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EVERYBODY’S A DREAMER and everybody’s a star.

And 35 years ago this weekend at Chicago Stadium, the dreams and the stars all teasingly aligned when Michael Jordan made his regular-season debut as a Bull.

The Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 109-93.

Statistically, Orlando Woolridge led the cascade with 28 points.

Quintin Dailey added 25 as sixth man.

Coach Kevin Loughery looked bright.

Jordan’s numbers were that of an apprentice in acceleration: 5-of-16 shooting, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocked shots.

But the tone he set was so different for an organization that had been swallowing its talented.




The most honest presumption at the time was that Jordan was a great young player but that he, too, like many of his teammates, would eventually be washed to sea by the group’s global-class party culture.

Forget about merely the drugs, the weed, the cocktails and the women;

One rotation player was still shaking a three-packs-a-day cigarettes murph.

But Jordan proved to be of a notably different kind of will, along with a few other Bulls.
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As far as national attention, the debut was as hyped as a midnight takeoff at a private airport.

Unless you were among the 13,913 at the Stadium, or in the D.C. area watching a regional telecast with Jim Brinston and Wes Unseld on WDCA-TV, you didn’t see the game.

Jim Durham worked it solo on Chicago’s WIND-AM (560).

By other corporate priorities, the two TV crews of the Bulls — Milo Hamilton and John Mengelt on WGN-Channel 9 and Bill Hazen with Johnny Kerr on SportsChannel — sat it out.

ESPN was still too small potatoes.

Turner was a superstation, but its primary sports offerings were the Braves and the NBA Hawks.

The next morning, The Daily Herald carried a lede to a game story that since has been incorporated by other writers — including Kerr — in multiple books; the great Frank Deford called it one of the most prescient deadline “tops” that he had ever read:

“They should have hung a halo atop Chicago Stadium Friday night because this was no basketball game. It was a revival meeting. Step aside Elmer Gantry. Shut down Billy Sunday.

“The Bulls have been saved.”

And they were.

STREET-BEATIN’: Here’s a novel idea for the fanboy fringe dominating Bears media: Limit dissections of the previous game played to three days — through midday Wednesday — and then begin breaking down the current trending of the next opponent. The propensity to hammer the last game over and over is insipid, braying herd and devolves into irrelevancy. … Matt Nagy and his miscues are down to 3½-point favorites over the visiting Chargers (from an opening 5½). According to classic Larry Merchant theorem (“The National Football Lottery,” q.v.), that means they should cover, even if Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith have to rise from the catacombs to help get it done (Fox, Sunday, noon, Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman), … Informed analysis continues to undertow that Theo Epstein was using more pliable national and local baseball media to sabotage Joe Maddon since midway through the 2018 season. (Theo’s full agenda may one day seep out; in the meantime, the search for answers around the Cubs is kind of like having both Allen Dulles and John McCloy on the Warren Commission.). … Despite all of the good things being written about David Ross, why does he continue to remind of Robert De Niro’s doomed catcher in “Bang The Drum Slowly?”… Speaking of “doomed” and “catcher,” the first victim whacked by Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” is Carl Lundstedt (Libertyville High, Class of ’10), the nephew of former Cubs catcher Tom Lundstedt. The young actor (“Cloak and Dagger,” “Manifest”) is the son of Karin and Paul Lundstedt and the fiancee of Tony-nominated Broadway starlet Denée Benton. … Naperville’s very own Candace Parker was excellent filling in for Shaquille O’Neal alongside Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” O’Neal was mourning the passing of sister Ayesha Harrison-Jex, age 40. … Great week to be a sports fan in Houston: The arrogant Astros open the World Series by imploding, assistant GM Brandon Taubman gets poleaxed for an unconscionable rant related to domestic violence and the “upgraded” Rockets blow a 16-point lead and lose their home opener to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. (Next it could be Daryl Morey facing off against Chinese gunboats off the shores of Galveston.). … Bob Ibach, the former PR chief of the Cubs, had a great “in” for choice seats at Games 3 and 4 of the WS at Nationals Park: Son Kevin Ibach of Geneva is director of pro scouting for the Tampa Bay Rays. (Bob the father cut his fingernails in the sports journalism biz reporting on Ted Williams’s Senators for The Washington Post.). … And if “Baby Shark” has been getting it done for Gerardo Parra and the Nationals, why not a more soothing, twinkly anthem for Mitch Trubisky and mates, maybe a classic rah-roar souffléd into “Calm Down, Chicago Bears?”

• Jim O’Donnell’s Sports & Media column appears Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at [email protected]

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Coby White is off to a good start with the Bulls, but he’s not ready to ask Derrick Rose-style, “Why can’t I be rookie of the year?”

“Nah, man, I just go out there and hoop,” he said before Saturday’s home opener. “Like I always say, as long as I go out there and play hard, everything will take care of itself.

“At the end of the year, if I’m in that discussion, then I’m in that discussion. If I’m not I’m not. I just know that at the end of the day, as a team I just want to accomplish our goal and that’s to make the playoffs.”

White made his official United Center debut on the 35th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s first game as a Bull, which was a 109-93 victory over the Washington Bullets at the Stadium on Oct. 26, 1984. Orlando Woolridge was the Bulls’ leading scorer that night with 28.
Coby tries coaching:

Bulls coach Jim Boylen credited Coby White for some coaching help late in Friday’s win at Memphis.

“He came up to me during a free throw and said, ‘Hey, let me set the screen on this one because I think they’re sticking to me,'” Boylen said. “I don’t know guys, that doesn’t happen with a 20-year-old or 19-year-old kid at our level like that, where you’re thinking not about yourself, but how you can help the team in that moment. That’s big time.”

White said his suggestion was a simple one: Put he and Zach LaVine in a screen-and-roll, since both had a hot hand.

“They would have had to make a split (second) decision,” White said. “When we did it, they kind of got confused and Zach hits a wide-open 3 off of it. … Coach puts his trust in his players.”
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Hutch closer to return:

Considering Otto Porter Jr. has been on a minutes limit and left Saturday’s game in the second quarter with an injury, coach Jim Boylen is anxious to get Chandler Hutchison back from a hamstring issue.

“Yeah, he’s really close,” Boylen said before Saturday’s game. “Hutch is a big wing, Hutch is what the league is. You know, 6-7, 6-8 guy that can guard multiple positions, he can handle the ball, he can get out and run. Our multiple-ballhandling system was put in with him in mind. We will not rush him back, he is closer than ever.”
WC Bulls draft three:

The Windy City Bulls chose three players in Saturday’s G-League draft. They started with 7-foot center Lamous Brown from Shaw University. He’s a Chicago native who went to Morgan Park High School.

