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Michael Jordan Responds to LeBron James ‘What Should I Do?’ Ad (Video)

UPDATE: This video seems to be a fake and just a YouTube creation.

I can’t really figure out where this came from or if it’s real for that matter, but it’s gone viral.  Michael Jordan has (allegedly) created a response to LeBron James’ infamous “What Should I Do?” commercial.  Although we’ve been critical of M.J. before for not being able to let go, I actually think this video is clever.  Here’s Michael Jordan’s response to LeBron’s “What Should I Do?” commercial, courtesy of The Big Lead:

At first I had the same “give it up, Michael” reaction that a lot of people will probably have, but then I realized if it rags on LeBron it must be okay in my book.  If nothing else, it helps make King James look like a little more of an a-hole.  That’s always the goal, isn’t it?

Did Kobe Bryant Choose 24 to One-Up Michael Jordan?

It’s been seven seasons since Michael Jordan last played in the NBA, yet the legend remains prevalent in basketball conversations. MJ earned six championships, six Finals MVP awards, and five regular season MVP awards during his 15-year career. He is widely considered the best player in the history of the NBA, and he goes to great lengths to preserve his legacy. That includes cutting down the stars of today’s game.

Jordan has ripped LeBron, said he would school Kobe Bryant, and further disparaged Kobe by only considering him a Top 10 guard in history. It’s no surprise Jordan would be threatened by Bryant who now has won five NBA titles, one short of tying Jordan. It also seems like the rivalry may go two ways.

Four years ago Kobe surprised everyone by announcing he was changing jersey numbers from 8 to 24. The reason for the change remains unclear; speculation has been that he changed to create more jersey sales, and that the 24 reflected Kobe’s 24/7/365 work ethic. Well here’s another theory. Dave McMenamin wrote on ESPN Los Angeles that Kobe may have intentionally chosen 24 because it’s one digit higher than Jordan’s famous 23. I don’t know if that’s true, nor does McMenamin, but it’s just as good of a theory as any other. And you know what? It works.

Kobe has established himself as one of the top players in the game and one of the best players all-time. With five championships in hand, he’s now chasing Michael Jordan. Expect the TV networks to play up that angle the rest of the season. You know that will automatically grab the attention of fans everywhere.

Michael Jordan: I Could Have Scored 100 Points in Today’s Game

Michael Jordan may officially be taking all this NBA 2K11 nonsense to the head.  There’s no arguing the concept is a fun one for gamers.  Heck, back in the day I remember being frustrated as s*** that I had to play basketball video games as a player who was clearly supposed to be Michael Jordan but was given a name like Joe Schmo.  Jordan never gave video game companies permission to use his name because he wanted to get paid if they did.  Surprise, surprise.

So gamers finally get the chance to play as MJ in a mainstream video game.  I guess it’s cool, but what isn’t cool is what Jordan said about the way the rules in the NBA have changed when he was giving an interview about the game:

It’s less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I’m pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points.”

MJ should probably realize that he has an inordinate amount of biggest fans, so there’s no need for him to be his own.  100 points? Wilt Chamberlain only did it because he was a physical freak of nature at the time and shot the ball 63 times.  Humans hadn’t even started getting that large yet.  It would be like if one of us went to the North Pole to take on Santa’ smallest little helper in a game of 1-on-1.

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Michael Jordan Rips LeBron: I Would Not Have Teamed with Magic, Larry

Ever since Michael Jordan retired (for the last time), we have talked about finding the next MJ. If the next Michael Jordan wasn’t Vince Carter or Kobe Bryant, then the replacement was supposed to be LeBron James. LeBron aspired to have that label, wearing jersey number 23 and even suggesting the NBA should retire the number. We know how LeBron feels about MJ, but what does Michael Jordan think of LeBron James lately? Jordan served up some hatorade on LeBron with the following comments he made at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, via Bill Simmons and utvolsfan86 on Twitter:

First MJ says Kobe has more game than LeBron, and now this? For the Jordan fans out there, it’s really just great to read this. Not only does Jordan make a great point supporting his own legacy, but he does so at LeBron’s expense. And he’s totally right—the casual fan not from Cleveland rooted for LeBron, at least in part, because fans want to witness undisputed, pure greatness. So Jordan speaks for the fans who wanted to see LeBron beat Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, not play with them.

