Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan’

Kemba Walker welcomes Nikola Mirotic to the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You can play in the NBA, but you’re not really an NBA player until an opponent dunks on you or drops you with a dribble. So I guess it’s safe to say Bulls rookie big man Nikola Mirotic is now officially an NBA player. Mirotic, who entered the NBA this season following a storied career in Europe, has been terrific early this season for the Bulls, as a big man who is physical but also able to shoot from the outside.

What Mirotic probably should not do, we learned last night, is step outside and try to defend point guards on the perimeter. Or maybe just not Kemba Walker. Because last night the Hornets guard got solo’d up against Mirotic following a defensive switch, and Walker put a behind-the-legs crossover dribble on Mirotic that sent him skidding backward, with nary a touch.

It was so good that, A) Following the game, even Mirotic tweeted about it.

B) At the end of the play, Hornets owner (and former Bull) Michael Jordan gave his visual assessment of the play, with his best I better not laugh face.

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And of course, you can watch the clip here…

VIDEO: Kemba Walker crosses up Nikola Mirotic

Michael Jordan brings back the fist-pump

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of Michael Jordan‘s first iconic NBA moments came in the 1989 playoffs, when Jordan hit a jumper over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo to give the Bulls a series win. After sinking the shot, Jordan celebrated with a vigorous fist pump…


Last night, Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets were down three toward the end of regulation, and Kemba Walker knocked in a huge three pointer to tie it and send it to overtime. And in this video from the crowd, MJ can be seen celebrating. Guess which celebration he brought back (well, a less vigorous version)?

Fan, player and owner alike… we all get crazy during game-winning shots in OT! #HornetsComeback

A video posted by Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) on

Michael Jordan takes over Hornets twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan may be basketball’s GOAT, but thus far MJ’s social media game has been a bit behind the times. Which is to say, he hasn’t had a social media presence. Thena gain, why should he? When everybody knows your name, you don’t need to forecast your every move to the world. But today, to celebrate the start of the NBA season and the re-branding of the Bobcats to the Hornets, Jordan took over the Hornets’ twitter account and did everything from photobombing an employee to taking a selfie. Here are some highlights…


Throwback Thursday: All-time points leaders

VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the NBA’s all-time scoring mark

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: All-Time Points Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

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

Gallery: TBT: All-time scoring leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time rebounds leaders
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Michael Jordan shows respect to Derek Jeter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in the final weeks of an historic career, and all season long, teams around Major League Baseball have been honoring Jeter. On Sunday, the Yankees held a ceremony to honor Jeter, and they invited several Yankees greats and former teammates. They also invited Michael Jordan, who has had Jeter as a member of Brand Jordan for years and, apparently, has become close with Jeter. As you can see in the video below, Jordan was clearly moved to be part of the celebration…

VIDEO: Jordan and Jeter

Throwback Thursday: All-time steals leaders

VIDEO: Best Point Guards: John Stockton

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: All-Time Steals Leaders

Throwback Thursday begins a new series today as we shift our focus to All-Time Statistical leaders. We will look back at the best players in NBA history at each of the major statistical categories.

This week we countdown the Top 10 all-time steals leaders.

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

Gallery: TBT: All-Time Steals Leaders

If you had to count on one player to get you a clutch steal, who out of these ten players would you pick? Leave your comments below!

His Airness Tries Out Tennis

By Nick Margiasso IV

Game recognize game.

It is a phrase that never rang truer than Tuesday night, when Michael Jordan headed to the US Open to watch his first-ever professional tennis match in person (according to USA Today) — as guest of tennis legend Roger Federer.

It wasn’t just worlds colliding just for the sake of blowing sports fans’ collective minds. No, it was in part a celebration of the debut of Fed’s new Jordan-inspired tennis kicks. Federer used his new wheels courtesy of Jordan to blow out his opponent in front of the Chicago Bulls legend, who was commended by the fans and even Federer himself after the match. They were probably just trying to get some freebies of these sweet sneakers.


And, although it was a glorified business meeting, MJ was entertained enough that he might be back soon … as long as his Nike buddy is playing. Then again, they might just play piano, too. Such is the life of the greats.

LeBron ready to bring back powder toss in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments from the early part of LeBron James‘ NBA career came each game just before tip-off, when he would walk to the scorer’s table, fill his hands with talcum powder and heave it into the air. It was a move pioneered by Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett, who would clap talcum at the scorer’s table.

Yet LeBron added height to the practice and dedicated himself early on, and it has become something of a signature move for him. He stopped doing it in 2011, and then brought it back in 2013, though he didn’t resume it with regularity.

But over the weekend, LeBron posted a clip from NBA 2K and wrote, “I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness”

I swear I can't wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness

A video posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

Patrick Ewing responds to Michael Jordan’s ice bucket challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we saw Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. AS part of MJ’s acceptance, he issued a challenge to his Dream Team teammates. As we noted on the Jordan post, his Dream team teammate Larry Bird was a step ahead of him. But today, MJ’s Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Hornets, stepped up to the plate and took the ice bucket challenge…

VIDEO: Ewing Challenge

Michael Jordan takes ALS ice bucket challenge, calls out Dream Team, Phil Jackson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success — raising money and awareness about the devastating disease. Plenty of people around the NBA have already taken part, but today the biggest name the in NBA got involved: Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Answering the challenge from David Beckham, Ray Allen and Derek Jeter, Jordan not only takes the bucket of ice water, he also calls out Phil Jackson and his Dream Team teammates to take the ice bucket as well as donate cash…

VIDEO: MJ Ice Bucket

UPDATE: One of MJ’s Dream Team teammates has already taken the plunge…