They chose 6-5 guard Jordan Adams, who was a college teammate of Zach LaVine at UCLA. The third pick was 6-5 guard Trey Phills from Yale. He’s the son of the late Bobby Phills, who died in a car accident on a day he was supposed to play for the old Charlotte Hornets against the Bulls.

Windy City opens the season Nov. 8 at Wisconsin, followed by the home opener the following night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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After Nate Thurmond’s inaugural introduction to the crowd at Chicago Stadium, fans gave the former San Francisco/Golden State Warrior a rousing round of applause as he made his way to center court.

After 12 seasons in the Bay Area, Thurmond joined the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 1974. In the team’s first game of the season Oct. 18 against the Atlanta Hawks, the 33-year-old completed the NBA’s first quadruple-double in the Bulls’ 120-115 overtime win.

The future Hall of Famer played all but three minutes in the game and was 8-of-12 from the field. He finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks.

“I was born in the Midwest, but I haven’t lived here for 11 years,” he said. “I was amazed at the people who came up to me on the street, shook my hand and wished me well. You really feel like playing ball for fans like that.

“The offensive part of my game is the slowest to come. I don’t usually put it together for about 20 games, but the shot was there tonight, so I used it. Blocking shots was easier than usual because they drove right into me and didn’t use picks effectively.”

The Hawks pressed the life out of the Bulls’ game plan and forced the home team into 26 turnovers. Atlanta led for almost the entire game.

But Chicago eventually figured out the press and came back from a 12-point deficit thanks to turnovers and late-game mistakes by the young Atlanta team. The Bulls actually had a chance to win the game in regulation with eight seconds remaining, but Chet Walker’s shot rimmed out and the game remained tied at 108.

That sent the contest to overtime, where the Hawks scored the first two points, but within a few minutes the teams found themselves knotted at 112. Bulls rookie Bob Wilson gave Chicago its first lead, 114-112, with 3:18 left in the overtime, and the Bulls never looked back.

Thurmond bodied the boards to protect the lead and ensure that Chicago came away with the victory. Wilson finished with 20 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds, while Walker amassed 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.

“I never saw Nate play better, and I think I know why,” said former Warriors teammate Clyde Lee. “The fans got behind him right from the start, and it gave him a lift. They never appreciated what a great center he was for all those years in San Francisco. When he got that ovation before the game started, you could see it pick him up — and he sure picked up the Bulls.”

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn’t drop his second album.

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It was the day Chicago died; Chicago basketball, anyway.

It was 10 years ago today, February 26, when Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier died the same day, Kerr after a mostly suffering-on-the-inside extended battle with cancer and Van Lier, paradoxically the man with the biggest heart, suddenly from heart failure. They were never basketball champions here, perhaps other than Kerr in his prep days at Tilden Technical High School. They really weren’t the most identified with Chicago basketball like Michael Jordan for the Bulls championships along with Phil Jackson, and even Jerry Sloan for his blue collar ethic.

Though perhaps what distinguished Kerr and Van Lier more than any was the way they never left, unlike so many others who flourished and succeeded here and then moved on. Look, Chicago is not the greatest city. It’s a city we love, but it’s a tough city, which perhaps is why we treasure it so much more. Heck, even on the best day of its reputation it’s only moved up to Second City.

Chicago is cold and unforgiving, a shoulders back and head down trudge into an unrelenting storm that’s only sometimes weather related. They called Van Lier, Stormin’, and he was like that, similarly unwelcoming and inexorable when it came to opponents. He was bundled up against the cold rejection of outsiders and the disappointments we all faced and yet kept moving straight ahead. Norm wasn’t that highly regarded, but no one wanted to upset him. Sort of the way we feel here. Overlook us; but beware about ignoring us.

Johnny was our lighter side, easy going and welcoming, but endlessly reliable and as broad shouldered as he was soft of heart. Johnny as the original ironman of basketball, establishing the first serious games played streak of 844 consecutive regular season that extended basically his entire career. That in an era when, forget first class, sometimes they couldn’t even afford the airplane and rode trains. Sure it was hard, but you punched the time clock because that was your responsibility to yourself, your family and your community. That, too, was John and Norm.

Life, as we often learn painfully, keeps rolling by like the farmscapes outside those railroad windows John and his teammates often watched. It can be relentless and cruel. It often was for both Johnny and Norm, tragic family fatalities, Johnny having to shed the tears of a clown, crying only when no one was around, Norm’s a life long struggle against the forces of hate, denial and class without ever losing the song in his soul. That they died on the same day mirrors in some sense American’s loss of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams dying on the same day, exactly 50 years to the day after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

It was a symbolic loss for the young United States. The death of Johnny and Norm the same day in 2009 was, similarly, a marker for the first generation of Chicago basketball.

It didn’t start with Jordan. It started with Kerr and matured with Van Lier because they embodied the city as well as the game with their commitment and loyalty. Johnny played here in high school, Downstate in college and around the NBA for a dozen years until returning to midwife Chicago’s NBA history that was given up as stillborn. His 1966 expansion Bulls remain the only such team ever to make the playoffs with John coach of the year. The runner-up was the coach who led his team to the then record most wins in a season, Alex Hannum with the 76ers who were 68-13. Big Red, as he was affectionally known, would go on to work as a Bulls executive and then a beloved team broadcaster and virtual face of the franchise for three decades. Norm would similarly work as a broadcaster after a frenzied decade as an All-Star point guard and the Sugar Ray Robinson of the NBA, the toughest pound for pound. Maybe, like Chicago, others were more accomplished and famous. But few as respected.

Chicago really is about staying with it, absorbing the defeat and not so much accepting it, but fighting back against it and despite all of those saying to quit, to leave, you know the weather and all that other stuff, to stand right there and take another whack at it. That’s what Johnny and Norm were about.

Perhaps one day they’ll be immortalized among those banners that speak about winners. Maybe when the All-Stars alight in Chicago next year, though they’ll always be the highest in our regard.

