Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:53 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The following commercial for the video game NBA 2K12 isn't exactly basketball discourse at its finest, but it's guaranteed to get people talking. The premise: Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, the rapper Drake, and fans of the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks debate which NBA team was the greatest of all time.
"Today's Miami Heat plays above the rim," Drake argues. "Larry Bird couldn't even reach the rim."
Later, he elaborates: "South Beach is king."
Cut to a shot of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban clutching his Larry O'Brien trophy and the pay off line, delivered by Jordan: "I let my ring do my talking."
In case you were wondering, Jordan names the 1996 Bulls as the greatest team ever. That year, the Bulls went 72-10 in the regular season, setting an NBA record for wins, and 15-3 in the postseason, defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in six games to win the title. Jordan averaged 30.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.2 steals and shot 49.5% from the field on his way to his fourth ring.
Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user FreshpointsTV.
Hat tip: IAmAGM.com.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Player ratings for the popular basketball video game, NBA 2K12, continue to leak in advance of the game's Oct. 4 release.
A few weeks back, we noted that Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James was poised to lead the league in overall ranking with a 98, topping Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who checked in at 94.
Unofficially, just nine current NBA players check in with ratings at or above "90". All nine, including James and Bryant, were All-Stars last season. The others: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams.
A number of teams from the past are also included in the game. The 1992-1993 Chicago Bulls are included, led by Michael Jordan, who is rated a 99, and Scottie Pippen, who is rated a 90. Jordan also receives a 99 on the 1997-1998 iteration of the Bulls while he scores just a 92 on the 1985-1986 team.
An expanded list of player rankings has been uploaded to YouTube by user NBA2K12stuff. More rankings have been revealed or compiled by PastaPadre.com and Examiner.com.
Here's a compiled list of ratings for some star players from those sources. Remember: this year's rookie class is not included in the game.
LeBron James -- Miami Heat -- (98)
Dwyane Wade -- Miami Heat -- (96)
Kobe Bryant -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (94)
Dwight Howard -- Orlando Magic -- (93)
Chris Paul -- New Orleans Hornets -- (93)
Kevin Durant -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- (92)
Derrick Rose -- Chicago Bulls -- (92)
Carmelo Anthony -- New York Knicks -- (91)
Deron Williams -- New Jersey Nets -- (90)
Russell Westbrook -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- (88)
Amar'e Stoudemire -- New York Knicks -- (88)
Pau Gasol -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (86)
Rudy Gay -- Memphis Grizzlies -- (86)
Andre Iguodala -- Philadelphia 76ers --(85)
Blake Griffin -- Los Angeles Clippers -- (85)
Dirk Nowitzki -- Dallas Mavericks -- (85)
Manu Ginobili -- San Antonio Spurs -- (85)
Rajon Rondo -- Boston Celtics -- (85)
Tim Duncan -- San Antonio Spurs -- (84)
Joe Johnson -- Atlanta Hawks -- (84)
Josh Smith -- Atlanta Hawks -- (84)
Steve Nash -- Phoenix Suns -- (84)
Monta Ellis -- Golden State Warriors -- (83)
Kevin Garnett -- Boston Celtics -- (83)
Stephen Jackson -- Milwaukee Bucks -- (83)
Gerald Wallace -- Portland Trail Blazers -- (83)
LaMarcus Aldridge -- Portland Trail Blazers -- (83)
Zach Randolph -- Memphis Grizzlies -- (83)
Paul Pierce -- Boston Celtics -- (82)
Eric Gordon -- Los Angeles Clippers -- (82)
Joakim Noah -- Chicago Bulls -- (82)
John Wall -- Washington Wizards -- (82)
Kevin Love -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- (81)
Al Jefferson -- Utah Jazz -- (81)
Danny Granger -- Indiana Pacers -- (81)
Chris Bosh -- Miami Heat -- (80)
Tyreke Evans -- Sacramento Kings -- (80)
Tony Parker -- San Antonio Spurs -- (80)
Stephen Curry -- Golden State Warriors -- (80)
Andrew Bynum -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (79)
Hat tip: Welcome To Loud City
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 9:18 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Breaking news: Michael Jordan is still super rich and marketable.
Forbes.com, the world's leading expert in determining and ranking the wealth of rich people, reports that Jordan actually made more money off the court in 2011 than he did during his career, even though nearly a decade has passed since his retirement.
