Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan

15
Dec
09

Who Wears Short Shorts? The ’84 Olympic Team That’s Who!

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, game footage from when the 1984 US Olympic team took on the NBA All-Stars in an exhibition game. On the Olympic team’s side you have such luminaries as:

Alvin Robertson
Vernon Fleming
Steve Alford
Leon Wood
Joe Kleine
Jon Koncak
Wayman Tisdale
Sam Perkins
Jeff Turner
Patrick Ewing
Chris Mullin
and some young unknown named Michael Jordan (#9 in your program)

On the NBA All-Stars side they had:

Magic Johnson
Isiah Thomas
Walter Davis
Alex English
Larry Nance
Michael Cooper
Butch Carter
Kiki Vandeweghe
Kurt Rambis

Not bad at all. Add in Bobby Knight coaching the Olympians and it’s quite the contest. Hey, remember those old shorts! I think if teams are going to really embrace the throwback uniform concept they need to bring back the shorts too.

Note that even before he came into the league NBA commentators were predicting Jordan could one of the greatest players in NBA history. I mean, sure, there’s hyperbole all the time, but at least in this case it turned out to be true. Also pretty amazing how much the game has changed from then to now, Michael is clearly playing a different game from the rest of them. And since when did Sam Perkins EVER have game?

The Olympic team won 84-72.

[A Stern Warning]

07
Oct
09

SF Tells Jordan to Take the Stog Out of His Mouth

pga_g_jordan1_300In town for the President’s Cup golf tournament at Harding Park, Michael Jordan received a polite chastising from the folks that run the course. A photo of Jordan — who is serving as an honorary assistant to US captain Fred Couples — puffing on a cigar during a practice round caused the controversy.

Owned by the city, Harding Park is a smoke-free facility, even out on the course, and so Recreation and Parks general manager Phil Ginsburg sent an e-mail to the PGA Tour.  “It was a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegaland that we would appreciate their support.”

It seems that Jordan knew he wasn’t allowed to do it, but said, “Fuck it, I’m Michael Jordan,” which, to be fair, he is. He told PGATour.com that he “heard this is a public place, so they limit what you can smoke. I’m not even supposed to be smoking, but this was a practice round and no one said anything.”

In a perfect world, Jordan likes to smoke a minimum of three cigars per round. A violation of the smoking ban can cost as much as a $100 fine, and methinks Jordan probably has that in the bank.

“But don’t expect me to ask him for it,” city attorney’s spokesman Matt Dorsey told the SF Chronicle.

[ESPN]

28
Aug
09

Pee in the Shower, For the Kids

Water conversation is an important issue, particularly it seems in Brazil where they came up with this creative PSA. As a means of encouraging people to pee in the shower – which according to this ad can save 1,157 gallons of water per year — the ad uses a number of celebrity likenesses, including Stephen Hawking and King Kong. Most interesting was their usage of His Airness himself, Michael Jordan. Is Jordan a shower-pee-er?

[Sporting News]

16
Feb
09

Hey Chris, Slow Down

From one of the parties at the All Star weekend comes this photo of Michael Jordan and Chris Tucker, who it seems has aged considerably. Hey Chris, you don’t have to do EVERY drug that’s put in front of you, you know.

chris-tucker-and-mj

[The Big Lead]

13
Feb
09

Now Entering the Hall

I haven’t done any research on this whatsoever, but this year’s contenders to the Basketball Hall of Fame may just be the best class ever. Headlining the list of first-time eligible players is some guy who goes by the name of Michael Jeffrey Jordan, you might have heard of him, I hope he makes it! Anytime you have the greatest player of all time in the mix that’s going to up the quality of the class, but let’s look at who else is eligible and likely to make it.

How about Mr. Consistent, John Stockton? Sure, he only holds the records, by a healthy margin, for career steals AND assists, despite no titles I don’t think there is much question that he’s in.

Joining his fellow Dream Teamers is the Admiral himself, former San Antonio Spur David Robinson. Sure, he wasn’t able to win a championship without Tim Duncan, but when the Twin Towers were paired together and going strong no one could stop them, and they did have that pretty healthy run of championships. Robinson also is by all accounts, one of the nicest people in the game and hey, he served in the Navy too so, that’s pretty awesome.

Other people eligible include another Dream Teamer, Chris Mullin, former Celtics great the late Dennis Johnson, Don Nelson as a coach, the Utah Jazz’ Jerry Sloan, Rutger’s women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer and Washington Bullet Bernard King.

All in all, a pretty damn dope cast of characters. I’d pay money to watch them have a pick-up game, even now.

[ESPN]




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