Norm Van Lier and Johnny Kerr didn’t hold up championship trophies here; they lifted up a city and its game.
Norm Van Lier – NBA all-defense 8x, top 10 in assists 8x, top 10 in steals 3x

You knew Norm was a football player growing up. He came from that fierce steel and coal mining area of western Pennsylvania, the home of the likes of Mike Ditka, George Blanda, Johnny Lujack, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas. It was colloquially known as the Cradle of Quarterbacks. Norm played safety and quarterback; he also played baseball and basketball and was good enough to be scouted by the pros in all three sports. Football was first there, and he had scholarships offers. He insisted he play his best position, quarterback; no, defense, he was told. Black kids were not considered bright enough for quarterback in those days. The heck with you then. Norm, whose business card could have read “Take this Job and Shove it,” went to play basketball at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

Norm was barely six feet tall and maybe 165 pounds, all full court dive and chest to chest defense. A quirky Bulls scout who liked to hang out at those small college gyms named Jerry Krause found Van Lier and the Bulls drafted him in the third round in 1969. The Bulls shipped him off to Cincinnati for a big man, Walt Wesley, and Norm went on to lead the league in assists in 1971. But the Royals got future Hall of Famer Nate Archibald and had some other guards like John Mengelt and Matt Guokas. So the Bulls quickly recognized their mistake and reacquired Van Lier early in the 1971-72 season. Van Lier went on to team with Jerry Sloan as if not the most celebrated — and each did make multiple All-Star teams — the most feared backcourt in the NBA.

The Bulls talked about doberman defense in the title years. Sports Illustrated was calling Norm a doberman in the 70s. The bites of Sloan and Van Lier were often more literal.

They actually asked Sloan first before the Bulls required Van Lier since the two had already had a few fights, and some more even after Van Lier again became a teammate. Sloan said anyone who played that hard was his kind of teammate.

Sloan often delighted in the story of the time some fans threw aerosol cans at he and Norm at a road game. Sloan said he and Norm went into the stands and explained that wasn’t something they particularly appreciated. That never occurred again. Norm in one notorious incident became famous for chasing Sidney Wicks, then with Portland and throwing some mean elbows, around the arena with a chair. Bulls coach Dick Motta had said afterward he knew once Norm grabbed the chair it wasn’t going to be for sitting. Norm didn’t make contact, but no one would mess with him after that. The league’s celebrated guards, Walt Frazier and Jerry West, long complained how much they resented playing against the Chicago ruffians. Didn’t you know who they were? Norm, instead, taunted West and Gail Goodrich as the Hollywood stars who didn’t care to face the Midwestern chill.

Though Norm was more than a human floor burn. His game could rock and roll and he was a fixture in the Chicago music scene, at times a guest disc jockey and a Rolling Stones favorite who knew the blues as well as any. It was the other side of his life, an anti-war, black activist in an era when that was not only unpopular, but demeaned as just being an “angry back man.” Norm played defense, but refused to just be on defense in life. His game was defense, but he took offense to the slights, shuns and snubs. And he said so. Not to diminish the social activism of players in this era, for everyone should claim their equal rights at any time. But Norm did so at risk of his livelihood, and he insisted it remained the obstacle to a coaching career he long was denied.

He made three All-Stars teams for the Bulls in that wonderful and unfulfilled early 1970s run of averaging 50 wins over five years, and a hiccup of near immortality in 1977 when they had the eventual champion Trailblazers on the ropes and almost out in the first round playoff series. Bill Walton always said they knew they’d win the title once they got past those Bulls.

Norm wasn’t the big scorer. That was left for Chet Walker and Bob Love in Motta’s unconventional forward dominated offense. But it was Norm with 28 points and what was believed to be a record 10 steals before it was an official statistic when the Bulls were seconds away from taking out Wilt’s Lakers in the 1973 playoffs. Wilt later said Norm’s play was as tough as he’d ever seen in that fiery environment.

Norm was NBA all-defense eight times, top 10 in assists eight times, top 10 in steals three times, and only because the six or seven times he also would have been it wasn’t a statistic. He was wearing Bulls on his sleeve long before anyone thought to wear it across their chest. He could have been considered for the Hall of Fame if he played closer to Springfield.

Norm played Rush Street as fiercely. With charges taken and loose balls retrieved, Norm was on the floor more than the Bulls logo. The Bulls had to add furniture repair to a trainer for all the scorers’ tables Norm damaged flying into the stands. Painkillers were handed out like Skittles then to keep the players in the game, Norm averaging about 78 games per season and missing games only after a preseason salary holdout.

Norm didn’t miss games or a chance to fight for what was equitable.

It probably kept him out of coaching when teammates like Weiss, Guokas and Sloan all became NBA head coaches with sometimes limited results. Norm didn’t hesitate; they were white, he noted. But Norm’s anger and bitterness mixed with a welcoming and cheerful personality. He was the first guy to knock you down and the first to invite you to the party.

He left Chicago for a few years in the 80s after a few stints in minor league and prep coaching, kicking around the West with some constriction and sales work before landing back in Chicago as a radio and TV and pre and post game host on Bulls games. Long before the TV show Cheers, Chicago knew well the greeting of “Norm!” He was welcome in everyone’s home, where everyone knew his name.

Norm’s demands for “48 minutes of intensity” became legendary, like when Miami’s James Posey took cheap shot at Kirk Hinrich in a playoff game and it was Norm the broadcaster who went after him to fight.

You don’t get away with going after one of ours.
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Johnny Kerr is mostly known as the gregarious toastmaster of Chicago basketball, the man famously calling Michael Jordan’s 1989 game winner in Cleveland, fending off Jordan’s pregame resin spray and if you’ve ever been to charity summer golf tournaments or on the El to Comiskey’s Guaranteed Rate Park, you knew the big guy with the formerly red hair, the NBA’s first iron man with the cotton candy heart.

Johnny also is arguably the most overlooked for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the great winners of the game. Johnny was a Chicago kid, 67th and Racine, 16-inch softball at Ogden Park, a round of beers and the hopes of getting a job in a foundry. John’s humor was self deprecating. He said they asked him about getting to know Chaucer when he got to the U. of Illinois. He said he hadn’t yet, but assumed he’d meet him at a frat party.

John played neighborhood soccer until well into high school when they noticed he was kind of tall. He took to basketball quickly enough to lead Tilden to the public league title, then Illinois to the Final Four and in his rookie season in the NBA the Syracuse Nationals to the NBA title. He made the All-Star team three times even playing in the same conference with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. He was an All-Star playing almost a third of his games each season against probably the game’s best centers.

Johnny at 6-9 was a unique big man ball handler for that era, his behind the back, between the legs passes a center version of Bob Cousy in his team’s motion game with him at the high post. He never missed a game until his final season when traded to Baltimore, getting a DNP from the coach despite not being injured. The coach said the streak was a distraction.

