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Michael Jordan is known as one of the most competitive athletes ever, so on the occasion of his 50th birthday, we asked NBA All-Stars if there was anything in the world they thought they could beat the G.O.A.T. at.

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If you’ve got a spare $100,000 lying around and are reading this website, you are probably OK with spending all that money on something basketball-related, just so long as it’s awesome. And though, as a Bulls fan, I might be biased, I’m fairly certain that this fits the bill — it’s the structural blueprint for the United Center’s Michael Jordan statue that everyone takes a picture with whenever they go to a Bulls game. And it’s on eBay.

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  • Item: Michael Jordan Statue Structural Blue Print Page
  • Size: 24″ x 17 ” (the frame adds a 1.5 inches to each side)
  • Description: The drawings are clear and readable, cheap frame, the blue print was poorly glue’d onto a piece of cardboard, can see the swirl of the glue through the paper, paper has yellowed except where the glue swirls are

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OK, so there are some obvious flaws with this — you have to pick it up in Manteno, IL and there is no reason you would ever want to go there besides this, there are some glue swirls on the paper, the frame sucks — but it’s totally worth it to have the blueprints to a statue of Michael Jordan wearing a pair of shoes he never wore for a game. Buy a nicer frame, hang it above the mantle and you’re straight ballin’.

And though it totally makes sense that such a thing would exist, I’m a little surprised it does. I guess I always just figured that the plans behind Michael Jordan’s statue were just something along the lines of, “Build a statue of Michael Jordan dunking and make it look awesome.” The statue accomplishes that pretty easily, but it does make a lot of sense that there’d be more planning than just one guy telling another what he’d like to see. This is why I’m not an architect, sculptor or city planner.

So just pony up the $100,000 and get a super cool, one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia. Literally no else will have this, so you’ll instantly have a leg up on all the other rich, eccentric Jordan fans out there. Just make sure you get a new frame because that one is bogus.

Couple more shots after the jump. Five Muggsys out of five, for all the Phenomenal Swag heads out there.

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Jordan Brand is in the midst of XX8 Days of Flight — a campaign to get people hyped for the release of the 28th edition of the world’s most famous shoe that’s already featured some great writing and some wicked new colorways of every edition. Today is Day 12, so here are some things I remember about the Air Jordan XII.

The Flu Game is the signature game during the Jordan 12 era. It was awesome when I watched it at home as a kid and it remains awesome watching it today. 38 points in 44 minutes, 15 in the fourth, a tie-breaking three with 25 seconds left and one iconic photograph. It also inspired the greatest thing Josh Smith has ever said. “Can’t eat sushi in Utah, brother — landlocked” remains hilarious.

Sometime when you’re sick, throw it on. You’ll instantly feel motivated to do anything besides feel like the world’s biggest waste of organic material.

Back when Eastbay catalogs were the jam, I used to spend literally an hour on the phone talking with my friend Marc Johnson about all the various sections. We would go through the thing page-by-page, discussing what shoes we liked, the random And1 shirts and all that nonsense. Our greatest disagreement regarding anything that ever appeared in the catalog was about the Jordan XII, which came in a colorway called “Obsidian-White.”

Nowadays, I think we can all agree that these are blue and white shoes. But back in the day, I was convinced they were black and white because obsidian is black. I looked it up in the giant dictionary we had in the closet and everything. The shoes are navy blue, no diggity doubt about it. But also, obsidian is definitely black. It says so on Wikipedia and everything. So even though I was wrong back then, I’m still kind of right.

I 100 percent botched getting the Air Jordan XI when I was in 7th grade because I loved Grant Hill a little too much. The next year, however, was a different story. When the XII was released, I told my mom immediately that those were going to be my eighth grade basketball shoes. She got ‘em for me for Christmas, I played about 60 minutes of A-team basketball in them during the season, then I wore them with some Keith Van Horn-inspired tall socks to host our middle school’s talent contest as part of a classic odd couple bit with Tom Dean. It killed.

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“He’s pretty good.” — Bismack Biyombo on Michael Jordan

Due to its extremely sensitive nature, I cannot reveal to you what is on my iPhone’s (4S, no big deal) lock screen. However, I can reveal to you what is on the background of LeBron James’ phone, which is theoretically a Samsung Galaxy Note II but in reality is probably an iPhone 5. I think this is a fair trade.

From Sports Illustrated:

[LeBron James] revealed on Wednesday that the screensaver of his phone is a Photoshop image of himself handling the ball while guarded by Michael Jordan in his prime. “Jordan was my superhero growing up,” James said. “He was the guy I feel helped me get to where I am today. As a competitor, who would not want to go against the best? That’s like asking [Tom] Brady would he want to go against Montana in the fourth quarter.”

