On the same day LeBron James sent out save the date card for his September wedding went public, Michael Jordan applied for a marriage license at the downtown courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Associated Press reported.
In an odd coincidence, MJ and LeBron got engaged within days of each other. LeBron proposed to his girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, just after midnight on New Year’s 2012. Jordan’s publicist announced his engagement to his girlfriend of three years, Cuban model Yvette Prieto, just three days before.
According to TMZ, Jordan and Prieto will get married on April 27. That fits within the 60-day window they’ll have after their marriage license is granted.
It will be the second marriage for Jordan, 50.
David Stern will retire as NBA commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014 after 30 years on the job, the league announced announced on Thursday. Stern’s replacement: deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who was unanimously approved to take the position, according to multiple reports.
“I’d like to think I did an adequate job,” Stern said at his state-of-the-league press conference shortly after the news was announced. He added that he “could not be happier” knowing that Silver would take his place.
“Adam’s title will be the commissioner elect, but they’re still going to have me to kick around for the next 15 months,” Stern said.
Stern, 70, took over as commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984, as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were peaking, and Michael Jordan was set to enter the league. He presided over the NBA’s growth from a financially strapped sport to a global commercial powerhouse.
Feeling nostalgic for McDonald’s McJordan burger of 1992, you know, the one named after Michael Jordan?
If so, a gallon jug of the barbecue sauce can be yours for just $9,995 on eBay. If you want to re-create the burger at home after purchasing the sauce, it had cheese, onion, pickles, barbecue sauce and bacon.
No living room is complete without a life-sized oil painting of Shaq and now you can own a painting of the Big Diesel. The painting is valued at $100,000, but act now and you can own this masterpiece for $3,995 according to the Craigslist post.
Not a fan of Shaquille O’Neal then buy a painting of Magic Johnson, Yao Ming, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, among others.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Karim Khatib a fan of Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade found out the hard way. Khatib ran a photo of some shoes and tweeted this message:
“won @DwyaneWade signed shoes at michael jordan’s flight school!”
And those are fantastic bragging rights but it was undercut by a tweet from Wade himself:
“That’s cool. If only tht was my real signature RT @Karimelkhatib”
Central Florida basketball player Marcus Jordan, the son of retired NBA great Michael Jordan, was arrested in Omaha early Sunday following a disturbance outside a downtown hotel.
According to a news release, police responding to a call at the Embassy Suites found hotel security trying to subdue Marcus Jordan, who was having an argument with two women in the hotel driveway at 2:11 a.m. CDT.
The release said Jordan was “very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative,” and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.
Jordan was booked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing.
After winning a NBA championship things go crazy in a blink of a second and things get hectic so it’s no surprise things can can come up missing. That’s exactly what happened to newly crowned NBA champ LeBron James.
He was sure once he won he would be sobbing like Michael Jordan but responded more like Magic Johnson hopping up and down on the sideline ready to spray champagne and unleashed a smile that no one but family and friends have glimpsed since the whole Decision fiasco.
But after James retreated to the locker room, where teammates bathed him in a Budweiser, Dom Perignon, he caught a scare. He couldn’t find his Finals MVP trophy.
“Where’s my trophy?” James hollered, rummaging through his locker. “I left it right here!” He rushed through the tunnel back to the court, where he had to give an interview, but the moment it ended he asked, “Have you seen my trophy? Who took my trophy?” On the way to the press conference, where the MVP trophy was waiting all along, he relaxed a bit. “It’s just an individual award, anyway,” he says. “It’s not the one that matters.”
NBA 2K 13 pulled out all the stops and landed Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant, Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, and Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin for this year’s cover.
“Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a great way to cap off what has been an amazing season,” Durant said. “It’s humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.”
“There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick,” said Griffin.
“The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when I want to get a game in.” “It’s a dream come true to be one of the cover athletes for NBA 2K13,” Rose added. “I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports since NBA 2K10, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover.”