Johnny became one of the few players in the first 50 years of the NBA to average a double/double and have more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds to not be in the Hall of Fame. What a party that would be, he’d say about getting the recognition.

Like Norm, like the Second City, Johnny, too, often was overlooked, though not without a quip and a smile and a welcome for everyone. There never was a bad day around Johnny Kerr.

They asked him how he would have guarded Kareem. Breathe on his goggles, Johnny explained, Abdul-Jabbar then wearing goggles after being poked in the eyes so often in an era of somewhat unrestrained physical play. Johnny said he’d call his biography, 12 years in the post without the ball. He said he was so slow they called three seconds on him when he was driving for a layup. He said he was proud when he set the record for most consecutive games. And then he said a friend called to tell him he was just 1,286 games behind Gehrig. The poorest teams in each conference used to have a coin flip for the top draft pick. Johnny was coaching the Phoenix Suns at the time with his then former administrative assistant with the Bulls, Jerry Colangelo. The No. 1 pick was to be Abdul-Jabbar. No. 2 would be Neal Walk. The Suns lost the flip and Colangelo slumped, head in hands. Maybe they’ll pick Walk, Johnny suggested brightly.

But life, as we know, isn’t one sunny day, and Johnny experienced the clouds and storms perhaps as intense as any.

When John was three, his father, a meatpacker in the stockyards from Scotland, died. John’s son, Jay, died at three years old of meningitis. He and his wife, Betsy, were next of kin for Betsy’s sister’s children. Betsy’s sister and her husband died and John and Betsy took in the three children with their five. It was the true eight is not enough.

John was the first Bulls coach in 1966, taking a team from the city known as the graveyard of pro basketball and helping make it a community shrine. John moved onto Phoenix and then the ABA in Virginia, where as general manager he picked up a couple of talented kids the NBA had ignored, Julius Erving and George Gervin. John came back to the Bulls as business manager after Pat Williams was forced out by Motta, who also wanted to be general manager. And then John got on TV and never stopped talking and smiling and rooting for the Bulls.

No one ever suggested John Kerr was two faced, but life is never just a party.

John never spoke about it much, but when the All-Star game was in Chicago in 1988, Johnny was doing the radio broadcast and we talked about those difficult times after the death of his son.

“It really hit us hard,” he related then. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Should I quit basketball? You always pick up the paper and read ‘Boy, 3, falls out of window’ and you say, ‘That’s terrible,’ and you wet your thumb and turn the page and say that’ll never happen to you. And then one day you’re one of those people, and I wish I could say you grow up in a hurry, but you don’t. It’s something I can talk about now. But I couldn’t for a long time. Alex Hannum was our coach at the time, and we had some strong conversations. He said: ‘What are you going to do with your life? Are you going to be a man and a father or quit, be a coward?’ I told him he couldn’t talk to me in my house like that. To step outside.

“But the key was to go on for the other kids,” Johnny said then. “I think somewhere along the line it helped Betsy and me solidify the bond we had. It made our love for each other stronger. Sure, I’ve gone through a lot of things in my life, and I guess there’s a little of the Pagliacci there. People sometimes expect for you to have a smile on your face. ‘Hey, Red, tell us a story.’ Don’t get me wrong. I’m a gregarious person, and I love people. But sometimes you have problems. I’ll tell someone I really hurt my arm today. And he’ll tell me a story about some friend who broke his collarbone. And I’ll tell someone about getting my car door hit in the parking lot, and he’ll tell me about a friend of his who was in a head-on collision. Sometimes you just want to say: ‘Pay attention to me. Listen to my problems.’ “

We miss Johnny and Norm because of who they were. But also because of who we are in Chicago, committed to the game and to the team. It’s not easy and often not satisfying. The glamour isn’t as common as the task. They’re guys who showed up less for the parade than the project. They were about loyalty, passion, stamina, resilience, from a city more known for its response to a great conflagration than great excess. We all cried. It was the day Chicago basketball died. But it also was a day to remember two men who never would let up because they never could. They were the best of Chicago.

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Retired basketball player Jalen Rose recently had something to say about his former team on his talk show Get Up! on ESPN. Rose seems to think the best way for the Bulls to succeed going forward would be to find a new coach.

“I’m going to say something about the underachieving Chicago Bulls. They need a new coach,” Rose said. “They really do because they have so much young talent on that squad, and I don’t think they are developing properly.”

Despite what critics like Rose have been saying, both management and ownership believe in Boylen. Bulls VP of operations John Paxson has spoken publicly about Boylen’s skills at teaching the fundamentals and holding his players accountable. K.C. Johnson answered fan questions about Boylen and the Bulls coaching in his weekly mailbag, which you can read here.

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Both on and off the basketball court, no one was bigger than Michael Jordan. MJ dominated the game and everything around it; whether it was new sneakers, baggier shorts, or anything else adjacent to the NBA, he influenced it. Jordan even made it to the big screen, teaming up with Bugs Bunny in the beloved movie Space Jam.
Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan played basketball with Bugs Bunny in the movie Space Jam.
Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny in Space Jam | Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison

While the movie obviously enhanced Jordan’s business portfolio, it also helped his on-court production. In fact, the film helped His Airness win three additional NBA championships.
Michael Jordan’s early career

Despite his eventual ascension to the sport’s highest heights, Michael Jordan’s basketball career didn’t get off to the smoothest start. He famously failed to make his school’s varsity basketball team on the first attempt; after a dominant year with the JV squad and a fortuitous growth spurt, he aced the next tryout.

After high school, Jordan moved on to the University of North Carolina. He hit the game-winning shot to win the National Championship as a freshman and only continued to improve. When he made the jump to the NBA, MJ seemed to get even better.

While Jordan immediately took to the professional game, his Chicago Bulls teams initially had some trouble getting past the physical Detroit Pistons. Once they broke through that roadblock, however, no one could stand in their way. On the back of His Airness’ unbelievable offense, the Bulls won three straight NBA titles; Jordan led the league in scoring and took him the Finals MVP Award each time. But then he retired.
Starring in ‘Space Jam’

In October 1993, Michael Jordan retired from professional basketball. While he tried his hand at baseball, he tried his hand as a movie star.

While Space Jam didn’t hit theaters until 1996, the movie was set during Jordan’s retirement. On the screen, the iconic star was recruited by Bugs Bunny and company to help them win a basketball game against aliens who have stolen the talent from several NBA stars.

