Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan’

Are we closer to LeBron starring in Space Jam 2?

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hollywood is a wonderful and strange place, a different universe that operates in a way that is often confusing yet ultimately serves to delight and entertain. Which is to say, the following story is still under some scrutiny, but if we are to believe published reports, we might be one step closer to a Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.

Rumors of a sequel to Michael Jordan’s popular original started two years ago, when it was reported that LeBron would consider starring in a Space Jam sequel. Today, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, an accomplished director is on board…

Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James.

The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2. Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.

Rumors of a follow-up to the live action/animated 1996 hit have been brewing for years, and picked up again when James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. in July. The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player, who recently appeared in Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, will star in Space Jam 2. He’s repped by WME.

The first film, a live action/animation hybrid that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a game of ball against aliens threatening their freedom.

Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. His other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion. He’s repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.

Great, huh? Not so fast, my friends. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says there is no deal set as of yet…

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…

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Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…

Michael Jordan congratulates Allen Iverson


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The announcement came down yesterday from the Basketball Hall of Fame revealing the members of the 2016 class. Alongside players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming, longtime Sixers guard Allen Iverson made the cut in his first year of eligibility.

In Houston yesterday for the announcement and the NCAA Championship Game, someone caught footage of Iverson and Michael Jordan, who were great competitors as players, sharing a moment as Hall of Famers.

Michael Jordan congratulates Allen Iverson on being inducted into the Hall of Fame. (via @dayb11)

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Kobe gives shoes to Tony Allen, calls him best defender he’s ever faced

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, Kobe Bryant named his top five opponents, a list that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Clyde Drexler.

But the best defender Kobe ever went up against? Apparently a different name is atop that list. After Kobe’s final game in Memphis last week, Kobe gave his shoes to Grizzlies forward Tony Allen, and he wrote a special message on the kicks: “The best defender I ever faced!”

Jordan Brand introduces the Air Jordan XXX

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Air Jordan, one of the most (if not the most) iconic basketball sneakers of all-time, is turning 30 years old. And today in Chicago, Jordan Brand unveiled the latest iteration of the shoe. The Air Jordan XXX, designed by longtime Nike designers Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, found inspiration in several places.

According to Jordan Brand…

Each of the shoe’s elements results from a key performance insight or design inspiration fundamental to the player and Jordan Brand’s evolutions. The start of the design process, however, tied to a significant, if lesser-known, date: a bitterly cold weekend in February 2015, when – during a pre-birthday party dinner — Michael Jordan asked long-time design collaborator Tinker Hatfield to spearhead the design of the anniversary-marking shoe. “The next morning I drew a shoe,” Hatfield recalls, “because I knew I was in deep trouble. We had no time. Then I realized it wasn’t good enough to sketch a shoe. I asked for that particular photo of Michael in the slam dunk contest and then I drew.”

The photo in question, which featured MJ in the open lane, rising to the hoop, ball cocked behind his right ear and legs tucked under his body, activated Hatfield’s memories of 1988. It spurred the designer to add his own illustrations to the familiar image. The resulting artwork, which recapped Jordan’s history in unconventional ways, in turn inspired the shoe.

An “XXX”, signifying 30, transformed into a basketball net. Stars symbolized the athlete’s otherworldly talents and planets orbiting the Jordan universe took on surfaces — elephant print or carbon fiber — related to innovations initiated by past Jordan models. Elaborating his drawing, with help of fellow designer Mark Smith, Hatfield broadened the Jordan narrative and formed the story of the Air Jordan XXX, one that references a storied yet timeless lineage with an eye towards the future.

The Air Jordan XXX will be globally available at select retail stores and Jordan.com on February 12, 2016. For more images, check below… (more…)

Michael Jordan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant farewell tour rolled into Charlotte last night, the city that originally drafted Kobe before trading him to the Lakers. Today the Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, the man who influenced Kobe both on and off the court. And while Jordan was unable to be in attendance at the game last night, he recorded the following video tribute to Kobe that was played on the scoreboard before the game.

As Kobe said after the game, he fully enjoyed the video

“It was awesome. It was awesome,” Bryant said. “He and I — as he said in the video — we talk pretty often. But it was pretty funny to see some of the reactions of my teammates. I was sitting next to Julius Randle before the game. He was like, ‘Yo, that’s amazing!’ I was like, ‘What?’ [He said] ‘That was Michael Jordan!'”

Bryant added, “We talk fairly often. I know he’s enjoying a little vacation time. I told him I was a little jealous. He said, ‘You’ll be here soon enough.'”

Also, Nick Young had an appropriately swaggy take on the tribute…

Frank Kaminsky thinks Michael Jordan could beat him 1-on-1


VIDEO: Kaminsky vs MJ

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERFrank Kaminsky may only be an NBA rookie, but he clearly understands how to keep his bosses happy. In a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Kaminsky was asked how he would fare in a game of 1-on-1 against Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who is probably the greatest basketball player of all-time, but who is also 52 years old. And while Kaminsky would have a size and age advantage over Jordan, the competitive edge would probably, even now, still belong to Jordan. So who would win in a game of one-on-one?

Patrick: “You think you could take him one-on-one?”

Kaminsky: “No. I wouldn’t want to try.”

Patrick: “Oh! Of course you would!”

Kaminsky: “I don’t think I would.”

Patrick: “Like, you don’t want to beat one of your heroes, is that what you’re saying?”

Kaminsky: “No, I’m saying the opposite: I don’t want to lose.”

Patrick: “Oh, you could take Jordan! You better be able to beat Jordan.”

Kaminsky: “See, that’s what you would think.”

Patrick: “Now, he thinks he could beat you.”

Kaminsky: “Yeah, I think he could beat me, too, so…”

(via NBC Sports)

That time Jim Harbaugh thought Michael Jordan was a prank caller

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are only a few days away from the start of the college football season, which seems like a fine time to check in on the gridiron. And even some of the biggest names in college football, such as new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (shoutout to Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, an avowed Wolverine, for better or worse), can get a little star-struck when NBA greatness is on the phone.

Here’s Harbaugh at a recent press conference discussing the new deal between Jordan/Nike and Michigan, telling the story of getting a phone call from Michael Jordan himself and not quite believing who was on the line. Sounds like Harbaugh’s family was impressed, though…

(via SBNation)

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

Description:
1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.

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(via CBS Sports)

Fan gets Michael Jordan versus Kobe Bryant tattoos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen fans pay tributes to their favorite athletes in several ways, from the temporary (with a haircut) to the more permanent (in ink). But I don’t think we’ve ever seen a fan get tattoos of two of his favorite athletes, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, in what I guess is a permanent staredown.