We estimate that Jordan earned $60 million over the past year mainly through his endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports and Five Star Fragrances. He also owns five restaurants and a car dealership in North Carolina. His annual earnings are greater than any other sports figure save Tiger Woods who topped our world’s highest-paid athletes this year.Well, now we know what television commentator Charles Barkley was talking about when he recently said that a $100,000 fine Jordan received from the NBA for violating the league's lockout gag order was just a "drop in the bucket" for his golfing buddy. My goodness.
By comparison, Forbes.com also notes that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is the leading current NBA player in endorsement income, netting $53 million. Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James checks in at $48 million. Those numbers include their current salaries.
You can also look at it this way: Jordan, who recently became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, took home more in endorsement money last year than he is currently scheduled to pay in salary to his entire team in 2011-2012. StoryTellersContracts.com estimates that the Bobcats will spend $53 million to pay 11 players next season.
Forbes atributes Jordan's outstanding earning power to his popularity, likeability, the fact that he generally avoided scandals and controversies during his career and that he didn't face the same scrutiny as athletes of today.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 2:14 pm
By Matt Moore
ESPN reports that Michael Jordan has been fined $100,000 by the NBA league office for his comments in August with an Australian newspaper. Jordan said in mid-August:
"We have stars like Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team."via Michael Jordan airs Andrew Bogut issue | Herald Sun.
That mention of Bogut is forbidden, as the NBA is supposed to act like the players don't exist during the lockout, for a variety of legal reasons and because, well, it sets a tone. Jordan also spoke about the lockout and what the owners were looking for as far as revenue sharing. As that kind of talk publicly can undermine the league's negotiating efforts, that's also a no-no.
While less than the rumored $1 million fine for any league employee or representative for making contact with players or their representatives (unless you're Adam Silver, apparently), the fine is still considerable if accurate. Well, we mean in terms of most normal NBA fines or an average person's salary. For Jordan, he probably pulled it out of his wallet, or got it from under his couch cushions or something.
Jordan was also warned not to golf with NBA players at Lake Tahoe celebrity tournament. The NBA has levied other fines against team representatives like David Kahn for similar violations during the lockout. In short, the league's not kidding around, regardless of whether you're the greatest player of all time, a majority owner, or whoever. There are consequences to comments in this lockout.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 5:59 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
All the food tastes like victory.
Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and legendary Bulls guard Michael Jordan is opening a new steak house in Chicago on Tuesday. And the place sounds pretty awesome in this description from the Chicago Tribune.
Michael Jordan's Steak House Chicago will make its debut Tuesday in the InterContinental Chicago hotel (505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-321-8823), taking over that property's sprawling, architecturally fascinating second-floor dining space (which accommodates 160, plus a couple of 20-seat private spaces). The restaurant also is taking over the hotel's lobby-level bar space, which will be expanded to hold 90.The restaurant's website, mjschicago.com, promises only the best.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago will offer fine dining in a relaxed, approachable backdrop, sure to charm locals and tourists alike. With a penchant for perfection, similar to its namesake, Michael Jordan’s Steak House is not satisfied with good, we strive for the best, and the Chicago locale is the latest offering of an evolving brand rooted in excellence.GrubStreet.com grabbed a copy of the full dinner menu, in case you're interested. Highlights include: a $75 shellfish platter of shrimp, crab, oysters, and lobster; a $19 colossal crab cake; $28 lamb chops; an $89, 38 oz. prime porterhouse steak for two; and the $45 MJ's prime delmonico 16 oz. steak dry-aged for $45 days.
TimeOutChicago.com notes that the restaurant has added a number of gimmicky touches to complete the Jordan experience.
The chocolate cake has 23 layers. The chopped salad has 23 ingredients. The bone-in prime rib-eye steak rings in at 23 ounces. The InterContinental, it seems, is keeping His Airness’s legacy alive.The new Chicago joint joins other Michael Jordan Steak House locations in New York and Connecticut.
Images credit: Michael Jordan's Steakhouse on Facebook
Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk.com
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 9:20 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Nearly a decade after he played his last NBA game, Michael Jordan remains the personification of cool when it comes to hoops. Nothing proves that point better than the continued popularity of his Brand Jordan shoes, which reportedly gross more than $1 billon a year in revenue.
Unfortunately, Jordans are so cool that some teenagers are still willing to do whatever it takes to get a pair.
WCNC.com reports that a Charlotte, N.C., teen is being hit with felony robbery charges after allegedly robbing two people of their Air Jordan sneakers at gunpoint.