MJ might not have been an experienced actor, but he performed well on the set. “He did what Michael does,” director Joe Pytka explained. “He did as well as he could do. He played himself, and remember, a lot of the film is based on his life, so there were realistic references there. He was very professional — he showed up, he knew his lines, we made it as easy as possible.”

Pytka didn’t just help Jordan’s acting performance, however. The director claimed that he gave Michael one piece of advice that helped him win three additional NBA titles.
Michael Jordan teams up with Dennis Rodman

On the set of Space Jam, Jordan and Pytka would frequently talk basketball. During one of their conversations, the director made a personnel suggestion that changed the course of NBA history.

“I said, ‘Why haven’t you guys gone after Dennis Rodman?’ Because Michael was going back to the Bulls later that year,” Pytka remembered. “He said something about [how] he didn’t know whether he could play with Dennis. I said, ‘Look, the guy doesn’t shoot, he plays defense, he rebounds, and he doesn’t get in your way. You should go after him.”

“That night, Dennis Rodman was at this Beverly Hills Hotel with Michael,” Pytka continued, “and they made the deal that Monday.” Rodman was now a Chicago Bull.

The forward slotted into the void left by Horace Grant and was an immediate fit with the squad. Despite some of his infamous antics, Rodman continued to dominate the glass, allowing Jordan and Scottie Pippen to work their magic. During his three years in the Windy City, the Bulls won three straight NBA championships.

Everyone knows how Space Jam helped cement Michael Jordan’s place in popular culture, but the movie also helped shape his NBA career. Without Dennis Rodman, who knows if His Airness would have second three-peat.

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CHICAGO – He was a star at Thornwood and had his time in the NBA, including the start of his career with the Bulls.

After playing overseas in China in the 2012-2013 season, Eddy Curry returned to ASEAN Basketball league last season after a six-year absence from the game. Now he’s taking the latest step in his career with the Big3 this summer.

This weekend, Curry returns to his hometown as the league makes a stop at Allstate Arena on Saturday, August 3rd. Before the event, he stopped by Sports Feed for a conversation with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman to discuss the Big3, his basketball career, including his time with the Bulls.

You can watch Eddy’s discussion in the video above or below.

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Tom Golden:

Coby White looks to be as good as we could have expected at that slot. Now comes the hard part. I know its not supposed to happen but I’d keep Robin, I want guys like him on the team. Other than that I don’t know enough to even suggest a move at this point, considering all that goes into making a trade and/or FA signing work. But if we let Robin go, we’re going to need an upgrade on the bench at the front line position.

Sam Smith:

The Bulls haven’t revealed their plans, but I would not expect Lopez to return. Moving on, and all that. With Wendell Carter and especially drafting a center—yes, I know a kid and not ready, and, ah yes, still having Felicio on the payroll—I think the Bulls have other free agent priorities. The question about a veteran point guard will remain even though executive John Paxson Thursday talked about Kris Dunn being with the team into next season. Which is not unreasonable despite concerns about the position given that White is hardly ready to be an NBA starter. But perhaps the way the league is now not all that far away. Though Robin is a great teammate and solid presence, he’s not much outspoken and has made it clear he doesn’t like coming off the bench. Carter is the starter. I assume Robin takes a run at seeing where he can play a starting role, and the Bulls can hardly promise him that.
Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of Round One during the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 15, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California

Billy Habibi:

Now that the Bulls have made their selection and gone with Coby White – hopefully their PG of the future. Do they still look for a point guard in free agency? I can’t see them offering a giant deal to Brogdon or Russell, but what about a 1 or 2 year deal for Pat Beverly? He’d bring some veteran leadership and stability to the team and would let White ease into the role off the bench.

Sam Smith:

That was the big question after the draft—I know, I know, other than the hair, though it didn’t seem to impact Joakim Noah’s career—though my sense is the bigger name free agents are out. My sense is the Bulls use their approximately $22 million in salary cap room (depending on the appeal with Omer Asik) to spread among two or three veterans to enhance the bench and veteran presence. Though there’s always the possibility of a trade regarding Kris Dunn since after the musical chairs are filled, several teams still will need a point guard. And it’s often a good risk to try for a former lottery point guard on his second or third team. Or fifth like with Chauncey Billups. The Bulls were able to get White because teams needing a point guard and selecting ahead of the Bulls, like the Suns and Timberwolves, passed on White. That’s either good for the Bulls because they got their guy by surprise, or bad for the Bulls because those teams know something. It’s probably that those teams want to go the veteran point guard route, which suggests the bidding might be extensive for the point guards with perhaps even Beverley looking at maybe $20 million annually in a tight market. With the need for veterans to fill out the roster and probably replace Robin Lopez since they also cannot be certain about Denzel Valentine and Chandler Hutchison after injuries, it makes sense to give Dunn another chance and thus time for White to begin to develop. The way John Paxson talked Thursday night it sure sounded like Dunn is coming to camp even if it was clear he wasn’t being given any job and would have to earn his starting job. It might be just what he needs again because he played his best with the Bulls the season when Jerian Grant beat him out in training camp.
Bol Bol high fives fans after being selected forty-fourth overall by the Miami Heat during the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Joe Guest:

I don’t love the Coby pick and hate passing on Bol Bol in 2nd round. I like bringing Dunn back and let’s compete at PG. Loved Darius Garland but glad they didn’t overpay. Hope I’m wrong on Coby. I think Bulls fans are underestimating Otto Porter Jr. He will have career year and be a big reason they make playoffs this year.

Sam Smith:

Actually, I’ve generally gotten more positive reaction about this draft than most of the last several. The fans poll we did on bulls.com this week had White as the leader, and one of my top behind the scenes draft gurus, the White Sox’ Brooks Boyer, wrote me before the draft, “1. Coby White. Bigger DeAaron Fox. Potential to be a star.” Who can argue with a Sox marketing guy (he actually played basketball for Notre Dame. I know, but still). I also got a lot of mail about passing on Bol Bol. Which I think might be medical given how far he fell. I like the profile of the Arkansas guy, though I have never seen him or heard him talk in the third person like Bobby Portis. There seems a lot to like about White with the potential for his game—athletes, yes!—his spirit and even what seems like a great attitude about the team. He seemed happier about his teammate being picked in the lottery than even himself. Are we talking the Bulls Across Your Chest logo man?
Coby White meets with the media after being selected 7th by the Chicago Bulls

Abe Rotbart:

Well they got him! And frankly, he may have been worth tanking for. I really think he’s a perfect fit. GarPax should feel lucky.