Through the years I grown apart from watching ESPN, especially SportsCenter, but throughout that time I’ve never disrespected the commercial department because they’ve always remain on top of their game. That department hit another home run off a previous ad they did where a regular guy named Michael Jordan finds out how life can be sharing the same name.
Now they flip the script with one of their own and show how rough it can be if that regular guy shares the name of First Take host Skip Bayless.
Karl Malone was best known for his days as a member of the Utah Jazz. He would have won a title too if it wasn’t for those meddling Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Malone was asked which of those two players were the best, and Malone gave an interesting answer to Dan Patrick.
“I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen,” he said. “This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren’t really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that. Plus, he’s a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael.”
Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was sentenced in family court Tuesday to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.
Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson also placed Rodman on three years of informal probation. The sentence includes the condition that Rodman pay current child and spousal support obligations.
“My suggestion is to use your talents as a motivator, as a fine, fine athlete and as a fine person to assist others in need,” Michaelson told the Basketball Hall of Famer.
During a recent appearance on NBC’s Today show, Rodman suggested he was keeping up with payments for his children and ex-wife.
“I am not a deadbeat dad.” Rodman said. “Yeah, I pay child support. I’m not one of the guys that made Michael Jordan money or Scottie Pippen money. I made a decent living in the NBA, but broke? I’m not broke.”
The Portland Trail Blazers undoubtedly have been one of the NBA’s most star-crossed franchises over the years.
This is, after all, the team that picked Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan and saw 2007 No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden’s Portland career end after just 82 games because of injuries.
And this season has again been marked by injuries, turmoil and upheaval in Portland. Before the season began, Brandon Roy — the 2006-2007 NBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star — retired due to chronic knee issues. And All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge’s season ended early when he had surgery on his ailing right hip.
Those and countless other examples have led some to talk about a “Blazers Curse.” And apparently it is not just fans and media members discussing the possibility.
“They might not want to admit it, but when I was there, my goodness, people were saying, ‘Are we really snake-bit? Are we really cursed?’ ” Camby said. “Doubts and talks like that came about. Everybody just tried to brush it to one side and remain positive, but it was hard to escape because everybody was talking about it. It’s hard to argue when it keeps happening year after year after year.”
Not sure if the kid sitting in the barber chair was old enough to remember Michael Jordan in a Chicago Bulls uniform but that didn’t stop Joe da Barber at Razor Sharp Cutz from doing great clip work. By the way Joe da Barber is from San Antonio.
Wonder if Calvin Casey will consider asking Joe da Barber to put Peyton Manning into his dome if he signs with the Denver Broncos?
Spike Lee, the man who once used to play Mars Blackmon in his movie She’s Gotta Have It and those Nike television ads that helped push Michael Jordan shoes into every American household, was wearing a Jeremy Lin inspired Mars shirt at tonight’s NBA All-Star festivities.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant agrees with me that former basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain should be at the number one spot on everyones list as greatest to ever play the game, they changed rules of the game and the size of the paint because of him. B
But then Bryant loses credibilty when he ranked himself above Michael Jordan at last years Drew League in a conversation he is having with former NBAer Marcus Banks.
Former NBA star and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan filed suit in a Chinese court against Qiaodan Sports Company Limited, a sportswear and footwear manufacturer, for unauthorized use of his name.
In a statement released through his spokeswoman, Jordan says he’s worked hard to establish his name and calls the issue “deeply disappointing to see a company build a business off my Chinese name without my permission, use the number 23 and even attempt to use the names of my children.”
Jordan says he’s “This complaint is not about money, it’s about principle and protecting my name.”
The Chinese company has registered and uses the name “Qiaodan” the moniker Jordan has been known by in China since he gained widespread popularity in the mid-1980s.
How did college basketballs eventually greatest coach Mike Krzyzewski handle rejection from arguably the greatest NBA player Michael Jordan in recruiting? As we all know by know Jordan chose North Carolina over rival Duke in 1980 but that didn’t stop a young coach for wishing Jordan the best.
