Tag:Michael Jordan
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 5:09 pm

Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown steps down as team struggles, Michael Jordan announces. michael-jordan-larry-brown Posted by Matt Moore

UPDATE 5:03 p.m: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the separation was amicable, but that Jordan called Brown in this morning to inform him he and his staff would be let go. He also asked Brown for a list of candidates, but stipulated, this is to be considered an interim position. That decision will likely narrow their list of candidates. For more on possible Bobcats replacements, Ben Golliver breaks it down including a list of candidates according to Ken Berger, including Paul Silas, Patrick Ewing, and Dan Majerle. 

UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: NBA FanHouse reports that the entire staff has been let go and that a new coach is expected to be installed tomorrow (which makes it sound like he's drywall). 

Larry Brown has resigned as Charlotte Bobcats head coach, Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today in the following press release: 

“I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary,” Jordan said.

“This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made. I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team. He has played a key role in this organization’s development including coaching us to our first-ever playoff appearance last season. Larry will continue to be a valuable advisor to me regarding the team. The search for a successor will begin immediately.”

This marks a huge change of direction for the Bobcats, and it's unlikely that Brown himself is through coaching. He was linked to coaching vacancies in Philadelphia as recently as last summer prior to the hiring of Doug Collins. With Brown out, the Bobcats are now a sinking ship with long-term contracts and no one at the helm. Jordan just claimed majority ownership last year, and now after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the team finds itself in utter disarray. How they'll get back to calmer waters is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure. Brown will have better opportunities open to him for his next job than the Bobcats will for their next head coach. 


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Posted on: December 20, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman says that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and himself could beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in a game of 3-on-3. Posted by Ben Golliver

In a wide-ranging interview with Miami radio station WQAM and transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews, former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman argues that he and former teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen could defeat the Miami Heat's big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a game of three-on-three. After first letting the radio audience know that Bill Laimbeer "wasn't a [male private part]" and suggesting that popular television talk show host Oprah Winfrey should retire, Rodman said that an imagined match between the Bulls' core and the Heat's current star-studded lineup would be "no contest. That's not even a question." Rodman's statement should come as no surprise: former NBA players almost uniformly believe they are more talented than their modern-day counterparts, and Rodman has the ultimate ace in hole because he won three NBA titles with the Bulls and the newly-constructed Heat have yet to win anything.   With that said, it's difficult to argue that the Heat would be able to give the Bulls a real money in a three-on-three game. Jordan is clearly the best player out of the bunch, Pippen is the prototype for a LeBron-stopper given his strength, length and quickness, and Rodman would get so far inside Bosh's head the Heat forward might start openly weeping on the pavement. The Bulls would also be able to switch every pick on the perimeter, as Jordan, Pippen and Rodman are all talented, versatile defenders, while the Heat wouldn't have that luxury, as Bosh would have no chance against Pippen, much less Jordan. When you stop to think about it, it's comical that Bosh is even included in these hypothetical conversations concerning NBA Hall of Famers.  The only threesome that could give the Bulls a run for their money would be one with a talented, humongous center in the middle, someone like Shaquille O'Neal or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who could overpower or play above Rodman on the block. You're simply not beating that team on the perimeter, it's impossible. Taking this further, I'm not sure whether James, Wade and Bosh could defeat the Boston Celtic's trio of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett or the Los Angeles Lakers' trio of Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. Boston would have a distinct playmaking and intensity advantage while Los Angeles could match Miami's perimeter versatility and boasts added low-post length and skill in Gasol. Finally, though, there's no shame in not being able to stay with Chicago's legendary group for the Miami Heat. They've got larger, real-life problems anyway, as they look to extend their 12-game winning streak on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks are one of the league's hottest teams, having won nine of their last 10 games. 
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:13 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