Sam Smith:

The Coby White pick also seems to be cutting into the hobby of Chicago fans to demand massive organization firings. It’s early, I know.
Ryan Arcidiacono #51 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on March 23, 2019 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Charles Klapp:

With the addition of Coby White, do you think my favorite point guard, Ryan Arcidiacono, will still be a Bull this season?

Sam Smith:

I do. I’d want to retain Ryan because he’s the ideal teammate for that position at the end of the roster, a guy who will practice hard and always—try running the load management crap by him—and be ready, and if he doesn’t play for 10 games come out in that 11th game as if he’s been there every minute of every game. He knows the system, whatever that may be for now, the players, the organization, the city. Among all the G-league guys and undrafted and second round picks, he’s the one I would bring back. And probably just Blakeney since he’s on the books at a small price for next season.
The draftees of the 2019 NBA Draft

Tony Masden:

I see a lot of freshmen is this draft. Seems more and more are entering too soon before they’re fully developed and end up being a bust. Two years of college at least maybe three.

Sam Smith:

Though it sounds like the players’ association for reasons I can never fully fathom appear to have persuaded the NBA for the next collective bargaining agreement (either side can opt out after 22-23) to return to the direct from high school to the NBA model, a precursor, obviously, to drafting LeBron’s grandkids shortly thereafter.
Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls smiles during a game against the Phoenix Suns on March 18, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona

James Costas:

What’s with the trade scenarios having the Bulls trade LaVine and the #7 pick for whomever? I suspect it’s all just talk/speculation from the outside and not coming from the Bulls, so I take it with a grain of salt. But isn’t LaVine considered one of their pieces of the future, likely with All-Star status, even more upside to his game, a hard-working guy always seeking to improve? And, even if it was for a higher draft pick, what are the odds the player chosen would be an improvement over LaVine, either currently or in the future? It would not be a good move, in my opinion!

Sam Smith:

Obviously, that did not occur, and just to be clear, though I hate this era’s questioning of the media as a whole whenever someone makes up something—yes, it happens, but generally not with respected publications and media—LaVine never ever never ever was being discussed in any trade scenario. Yes, I suppose if the Warriors were offering Curry, though the point is all those rumors about LaVine and No. 4 and all that stuff was a fabrication. The Bulls also were able to figure out, OK, where are we getting his 24 points from? Case closed.
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans poses for a portrait on June 21, 2019 at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Michael Mezey:

I thought that you might enjoy this headline in the Washington Post sports section this morning:

Zion Williamson isn’t a lock to win NBA rookie of the year

I didn’t think that we would be discussing rookie of the year awards before a rookie has even signed with a team, let alone played his first NBA game.

Sam Smith:

The Bulls see him in their third Summer League game next month and if Wendell dominates will it be fair to say Zion could be a bust? Look, we rarely have time for contemplation in this era. We have so much to do!
Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets look on during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 30, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

Scott Lucas:

So the Harden/Paul pairing didn’t end well, with reports that Paul has to be traded. However at his age, with his injury history, and his massive contract that will prove difficult. Do you see any contenders making a move for him? If not, do you think the Bulls would kick the tires on him given their need for a PG and veterans? Porter and Dunn?

Sam Smith:

Obviously you sent this before the Bulls landed rookie of the year contender Coby White. Hey, we can put pressure on our guy, too! I never thought the Paul/Harden thing would work because of the way Paul controlled the ball. But it did seem to be working, and they surely did have a chance for the title in 2018 before Paul was hurt. Paul always has been difficult to play with because he is excellent finding fault in others. Apparently, Harden explained who had the MVP trophy. We all understood-as did Houston, most likely—Paul’s contract was to take a shot like Toronto did with Kawhi. It almost worked; it didn’t. When it doesn’t, it looks bad, as it would have if Kawhi had sat out most of the season and they lost in the first round, which was equally possible. Sometimes you are not the A-team and a plan doesn’t come together.
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat smiles before the game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Tom Plonowski:

Is there a chance Wade comes out of retirement to join LeBron, AD, and others in L.A.?

Sam Smith:

How cool would that be and how much less value would those souvenir signed jerseys have? Wade probably made too much of a production of last season, and, remember, LeBron sent him packing back to Miami the last time they were together. But this could be the return of Carmelo.
Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves smiles against the Golden State Warriors on March 19, 2019 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Victor Devaldivielso:

Am I crazy to think D Rose goes to the Lakers now?

Sam Smith:

And he wouldn’t even have to move. He’s actually the kind of veteran who makes sense now for LeBron to fill out that roster. We’ve heard Rose would love a return to Chicago, but the Lakers are back in the title hunt with Anthony Davis. Rose went to Cleveland to join LeBron for that reason, so even if it didn’t end well last time, he and LeBron seemed to do fine and maybe a second time. It would be good to see Rose finally in the Finals somewhere.
Taj Gibson #67 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to his foul with Derrick Rose #25 during a 114-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Brandon Evans:

I’m done letting anyone convince me that signing DRose and Taji-woo is a bad idea. Both Rose and Taj have put up better numbers in the last 2 years, than we had seen in what we consider their respective primes. DRose did that in 10 less mpg. He’s smarter and knows better than ever when to assert himself during the course of the game. Taj is Taj. Just more efficient, effective Taj. We talk about culture all the time and i think these two were crucial parts to the ECF team culture that can get behind a Thibs lite, Jim Boylen. With what we added in the draft i feel like our roster needs mentors that can cause almost immediate impact from sharing experience while being able to still outperform the mentee. Im content with GarPax after this draft. I dont know if Coby is a superstar in the making or if he even needs to be. But i strongly feel like the right pg can unlock both Lavine and Lauri’s superstar. Its on our roster. We need to facilitate greatness this summer and the vets will be crucial.

Now my hopes 4 FA: Any of these signings make me happy:

PG: Beverly/Rose/Seth Curry
SF: Hood/Ross/
PF: Thaddeus Young/Julius Randle
SG: Wayne Ellington/Glen Robinson III….

And I’d check to see what Jamal Crawford is up to.

Sam Smith:

Yes, that’s next week. Obviously a lot depends on the status with Dunn, though I’d say the way things are going Rose seems a lot less likely than Taj. Obviously Julius Randle is big money and they seem to be looking for quantity with quality. I’d take a look at Jamal given his shooting and scoring abilities even at his age, though Seth Curry with all the playoff exposure probably priced himself out. I do believe the roster will look a lot different and a lot better with a lot fewer former undrafted types.
Ben Gordon #7 of the Chicago Bulls goes up against Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 109-99.