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love not known for being a dirty, albeit yet, appeared to let Houston Rockets Luis Scola finally get under his skin in the third quarter after all the banging down low of tonights game. Love appears to deliberately step on Scola’s face as the NBA officials gave him Michael Jordan treatment and missed the obvious.
The Chicago Bulls are off to their best start since the Michael Jordan days donned a uniform as they are first in the East at 18-6. For center Joakim Noah, he got off to a slow start and he feels his contract extension is part of the reason. Noah says he thought about the contract and that got in the way as he told the Chicago Tribune:
“Yeah, no question, I thought about that,” Noah said. “Sometimes you feel like because you’re given so much money you’re expected to do things. That’s not the right mentality to have as a player.
“I’ve always been a player who reacts well to criticism and doubters,” Noah said. “I feel my teammates were always behind me. But I knew as well as anyone how poorly I was playing. And not only wasn’t I playing well, but I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I wasn’t playing loose out there. I was playing tight.
“In the beginning of the year, I was overthinking a lot. I was going through a lot of things personally. I feel a lot more comfortable now. I have to stop overthinking and just play.”
Michael Jordan has stated to youth campers in the past that he would pick Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant or Miami Heat’s LeBron James as well as saying he would taken Bryant in his prime. Now Jordan believes Bryant is worthiness to be compared to him.
Basketball author Roland Lazenby is writing a book about Jordan and tweeted some of his Airness comments after watching Bryant go off on a scoring binge.
“At 19, Kobe told me he just wanted to “be the man.” He scored 50 in a couple of high school games+longed to do it again+again.”
“Kobe’s MJ like in that his every action sets way high standards for teammates. Sometimes impossibly high. It was tough when Kobe was a teen.”
“Kobe’s ultimate competition is MJ. That’s why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn’t human. Ditto the Kobester.”
“I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.”
Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, has issued an interesting, unrealistic, challenge that could end the NBA’s nearly five-month old lockout: a one-on-one game against Michael Jordan.
“Come on Jordan!!,” Metta World Peace tweeted. “Bring it. One on one. I win lockout over. I’ll beat u with my eyes closed and a in and out burger in my right hand!!”
Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats, has become an important figure during this labor impasse, since he was on the other side of the negotiating table during the 1998-99 lockout and is now a leader among hardline owners. Jordan famously told then-Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin 13 years ago, “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, players are imploring Jordan to listen to his own advice.
Meanwhile, Artest offered another lockout challenge, tweeting, “Billy hunter and David stern should do face off on HBO with Max Kellerman. Fans want to see the debate!! We are confused! Lockout?;why?”
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has been fined by the NBA, three days after he made references to the locked-out league’s ongoing collective bargaining process on his Twitter account. The NBA fined him $500,000e, or say publicly why Arison was sanctioned.
Arison posted several tweets Friday night, including a reply to someone who tweeted “How does it feel to be a part of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don’t give a damn about fans … Fans provide all the money you’re fighting over … you greedy pigs.” Arison replied by saying “Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”
That tweet was deleted a short time later.
The NBA typically prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was fined in September after he told an Australian media outlet the NBA’s current business model was “broken.”
Dennis Rodman did a lot of things with the Chicago Bulls. Having a conversation with Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen was not one of them.
Rodman, who says “I thought it was important for me to go there and win” says that his conversations were with Randy Brown, Steve Kerr and Luc Longley but “me and Scottie and Michael never had a conversation in three years in Chicago. Only time we had a conversation was on the court, that was it. And nobody believes that.”
The lengthy interview also has Rodman talking about his reputation, his gambling and his drinking. “I burned both ends of the candle….and I’m still here.”
Michael Jordan is not just a weekend golfer and neither is his golf bag as his puts on display the six NBA championship rings he won. However does Jordan really need to go this route? Who pairs up with Jordan on the links and doesn’t already know?
Will Tiger Woods ever show up and have a 14 championship bag?