Sources:
Bill Simmons on Twitter
utvolsfan86 on Twitter

M.J. Supports Blackhawks, Some Fans Didn’t Want Him There

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup took place on Sunday night at the United Center in Chicago. Among the usual star-studded crowd of celebrities like Vince Vaughn and former Chicago Blackhawks players Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito, there was another Chicago legend in the crowd — Michael Jordan.

It was only a couple months ago that Jordan became the new Charlotte Bobcats owner and confused his new city with Chicago. Was this a hint that Jordan missed the Windy City? Well his airness showed up to the United Center to watch the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers battle it out for a series lead. The UC is often called “The House that Jordan Built,” but despite that some people were upset he was there.

Rumors are swirling around Chicago that Michael Jordan is telling top free agents like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade not to come to the Chicago Bulls. It’s hard to know if that’s true, but I have a message to those unwelcoming fans: Sunday night was not about basketball. Jordan is a legend in Chicago. If MJ wants to show up to support one of the local teams then I will welcome him with open arms. Is it really smart to sit here and complain about the man who brought six championships to Chicago when there are already the negative recruiting rumors out there? No, it’s not. If there’s any truth to those rumors it only gives Jordan more of a reason to tell players to stay away from the city and fans.

Like I said, last night wasn’t about basketball. The coolest thing about M.J.’s presence in the building had to be the jersey he was wearing. Jordan owns a custom 23 Blackhawks jersey, but he chose to sport a Jonathan Toews jersey for Game 5. I would think for Toews that had to be an amazing feeling to see Michael Jordan wearing your jersey. At the end of the day I think it’s stupid to get upset about Jordan being there; Blackhawks fans should be happy that their team won instead of focusing on someone who showed up to support them.

Photo Credit: Mouthpiece Sports

The Sports Adulterers Hall of Fame

With Tiger Woods returning to competitive golf this week despite the recent revelations of his extramarital affairs, it got me thinking about other notorious spouse cheaters in sports. If we were to turn our backs on all the athletes who have cheated on their wives, who would we have left? If we were to shun every athlete who has ever done anything distasteful, then our Hall of Fames would be practically empty. Moreover, it’s amazing that some of the finest athletes in their sports dominated despite drama-filled lives. Today, let’s take a walk through The Sports Adulterers Hall of Fame and remember that what an athlete does in their personal life doesn’t necessarily impact their game.

Tiger Woods: He has returned to the golf world despite all the drama surrounding him and his family. Tiger was scrutinized for his multiple “indiscretions” and rumors swirled that he had even impregnated one of his mistresses a couple of times. Tiger has won 71 PGA Tour events, and 14 Majors to which he is second only to Jack Nicklaus. But beyond his honors and trophies, Tiger’s brilliance resulted in an explosion in popularity of the game which itsel has been an amazing achievement.

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Michael Jordan Confuses Charlotte with Chicago in Press Conference

Basketball legend Michael Jordan officially became the majority owner of the Charlotte  Bobcats on Thursday.  During his press conference, he expressed his excitement to be back where he started.  He said it was amazing that he had come “full circle” by having the chance to buy a team in the state where he grew up. But I think all the excitement got M.J. a little flustered.

While explaining his goals and hopes for the Bobcats, I think M.J. may have been envisioning a different scenario. Maybe one where he was being introduced as the Chicago Bulls new owner. Check out Michael Jordan’s slip-up at his press conference:

“The thing I want to get out this, I want to have fun. I want to provide entertainment to the public and the city of Chicago…I mean to the city of Charlotte.  Or Chicago too. I want to provide entertainment to everybody.”

Oops, there it is. It seems as though someone was thinking about Chicago while talking to Charlotte. That’s like getting with your special someone and saying your ex’s name. M.J was also asked if he would be moving full time to Charlotte, and he didn’t exactly say yes. He said that his kids are still in Chicago but he does have a home in Charlotte. And that means …? Oh, M.J. it’s understandable why you can’t let go of Chicago — Chicago can’t let you go either. But for your new team’s sake … let’s try to be a little more discreet about it. At least this was much different from your Hall of Fame speech.

Sources:
Chicago still on Jordan’s mind [Daily Herald]
Photo Credit [Charlotte Observer]