Ryan Carpel:

Coby White looks like Ben Gordon 2.0

Sam Smith:

Except for the part about Ben being unable to dribble.
Bol Bol out of Oregon

Jack Lucas:

Why in the world would the Bulls pass on drafting Bol Bol, who has unlimited upside and wingspan, and instead take Gafford, who by all draft analyst reports I’ve read, is a one dimensional, low ceiling 8-10 minute off the bench 3rd quarter rotation guy?

Sam Smith:

Well, at least the Bulls have a lot of company since Bol didn’t go until 44. What it suggests is physical concerns with his foot surgery. His size and frailty also could complicate that as big men with foot problems—ask Bill Walton—don’t fare well. Gafford actually makes sense as a bigger, athletic guy, a sort of poor man’s version of Jaxson Hayes, who was a lottery pick. Certainly worth the look in the second round. Yes, a safer pick, but a Bulls need. I don’t see him as a gaffe. Gafford No Gaffe?
Coby White at the NBA Draft

James Costas:

Thinking Coby White can definitely make a Bulls All-Hair team, along with Cam Payne, Robin Lopez, Joakim Noah. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but figure that’s a good start. Not quite as pronounced, but the photo of Coby in the Bulls hat was reminiscent of Oscar Gamble with the Cubs back in the day.

Sam Smith:

Great Oscar Gamble reference, though his big hair and White-like cap perched on top of his hair look mostly was with the Sox and Yankees. Noah on draft night was so outrageous some among the Bulls were hoping he would be selected before their pick. The worst I’ve even seen was Elfrid Payton recently because it was getting in his face and affecting his shot. Dunking Darnell Hillman of the old ABA Pacers had what is generally regarded as the best Afro style haircut with considerable height since he was such an amazing dunker at just 5-10. It was a foot of hair. There have been some goofy ones around the league. Dwyane Schintzius and Birdman Anderson come to mind along with Danny Fortson. Old time Bulls Dennis Awtrey and Dave Corzine had those neat perms. Ben Wallace had some height with his Afro as did Artis Gilmore and the famousBulls No. 23, Rowland Garrett. Rodman was mostly inexplicable and Jordan’s baldness opened the way for all men to be bald and proud which might be Jordan’s greatest legacy. Though nothing probably surpasses Boozer’s paint job.

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What comes to mind when you first think of Michael Jordan? That he is the greatest player of all time? The shot? His tremendously successful sneaker line? 6 Championships? Maybe all of these.

Michael Jordan is an interesting character indeed, who invokes many different memories from basketball fans. There are many crazy stories and tales regarding him. Players, coaches, and fans have all recounted the legacy MJ has left on the game of basketball. They continue to do so.

But more importantly, Jordan has left his mark on American pop culture, being one of the few athletes who has become a household name. To get to that status, Jordan had to do some crazy things, which you will hear about today. Whether he was trash-talking, beating people up, signing autographs, or being nice to kids, MJ had a historic career.

Here are 19 crazy stories involving the G.O.A.T. himself.
19 He Dissed Chamillionaire
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Famous Hip Hop artist Chamillionaire was stoked to meet his childhood legend, Michael Jordan. He saw him at an NBA game sitting courtside with Spike Lee. He approached him and Michael yelled at him this.

“You know what, I tell you what, you pay $15,000 right now for a jersey from me and I’ll take a picture with you!”

18 He Chose Who Was/Wasn’t Allowed On the “Dream Team”
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Business Insider published an article in 2012 further confirming that Jordan had the final say of who was allowed on the 1992 Olympic Basketball Team, which went on to become the greatest team ever—virtually. Michael wanted to play side by side only with his buddies.

Magic Johnson also confirmed this.

Michael was all about who was going to be on the team. It was more important…no, make that just as important, for Michael to have a good time as it was to play games.

17 He Made A Bet To Take Lisa Kennedy’s Virginity
via NY Daily News

Lisa Kennedy, who started her career as an MTV VJ, released a book called The Kennedy Chronicles.

The book features a story about her and Michael Jordan betting on a dice game. The bet was that if Jordan was able to beat her, she would have to accompany to his room. Apparently Kennedy, who was a virgin at the time, was terrified that Jordan would “eviscerate [her] from the inside out,” and didn’t take that version of the bet.
16 He Once Told Shaq Exactly What He Was Going To Do Against His Teammate
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Shaq recalls a game where Jordan literally told him the exact moves he was going to pull on his teammate. Shaq recalled what Michael said below.

I’m coming down. I’m going to dribble it between my legs twice. I’m going to pump fake and then I’m going to shoot a jumper. And then I’m going to look at you. And that’s exactly what he did.

15 He Intimidated The Bullets Locker Room By Smoking A Cigar
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Chris Webber reported that Jordan came into the Bullets locker room smoking a cigar to try and get into their head. He said,

We played a five game series against the Bulls. It was the year they won 72 games. We lose all three games by a total of seven points. I saw Michael Jordan come into our locker room with a cigar, while it was lit, and said, ‘Who’s going to check me tonight?’

14 He Swindled An Elderly Lady In Cards
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Jordan has been an avid gambler for a long time. Buzz Peterson, his UNC teammate, recalled a story when Jordan came over to his house to reconnect. Buzz’s mother was there and they all decided to play some cards. When Mrs. Peterson got up to use the bathroom, Buzz recalls him looking at her cards and then eventually winning the game.
13 Betting $100K – $300K On A Single Golf Match
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According to Charles Barkley, MJ was a high roller when it came to golf. He would frequently bet significant sums—even on a single put or hole. Jordan’s competitiveness is not exclusive to basketball, obviously, and it follows him in whatever he endeavors to do.
12 OJ Mayo High School Beatdown
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While at MJ’s camp, OJ Mayo was calling out to him that he couldn’t guard him. Jordan was angry at this and obviously knew who the young recruit was. Jordan said the following.

OK, young fella, let me tell you something. You may be the best high school player in the world, but I’m the greatest ever. Don’t you ever disrespect the great like that.

