Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan’

Michael Jordan’s last Bulls contract up for auction

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everything Michael Jordan touches seems to turn to gold…even something as simple as a piece of paper.

An auction house in Dallas, Texas, got their hands on the last contract Michael Jordan signed with the Chicago Bulls, for the 1997-98 season. The one-year contract is 26 pages long and by signing it, Jordan earned $33 million, the largest single-season salary in NBA history. Was it worth it? Well, the Bulls won the title that season, Jordan’s sixth (and final) championship.

You can bid on the contract here, but it ain’t cheap: According to ESPN, bidding is already over $28,000.

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(via ESPN)

The time Jim Jackson talked trash to Michael Jordan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJim Jackson had a tremendous NBA career, playing for 15 years and scoring almost 13,000 points. But he was not Michael Jordan. Yesterday during a summer league game on NBA TV, Kendall Gill recalled a story about a time when he was teammates with Jackson, and they ran up against Jordan. And we’ll just let Kendall take it from there…


VIDEO: Kendall Gill remembers when Jim Jackson talked trash to Michael Jordan

Throwback Thursday: The Dream Team


VIDEO: Relive some great All-Access moments with the Dream Team

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: The 1992 Dream Team

Back in 1992, the U.S. Men’s Olympic National Team was no longer comprised of the best college players around. In that year, the best NBA players were allowed to represent the U.S. and America changed the way basketball was perceived worldwide with a squad led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and others.

On July 5, 1992, The Dream Team won the final game of the Basketball Tournament of the Americas against Venezuela 127-80. Team USA won all six games by an average of 51.5 points en route to a performance in the ’92 Olympics that wowed crowds and led to a gold medal.

To celebrate, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the players who made up the 1992 Dream Team.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: The 1992 Dream Team

Who do you remember most about The Dream Team? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 1984 NBA Draft


VIDEO: The84Draft: Jordan vs. Bowie

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: 1984 NBA Draft

The much talked about 1984 NBA Draft occurred on June 19, 1984. Five players from this Draft were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and countless other players were key contributors in the NBA. This is, without a doubt, the best Draft class in the history of the league and deserves to be celebrated.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players selected 30 years ago today.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: 1984 NBA Draft

Who’s your favorite player from this draft class? Leave your comments below!

Can Michael Jordan palm it?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the enduring images of Michael Jordan is of him easily palming a basketball, whether it’s to soar in for a dunk or post up with his body between the ball and the defender. While Jordan wasn’t the tallest player in the NBA, he had huge hands, which allowed him to handle the rock like it was nothing.

But just how huge were MJ’s mitts? Jimmy Kimmel decided to find out on last night’s NBA Finals pregame show by asking him to palm a bunch of random objects…


VIDEO: Can MJ palm it?

(via FTW)

What happens when Michael Jordan visits an elementary school?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan hasn’t played in an NBA game in over a decade, but his shadow looms as large over the NBA today as it ever did when he was active. From his kicks to his role as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Air Jordan is as popular as ever. If there was any question, watch this video the Hornets posted of what happened when MJ strolled into an elementary school classroom in Charlotte where the Hornets were having a day of service…

No. 4 – Jordan among the legends

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan stands as the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, who was chosen No. 3 in the 1984 Draft, made 12,192 field goals in his career. That total puts him No. 4 all time in the NBA, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Wilt Chamberlain.


VIDEO: Take a look back at Michael Jordan’s storied career

We’re just four hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

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In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

We’re just five hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

We’re just eight hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 10 – Few could score like MJ could

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan collected the first of his 10 career scoring crowns in 1986-87.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, the third pick in the 1984 Draft, won a record 10 scoring titles during his playing days. His first scoring title came in the 1986-87 season, starting a string of seven straight scoring titles. He then had a run of three straight scoring titles from 1995-96 to 1997-98.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan burns the Trail Blazers for 53 points in 1987

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