, the Bulls Senior Director of Public & Media Relations who’s been with the Bulls since 1977. He says that heading to East Chicago to play an NBA game that night didn’t seem all that unusual. CSN Chicago

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After all, the Bucks practice facility is located on the grounds of the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center in St. Francis, Wis., south of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan. How much security do they really need? I sat down in the lobby and tried to make eye contact. Nothing. Wake up, buddy! I wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to get fooled. It’s a sculpture, a very lifelike sculpture that has duped several people, including players, new employees and visitors. Legend has it Michael Jordan walked into the Bucks practice facility, said hello to Art, was ignored and complained to Bucks management that the security guard didn’t acknowledge him. For The Win

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Who would he have chosen to play with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson? “With “Showtime” they loved to get the ball up and down the court and Magic loved to get the ball to the big man. He would be feeding me lobs and dunks all day long. Michael would be scoring 60, I’d have to go get the rebound.” FanSided

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But Jordan wasn't comfortable with the different drafts, and at that moment, he took matters into his own hands. He thought of a way to keep to his style of being simple and straight to the point: "I'm Back." "He felt that it didn't require an explanation or a justification," said Falk, who faxed the final press release to media outlets. "I thought I was a pretty good writer, written a lot of things, but he said, 'Let me do this.' So he sat down at the table and thought about it for a couple of minutes and he wrote, 'I'm Back.' He said, 'OK, that's it.' It was classic Michael Jordan. It was elegant in simplicity, it communicated how he felt, it said it all. "It was like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, 'I'll be back.' Sometimes you don't have to be prosaic to be elegant in your expression. His two words expressed it all." Bleacher Report

Watching from a distance were Dwyane Wade, who was 13 at the time, and Jamal Crawford, 14. They were both at home—Wade in Chicago with his stepbrothers and Crawford with a friend in Los Angeles. "My brother was sitting in the kitchen with his small 12-inch TV watching all the coverage, [Jordan] pulling up in a Ferrari," said Wade, who's a good friend of the Hall of Famer and was an endorser of his company at one point. "It was just a cool moment. It's crazy that it was 20 years ago. I was my son, Zaire's, age now. "When he came back, it was just the excitement that we got the opportunity to witness him more. Being a kid in the community that I grew up in, it was big to have that confidence, to walk around with that kind of swagger. You don't understand the impact that the Bulls, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, those guys had on me as a young kid. They were the reason that I had a dream, a hope that I can be that one day." Bleacher Report

"It was a distraction for sure, but a welcome one," Longley said. "The practices started to be much more heated, much more competitive—longer even, too. We had to get a lot of work in to get Michael up to speed with the team, or the team up to speed with Michael depending on which way you want to look at it. "I do remember there being a lot of scrimmaging. Michael wanted to get up and down the court, and he was matching up with Scottie, and Scottie was in midseason form and at the height of his game. So that was a good way to bring Michael up to speed. Michael was just feeling his own way and we were wondering what was going on." Bleacher Report

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