11 He Is A Ping Pong Champion
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Apparently Michael Jordan doesn’t like to lose, just in case you didn’t know. Can you believe that after losing a ping pong game to a teammate, Jordan went out and bought a ping pong table the next day? Sure that’s not too crazy, but he then proceeded to train every day for the next six months until he was able to exact revenge on his teammate. He even trained with the 1992 Olympic Table Tennis team!
10 He Antagonized His Own Teammate: Rodney McCray
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Jordan snapped at Rodney McCray multiple times while on the Chicago Bulls. In this instance, he made Rodney pretty sad, saying “You’re a loser, you’ve always been a loser.”

McCray never played another year of basketball. He arrived with the Bulls putting up 16.6 points per game and 8.2 rebounds three years prior, but apparently, there was no spot for him on Jordan’s team.
9 Messin’ With Chuck
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During the 1993 NBA Finals, Jordan played a little prank on Charles Barkley. They were best buddies off the court, or so Barkley thought. Jordan purchased a $20,000 diamond ring for Chuck before the NBA finals. He eventually explained why he was doing this for his opponent:

He won’t get in my way the rest of the series, what’s $20,000 to me? Charles thinks we’re great friends. I hate that fat f—.”

8 He Tried Scrimmaging Against His Bobcats Team & Got Injured
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While scrimmaging with his own team, the Bobcats, Jordan got injured. MJ got evaluated by the trainer, and he was good to go eventually. What was really quite the sight, was Jordan attempting to play defense at 50 years old. Well, it didn’t work out too well, as he fell a couple of times. Jordan was rushed to the trainer’s office and looked at.
7 Bullying Cartwright
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Michael Jordan was very angry when he found out his friend Charles Oakley was traded for Bill Cartwright. As a result, he hazed Cartwright, and continuously bullied him. Jordan would throw him passes intentionally missing his hands, would trash talk him, and just be a plain jerk to him. Jordan would call him names like “Medical Bill” implying that he was injury-prone and he purposely threw him passes that were impossible to handle.
6 A Risky $500 Wager
via Golf Digest

In 2011, MJ made a risky bet with a fan for $500 (well, maybe that’s not so risky to him), betting that he could land the ball on the green. Anyway, of course, Jordan hit the ball square on the green and took home $500. His competitive nature never fails.
5 He Never Let His Wife Win An Argument
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ESPN journalist Wright Thompson did an interview with Michael Jordan where Jordan talked about his home life. Jordan claimed that he would not ONCE let his wife win an argument between them. The journalist said that Jordan sounded very patriarchal in the interview as if his wife’s opinion was irrelevant to his own.
4 Utah Jazz Fiesta
via Deseret News

In a game against the Jazz, the Utah owner became upset with Jordan, after he dunked the ball on John Stockton, and yelled out “pick on someone your own size”.

Well, sure enough, Jordan did exactly that. The next play Jordan dunked it on Mel Turpin who stood at 6-foot-11. Jordan was dissing everybody.
3 Muggsy Bogues
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In the 1995 NBA playoffs, Jordan was a big bully to short NBA player Bogues. While Muggsy was running up the basketball court, Jordan said this, “Shoot it, you f****** midget.” As Bogues shot the ball, he completely missed it. Airball. Interestingly enough, Bogues told reporters that his career went in a negative slope after these words. Bogues felt picked on and bullied by Jordan throughout his career.
2 Dissed by Madonna
via Basketball Network

Jordan had somewhat of a relationship with Madonna in the mid-’90s. However, he was a little rattled to hear that his teammate Scottie Pippen was also involved. Jordan tried being his competitive self but Pippen ended up winning Madonna over. She said that Pippen satisfied her more. I think we all know what means.
1 The Flu Game
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In the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan caught the flu. But what’s an illness to Jordan? Apparently nothing. On June 11, 1997, (Game 5), Jordan dropped 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. And further, Jordan hit a game-winning three-pointer in the 4th. Jordan recalls this insane game.

I almost played myself into passing out. I came in and I was almost dehydrated, and it was all just to win a basketball game. I couldn’t breathe. My energy level was really low. My mouth was really dry. They started giving me Gatorade, and I thought about IV.

Is this not the craziest NBA story you’ve ever heard?

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Bob Boozer, a star basketball player in college who became an Olympic gold medalist and finished his playing career with an NBA championship, died of a brain aneurysm May 19 at a hospital in Omaha, Neb. He was 75.

The death was confirmed by his wife of 46 years, Ella Boozer.

Mr. Boozer was the No. 1 pick in the 1959 NBA draft after he earned all-America honors his junior and senior seasons at Kansas State. The 6-foot-8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks.

One of his great joys was playing with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the gold medal-winning 1960 Olympic team. He went on to average 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds with six professional teams.

Mr. Boozer and his teammates on the 1960 Olympic team were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. The star-studded squad won eight games by an average of 42.4 points, and 10 of the players reached the NBA. Mr. Boozer was a reserve who played mostly a defensive role.
The Chicago Bulls’ Bob Boozer poses in uniform in 1968. (AP/AP/The Chicago Bulls)

“We had so many shooters on the Olympic team that he didn’t get to shoot it like he did in college,” Robertson said. “Bob never ever complained.”

Robert Louis Boozer was born April 26, 1937, in Omaha. He became one of the greatest players ever at Kansas State.

He averaged 21.9 points for his career, and his 25.2 points a game as a senior is second in school history to Michael Beasley’s 26.2 points in 2007-08. Mr. Boozer led the Wildcats to the NCAA Final Four as a junior, and as a senior he helped Kansas State to a No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll.

Mr. Boozer delayed entering the NBA for a year so he could retain his amateur status for the Olympics. He averaged 6.8 points for the American team that beat Brazil 90-63 for the gold medal in Rome.

Ella Boozer said her husband took delight in good-natured arguments about whether the 1960 Olympic team was better than the 1992 “Dream Team,” which included Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley.

The Chicago Bulls selected Mr. Boozer in the 1966 expansion draft, and he averaged 20.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in three seasons with the team. He made his only All-Star appearance in 1968 while with the Bulls. He played with Robertson and Lew Alcindor while winning the ’71 title with the Bucks.

Bulls teammate Bob Love said he remembered Mr. Boozer for the running hook shots he took as he crossed the lane.

“You couldn’t block his shot,” Love said. “He had those long arms and wide body. He couldn’t jump real high, but he had a quick shot. He’d get his shot off and get back under the hoop and put the ball back in the hole.”

Mr. Boozer returned to Omaha after his playing days and worked as an executive for the telephone company. He was appointed to the Nebraska Parole Board in the 1990s and volunteered at Boys Town, the home for troubled youth.