EXNBA Summary: Michael Jordan in 2013


jordan-2013Despite that Michael Jordan, arguably the best player who has ever played basketball, has not played a game since 2003, he has remained “active” in the media.

Majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, and 6-times the NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.

Summing up the yearend, the article below is a compilation of what EXNBA tracked down throughout 2013 about Michael Jordan.

TALKING ABOUT MJ…

Several NBA legends have praised Jordan this year. One of them was Charles Barkley, who said that “Michael Jordan had the perfect body” and that “as great as Kobe Bryant is, he is a notch below Michael Jordan.” He also spoke of Lebron James, comparing him to Jordan. Read it here.

Another one was Magic Johnson, who said if Jordan played Lebron James one on one, Jordan would win 10 games of 10. Read more here.

In his book, “Eleven Rings,” former NBA coach Phil Jackson wrote that Michael Jordan was a better leader, shooter and defender than Kobe Bryant. Jackson coached both players, so he knows best. More on the story here.

Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teammate, retired forward-center Horace Grant said Jordan was the “best of the best”. He in particular said that Jordan would be averaging 45 points per game in today’s NBA. Read more via this link.

Basketball legend-turned business mogul Magic Johnson, speaking to students during one of his public events said that “I couldn’t score 60 points like Jordan, but he couldn’t run team like me”. To read what else he said, follow this link.

Legandary NBA guard Gary Payton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Great timing, as Payton said that “guarding John Stockton was easier than guarding Jordan”. He also explained the reason for such a statement. Read more here.

JORDAN TURNS 50…

On Feb. 17, 2003, Jordan turned 50. Back in 2009, when Michael got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he said that people could still see him play at age 50. He hasn’t thus far, but some believe he could. In particular, another ex-NBA player Jalen Rose predicted that Jordan would come out of retirement and play one game in 2013-2014 NBA season.

Anyway, Jordan turned 50, and got congratulated by Magic Johnson, and his former Chicago Bulls teammates, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr.

BATTLES BEYOND THE COURT

Women were never shy of claiming their rights for things Jordan allegedly did previously in his life. A woman named Pamela Smith said this year that her son pleaded her to make his (alleged) dad admit paternity and pay support. Jordan and Smith reportedly met in Chicago in the late 80’s. Michael Jordan has asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him. Jordan said the paternity of “his son” has already been ”conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband. Read full story here.

Another woman, Laquetta Theus, tried to sue Jordan, claiming she gave birth to Juyana Rachelle Henderson in August 2010 … and Jordan is the father of the child. Jordan filed his own legal documents claiming Laquetta Theus kid’s paternity has already been established, and suffice it to say it’s not him. More here.

NO CHARITY GAMES

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera was seeking a 1-on-1 challenge, saying that he wanted to play Jordan, with $1 million of money from the game going to charity purposes. Jordan dismissed the idea, calling it “comical”.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

In an interview with 2K Sports for the release of NBA 2K14, Jordan spoke about the NBA, in particular about whom he would play one on one. He said he’d beat Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. But would lose to Kobe Bryant. Read full story here.

In the same interview, Jordan recalled some of his favorite moments in the NBA, such as favorite dunks, favorite kicks, and revealed why he wore #23. Check it out here.

THE TRUE STORY OF THE 1997 NBA FINALS’ “FLU GAME”

Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, where Chicago Bulls was facing Utah Jazz, was tough for Jordan, who played despite being feverish and dehydrated from a stomach virus. Well, 16 years later the true story of that night is revealed, and you can check it out here.

It should also be noted that Jordan’s “flu game” shoes were just recently sold at auction for over $100,000.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS…

One statement of Michael Jordan that was very well received was the one where he said the team of “Charlotte Hornets” will be brought back to the NBA with its original colors. Read full story via this link.

TYING THE KNOT

Jordan was seeing his longtime girlfriend, 33-year-old Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, whom he got engaged with in December of 2011. Two years later, in April of 2013, Jordan married Yvette. Oh yes, there are also pictures of the wedding here, which was attended by Michael’s family, friends (Ron Harper, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen among them), and others. A bit later, news came out that Jordan and Prieto are expecting their first baby. Jordan was previously married to Juanita Vanoy. The couple were married for 17 years before splitting in 2006.



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