Report: Bobcats shopping Wallace, Jackson

The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly shopping both of their co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, in trade talks. Posted by Ben Gollivergerald-wallace-stephen-jackson The Charlotte Bobcats can be described in two words: terrible and irrelevant. at 9-16, the Bobcats are nine games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division race, also rans that are closer to battling for the cellar than they are for playoff contention.  That's not good enough for many NBA owners, and surely the uber-competitive, used-to-winning Bobcats owner, former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, is already getting sick of it. Word got out recently that Jordan chewed his team out after a recent loss, and now comes word from the Charlotte Observer that the Bobcats are peddling key players on the trade market.
The Charlotte Bobcats have been gauging the trade value of various players, including co-captains Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, two NBA sources confirmed Thursday.
The two sources – executives with other NBA teams – spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. “It would not surprise me at all’’ if the Bobcats move one of their top players, one source said. “I will say I think they’re asking for a lot.’’ Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins did not immediately return a phone message left early Thursday evening.
The paper also notes that five Bobcats that were acquired over the summer became eligible to be traded on Dec. 15. Both Wallace and Jackson have been tossed out in trade rumors before, but both would be difficult to replace for the Bobcats. Wallace brings a hard-nosed, boxscore-stuffing, all-around game on a night in and night out basis, while Jackson is the team's leading scorer and, given his passion for the game, its emotional leader.  The problem with trading one of both of these players is that the Bobcats are atrocious on offense, ranked No. 26 in the league in efficiency and No. 28 in points per game. Jackson, at 17.7 points per game, and Wallace, at 16.7 points per game, are the team's two leading scorers. After those guys, who can both fill it up fairly reliably, coach Larry Brown would be turning to a hodgepodge of role players like D.J. Augustin and Boris Diaw to carry the scoring load. That's clearly not a winning formula. Last weekend, the Bobcats tried to talk their way into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, which would certainly address their need for top-end scoring, but no one really believed they were a player, because Charlotte isn't exactly a hot destination for a superstar of Anthony's calibre, even with Jordan's universal appeal.  The Bobcats are regularly active and this year will likely be no exception. Whether they are able to get commensurate value for Wallace and/or Jackson and feel comfortable pulling the trade trigger on one or both of them remains to be seen.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:06 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm

Shootaround 12.13.10: Nuggets GM talks Carmelo

The Denver Nuggets spin with the Carmelo Anthony situation, Avery Johnson says Kobe Bryant could be better than Michael Jordan, the Miami Heat could let an asset go to waste, the Sacramento Kings owners whoop it up while the Los Angeles Clippers owner trash talks his own players and two Western Conference big men are on the mend. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri tells the New York media that he feels the situation with Carmelo Anthony is "promising." Writes the New York Post: "Ujiri told a throng of reporters that Anthony's sentiment is different than when he came aboard. 'I think it's encouraging that he says that (he's open to re-signing)," Ujiri said. "From when I got on board until now, that's encouraging. We have had a lot communication. "I'm sure everybody thought he'd be gone at training camp," Ujiri added. "It's promising that he's still here."
  • Yahoo! reports that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been taunting his players from his courtside seats during games, including point guard Baron Davis. What a mess. Here's Davis' quote on the matter: “There’s nothing I can say. I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles."
  • Roundball Mining Company takes a minute to reflect on Denver Nuggets coach George Karl's 1000th victory. The site highlights a turning point. "As time passed, Karl seemed to find a healthy balance between caring enough on the court and not caring too much.  His passion appeared to return, largely thanks to the trade of Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups."
  • New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson on Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, as quoted by the New York Post. "[Bryant] could arguably be 1. In some polls, he'll be 2," the Nets coach said yesterday about the players he has seen since he entered the NBA in 1988. "He could be 1-A and Jordan can be 1-B or Jordan, some polls they'll be flipped. Fortunately I had a chance to play against both of them and now played and coached against Kobe. And boy, sometimes they're looking like the same player."
  • The Sun-Sentinel reports that there is a good chance the Miami Heat will allow their Disabled Player Exception, acquired from power forward Udonis Haslem's long-term injury, to go unused.
  • Here is a hilarious behind-the-scenes visit from FoxSports.com with the Kings owners during the Miami Heat's recent trip to Sacramento. The Maloofs run the gamut of emotions throughout the course of the game, eventually concluding that LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant.
  • Speaking of Western Conference big men returning from injury, the Deseret News reports that Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur could be "within a week or two."
Posted on: November 26, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 10:52 am

Video: An answer for LeBron from M.J.?

Posted by Royce Young

If you're not sick of LeBron's "What Should I Do?" commercial you either don't own a television or you're LeBron's mother. When it first came out, everyone was blown away by it. It was spot on, delivered a huge message and was really the first step in LeBron rehabilitating his tattered public image post-Decision.