According to authorities, the two victims were walking when 16-year-old Marcus Allen Williams approached them with a pistol and demanded their Nike Jordan shoes. Once the victims handed over their sneakers, Williams reportedly took off running. Law enforcement located him within five minutes.The crimes hit close to home, as Jordan currently owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
The alleged robberies are a horrific reminder of Jordan's remarkable staying power. When Jordan was first emerging as the greatest player in basketball, Sports Illustrated wrote a lengthy feature on teenagers being murdered for Jordan's sneakers. And, as recently as 2005, a Chicago-area teen was killed for his Jordans.
"I thought I'd be helping out others and everything would be positive," Jordan told Sports Illustrated in 1990. "I thought people would try to emulate the good things I do, they'd try to achieve, to be better. Nothing bad. I never thought because of my endorsement of a shoe, or any product, that people would harm each other."
Hat tip: Chris Littmann
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:01 am
Edited on: August 20, 2011 11:02 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
This weekend, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hosted a fantasy basketball camp for a bunch of adults who wish they could play like him.
The Associated Press reports that all Wade could think about were the two guys who he wishes he could play like: Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Wade is 29 years old, that magical point where an NBA player generally reaches his athletic apex and has the right amount of experience to get the most out of it. While his career has been sensational to this point, the next two seasons represent Wade's prime, even if his numbers might be compromised to some degree because he plays with two All-Stars now in James and Bosh.
In other words, this really is winning time for Wade. By comparison, at the same age, Bryant was about to embark on back-to-back NBA titles after losing to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Jordan, meanwhile, was just putting the finishing touches on his first three-peat, about to take some time off to play baseball before putting together another three-peat.
We noted a few weeks back that Jordan is essentially out of reach for Bryant to catch him. That goes for Wade too. Unless the Heat are capable of putting together a massive dynasty unlike anything the modern NBA has seen, Wade won't be able to catch Jordan in the winning department and earlier injuries virtually ensure he can't catch Jordan on the statistics front.
Bryant is an excellent model for Wade, though. Both went through mid-career swoons after early success, although Wade's one title certainly wasn't quite the same as Bryant's three-peat. Both waited patiently (or impatiently) for a new cast to assemble, one loaded with talent and more than capable of bringing home the hardware. Each suffered a Finals defeat -- Bryant to the Celtics, Wade to the Mavericks -- as the group got its postseason bearings. Bryant then brought home two more titles while Wade and the Heat appear to be the odds-on favorites to win the next two titles.
There's a lot at stake here. If the Heat manage to roll off a three-peat, Wade vaults into the conversation as the best two-guard not named Michael Jordan. If he's only able to net one -- or, in a worst case scenario -- if the Heat can never assemble the right scrap parts around the Big 3, history isn't likely to treat him nearly as kindly. It's unusual for a player as skilled and successful as Wade to have such a wide range of possibilities for his legacy this late in his career, but that's the situation facing him.
And that's why he's putting the onus on his team's improvement on his own shoulders.
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 1:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
NBA 2K12 has finally revealed its full list of the 15 basketball legends that will be included in this year's game. The group is led by the game's three cover boys -- Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson -- and also includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving, who were revealed in early August.
The final ten names, in alphabetical order: Wilt Chamberlain, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West.
The final list aligns fairly well with the suggestions we made a few weeks back. Chamberlain, Olajuwon, Robertson, Russell, Thomas and West were all included on our list of preferred candidates. Of course, that means there are some of bones to pick with the remaining four names: Ewing, Pippen, Stockton, Malone.
For starters, that group makes the overall list really heavy on the 1990s, a time when Jordan was king. That makes sense from a marketing and business standpoint, as those are often seen as the golden years of the NBA for men aged 25-40, presumably a major demographic who will be purchasing this game. But if you're going to go all 1990s, leaving Charles Barkley and the insanely fun early-1990s Phoenix Suns off the list is inexcusable. Barkley over Ewing or one of the Jazz pair is a no-brainer.
NBA 2K12 smartly mitigated against widespread snubbing, though, by including a whole host of other legends in a roundabout way. How? As Kotaku.com notes, Barkley and other top-50 players like Elgin Baylor, Shaquille O'Neal, Pete Maravich, Clyde Drexler, David Robinson, Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier will be available as players on the opposing teams facing off against the legends in a series of "NBA's Greatest" rivalry games. Barkley will appear as a member of Dr. J's 76ers and a young O'Neal will be on the 1994-1995 Orlando Magic. Here's the full list of match-ups.