On one hand, this is pretty dorky. Mostly because it is something I feel like I would do, considering I once had a Photoshopped championship ring as my phone background. There’s just something inherently uncool about it to me, since I would do it.

But on the other hand, it’s kinda cute. Like, I bet LeBron James does wish he could have a showdown with Michael Jordan, just to prove that he can compete with the G.O.A.T. and also avenge that picture where Jordan looks zero percent impressed to be meeting smiley-faced, 18-year-old LeBron. It kind of reminds you that LeBron is still just a kid who looked up to Michael Jordan, only now he’s replaced him as the best player in the NBA.

In related news, sources say that the background for Chris Bosh’s phone is Chris Bosh making a Chris Bosh face because that’s what makes Chris Bosh laugh the most and Chris Bosh loves laughing.

If you listened to today’s show, then you know I’ve been gone the past couple of days because I was in New York for the Air Jordan XX8 launch. And if you’ve been on the basketblogosphnet in the past 24 hours, you know the new Jordans caused quite a bit of commotion, what with their zip-up outer layer and complete departure from what a basketball shoe usually looks like.

And yeah, the shoes do look crazy, even to the point that the Jordan Brand promo video we saw before the shoe was unveiled included the phrase, “Yeah it looks crazy.” When your marketing team things your product is bizarre and then admits it, you have a bizarre product.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first Air Jordans were such a change from normal basketball shoes that Michael Jordan was fined every time he wore them in a game and now they’re a legendary shoe. I’m not saying that’ll happen with the XX8, but first impressions don’t always stick.

Anyways, let’s talk about some things regarding the Air Jordan XX8.

That Zip-Up Shroud

Shrouds aren’t anything new for the Air Jordan line. A covering of some sort first showed up on the XVI, then kept popping up on the XVII, XVIII and XIX. Hate it or love it, Jordan Brand has a history of putting things over their shoes.

But this is pretty extreme. That outer layer makes the XX8 in to an 8-inch tall shoe, which is the tallest basketball shoe on the market. They’re partly inspired by military boots and Gary Payton’s “The Glove” (which was designed by Josh Heard, who also worked on the XX8), but it’s like they figured people liked the height and coverage of those two shoes, so they combined them and exaggerated the result. It is, to say the least, an interesting look.

When the first pictures from the event popped up, the reaction wasn’t great. A wall full of 8-inch tall, plain black shoes is strange, especially coming from a signature line famous for being the coolest shoes in the game. Zipped all the way up, the XX8 kind of looks like a spatted football cleat, which is odd for a basketball shoe.

But the look will change. Jordan Brand has said they will have more colorways of this shoe than any Air Jordan before it. Lead designer Tinker Hatfield has teased the idea of sublimating graphics on that plain upper, and I’ve heard rumors from bamboo to custom graphics to printed versions of old Jordans. Who knows what will actually come to pass, but the possibilities are there.

(Also, and I admit this is weird, but these look pretty slick with a pair of slim, black pants. You will just have to trust me on this one.)

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Ever since he decided to bring distressed JNCOs back, we’ve all had some great laughs at Michael Jordan’s pants. Some call them dad jeans, others call the Aladdin pants. There’s even a Tumblr dedicated to chronicling his fashion mishaps. Up until this point, seeing what new monstrosity Michael Jordan is wearing has been a bowl full of giggles.

But now, things are getting serious, as Michael Jordan’s pants have gotten him in trouble at a Miami country club. From the New York Post:

Michael Jordan ruffled feathers at an exclusive Miami Beach country club when he wouldn’t play by their rules. Page Six has exclusively learned the NBA legend hit the links as a guest at swanky La Gorce Country Club — but his gear didn’t fit the club’s old-school rules.

“Michael was wearing cargo pants on the course,” said a spy. Jordan’s multipocketed pants were apparently against the dress code that, sources say, dictates that members and guests must be attired in a collared shirt and Bermuda shorts. But when 6-foot, 6-inch Jordan was offered a chance to change outfits, he demurred. “He was given the chance to change but he didn’t want to,” a source said.

The source added that Jordan, who was enjoying a round at the club with one of its members, played on anyway. The source added that members complained about Jordan breaking the rules and, “He won’t be invited back.”

First and foremost, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. But also, LOL.

Other than that, this is pretty much the perfect Michael Jordan story for this stage in his life. You’ve got the cargo pants, the golf, the refusing to do what someone tells him to do then doing what he wants anyways, the fact that one of his PR reps actually said the words “Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants … He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously” to let you know just how much Michael Jordan loves cargo pants — it’s all perfect. The only thing missing is the end of the story, where Jordan aces all of his remaining holes just to spite the country club.

This is what it has come to with Michael Jordan’s pants — the world’s most famous basketball player now gets in trouble for wearing cargos to a golf course. If that doesn’t earn him a pantervention, I don’t know what will.