But with a little oversaturation and some time to really think on it, LeBron's commercial has taken a bit of a beating. Cleveland residents put together their answer for LeBron. South Park spoofed it. And now, through a fan made mash-up, Hir Airness has lobbed a response.

Everyone seems to be accepting this as a real commercial for Jumpman, but it just feels like an excellent edit job from an enterprising fan. But that could be wrong. I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. Regardless, it's strong. (UPDATE: It's a fan made video for sure.)

If it were the real deal, I think LeBron might curl up in a little ball and cry for a few hours over this one. He reveres M.J. and for Jordan to throw a punch through a commercial says a whole lot. In the end, it's all about Nike trying to sell a few more sneakers, but there's a message here and it's pretty darn clear.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Kobe Bryant, labor leader

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is taking up the player's cause in the NBA collective bargaining negotiations. Posted by Ben Golliver kobe-bryant
Kobe Bryant's reputation as a basketball player is secure. If he walked away from basketball today, he would leave as a legend. A generation-leading, annual all-star game attending, gold medal-winning, MVP, Finals MVP and five-time NBA champion, Bryant has done everything there is to be done on a basketball court. He's already a top five guard of all time, will likely retire as one of the top 10 NBA players ever, and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, no questions asked. But CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that Bryant is ready to break some new ground, joining Laker teammate and player's union president Derek Fisher as a leading voice for the players in the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, a dispute that threatens the 2011-2012 NBA season. 
Bryant, the highest-paid player in the league under what is likely to be his final contract, is scheduled to join Michael Jordan as the league’s only $30 million players in the final year of the deal in 2013-14. Asked where he stands in the labor dispute that could be more punitive to stars like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose – who likely won’t get new contracts until a new CBA is in place – Bryant said, “I’m going to fight for our players.” 
“It’s about making sure we have the best deal going forward,” Bryant said. “That’s my stance and that’s not going to change. I’m not going to waver. It’s about taking care of the generation that’s coming after us. That’s what the guys before us tried to do, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m not going to waver from that.” 
On the court, Bryant doesn't give his opponents an inch and he doesn't stand slights from anyone without exacting some form of revenge. And "slighted" is exactly how the players should feel given the owners' recent rhetoric surrounding salary cuts, roll backs, a hard cap and potential contraction in the face of increasing basketball-related income.  Really, the owners are engaged in Kevin Garnett style huffing and puffing, demeaning the players by dragging the negotiations to needlessly sensational levels.   The most obsessively driven NBA player since Michael Jordan, life is a competition for Bryant, so the current labor strife is a natural fit for his personality, even if he's chosen, like Jordan, to generally steer clear of hot topics and controversy, especially since the incident in Colorado. Good on Bryant for taking this step to stand up for his fellow players, following in a line of superstars that traces back to Bob Cousy, who championed for a player's union, and Oscar Robertson, who helped establish the legal basis for free agency in the NBA.  From this point forward, everything Bryant does and says should be viewed as historical positioning. A quest to top Michael Jordan's six rings, a climb up the all time scoring list, a second gold medal as part of the 2012 Olympics team: all will help his case when it comes time for history to compare him to the league's other super-superstars. Leading a labor charge, or at least throwing his heft behind it, is worth brownie points in bunches when it comes to the big-picture. Reaching a labor deal would have a practical payoff for Bryant too, of course. Should the Lakers win their third straight title this season, the 2011-2012 season, the one that's in jeopardy due to a potential lockout, would be Bryant's first chance at a seventh title, which would surpass Jordan's mark. Whatever Bryant's motivation for entering the debate -- his own self-interest, the common good of the players, or both -- it isn't as important as the fact that he has spoken up. Players around the league idolize and fear him, and his words therefore carry more cachet than any other player's. Bryant talks; everyone listens. NBA owners may be about to find out what NBA coaches have known for more than a decade: you don't want to anger Kobe Bryant. 
Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Michael Jordan's Mercedes Benz for sale on eBay

Michael Jordan's Mercedez Benz SLR 722 is reportedly being sold on eBay. Posted by Ben Golliver I won't kid myself and I won't waste your time: it really doesn't matter what I write in this space, because directly below these words will appear multiple pictures of NBA Hall Of Famer Michael Jordan's 2007 Mercedes Benz SLR 722, which is currently being sold on eBay. michael-jordan-mercedes-benz Please re-attach your jaw to your face.  This car is absolutely sick and, if given the option, I would trade my entire car for just one of the Lambo doors on this bad boy. Are you kidding me? michael-jordan-mercedes-benz-2 Both pictures via eCarlist. Follow the link for many more. OK, it's time for a few specs if you haven't passed out on me yet. 
  • 5.5L SEFI AMG supercharged V8 engine. 
  • 209 MPH top speed. 
  • 19 inch alloy wheels. 
  • 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. 
And here's the sales pitch from the seller...
You are looking at a very rare Mercedes Benz SLR 722 in mint condition. Clean 1 owner Carfax. This was the one and only Michael Jordan's 722 with title signed by him! This car is loaded with carbon fiber from the hood to the floor pans and wheel wells. Still has Mercedes Benz factory warranty till aug of 2011 or 50,000. Comes with all papers, books, keys, trickle charger, k40 radar, and SLR car cover. Owned by the one and only, Michael Jordan. 
Best of all, the Benz has less than 1,000 miles on it. Worst of all, the price tag is $429,000+, which is more expensive than most houses. But I'd probably prefer to live in this Mercedes compared to most houses, so it seems like a good value all things considered. Is there room for a half-bath?
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:52 pm

Forget MJ, Kobe Bryant is a top 5 guard

Michael Jordan says Kobe Bryant is a top 10 guard of all time. He should have said top five.
Posted by Ben Golliver

In a recent interview with USA Today , Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the history of basketball, was asked how Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant stacks up to the greatest who have ever played the game.
It's so hard to say. I think he is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who've played by the time he is finished. Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the Top 10.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports caught up with Bryant for his reaction to Jordan's comment.
“It’s an accurate statement,” Bryant said. “I’m definitely one of the top 10 guards. It could mean two, it could mean one, it could mean four or five. I’m definitely one of the top thousand. Look, I know how he feels about me. “There have been a lot of great guards to play the game. For me to sit here and say, ‘He should have said top five,’ that’s disrespectful to the other guards that I’ve watched.”

In this case, I'm happy to be "disrespectful" to Jordan on Bryant's behalf: Michael Jordan should have said Kobe Bryant is a top five guard. Period.   In his 2009 The Book Of Basketball , Bill Simmons set out to rank the best players in the game, in part, to help settle questions like this one. Simmons ranked Bryant as the No. 15 player overall, and the only pure guards ranked ahead of Bryant were Jordan (No. 1 overall), Magic Johnson (No. 4 overall), Jerry West (No. 8 overall) and Oscar Robertson (No. 9 overall).  You can quibble over West/Robertson, but the rest, including Bryant, seem right to me. Since the book's release last fall, Bryant won another title with the Lakers, so his standing has only improved. Bryant refused to rank himself when given the opportunity by Spears, and this was a wise move, because current players will always be at a sentimental disadvantage when compared to retired players. Magic Johnson brings back memories, Oscar Robertson evokes tales, and Kobe Bryant still makes plays. That process of continually adding to his resume works against him whenever we try to assess his standing against stationary targets. Given that he is battling legends, the standard for Bryant to overtake guys like Robertson and West will be exceedingly high and probably not attainable until he retires, and his statistics and ring total go final.  Jordan and Johnson may wind up completely unassailable, regardless of how Bryant's career plays out, such is the magnitude of their cultural power.   Whether Bryant ever cracks that top two isn't today's discussion. Today, it's more important to realize that it's far more difficult to exclude Bryant from the top five guards of all time than it is to include him.  Who would you rather have? Bob Cousy? Isiah Thomas? John Stockton? Rick Barry? Cousy - with his titles, leadership and revolutionary back court play - makes the strongest sentimental case, but he doesn't pass the smell test. You don't think Kobe Bryant in his prime would wipe the parquet with Cousy in his prime if given the chance? On both ends Bryant's athleticism and length would be overpowering. As for the rest, they didn't win as often or in as dominating a fashingon as Bryant has. Jordan's comment shows an appreciation for the game's other great guards and, perhaps, a self-protective impulse. Surely it's easier for Jordan to remain king eternally if his strongest current challenger is given more ground to make up. It was a savvy play by Jordan and Bryant's response showed equal thoughtfulness.  Bryant knows historical rankings can't be campaigned for, they are given out collectively once they've been deemed "earned".  He also knows he's well on his way.
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