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Sometimes a story comes along that is so perfectly tailored to your interests that you just have to let it tell yourself. That’s the case right now.

It’s about the time Boyz II Men wore Air Jordan XIs to an award show and how everyone, Michael Jordan included, loved it. From Nice Kicks:

Nice Kicks: Obviously, you guys are known for the incredible hits you consistently came out with during the 90s, but the sneaker world credits you for one of the most iconic moments of the Air Jordan 11. What do you remember most about wearing Concords on the Grammy stage?

Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men: I can tell you the exact story MJ told us. Around 95-96, Jordan came out with the Concord 11s, and when they first came out, Jordan told us that the people over at Nike were not big fans of the 11, initially. Jordan had to convince them that the 11s would be great. He told them that one day an entertainer is going to wear those kicks with a tuxedo or something like that because of the patent leather toe. It makes sense because patent leather shoes are often worn with tuxedos. Lo and behold, the day of the Grammy’s, the guys and I came out in White Sox baseball caps, tuxedos and Jordan 11s. MJ saw it and was like, ‘Yo, this is crazy!’ He was a big fan of the group even before that, so when we finally met up with each other, he told us this story that I’m telling you now and how Nike really didn’t like the 11 when it was initially produced. From that meeting, we became really good friends. Since then, we’ve been getting Jordans on the regular because of that. I pretty much have every single Jordan that has come out since that meeting.

That’s good enough, but if you believe Tinker Hatfield’s (the shoe’s designer and a legend in his field) account of MJ’s response, it’s even better. From Counter Kicks:

After the Boyz II Men performance, Michael Jordan, ever the competitive spirit, placed a call to Tinker Hatfield directly. He opened with the simple line: “I told you so, motherf—er.”

Easily the best story about iconic basketball shoes worn by a male vocal group. I’m sure you agree.

Growing up, Michael Jordan was literally the coolest, best-dressed, most-successful-at-what-he-does person on Earth. Now he is the owner of the team with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, inspiration for millions of dad jeans jokes and guy who has dance-offs in the club for a friend’s birthday.

From the New York Post:

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan surprised his former teammate Scottie Pippen for Pippen’s 47th birthday party Monday night. Pippen’s wife, Larsa, planned the secret bash at Chicago hot spot Sunda. [...] Sources told us the fun night ended with a dance-off between Jordan and Pippen to the Trey Songz and Fabolous song, “Say Ahh.”

Growing up as a Bulls fan, I always wanted to see Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen go one-on-one — since Pippen was the theoretically ideal defender to go up against Jordan, it would have been great — but not like this. Not ever like this. I would still pay $60 to watch this on pay-per-view, but still. Goodbye forever, childhood.

At least it wasn’t “Throw It in the Bag.”

(via PBT)

Michael Jordan’s old credit card is going to be auctioned soon, meaning you can own the very piece of plastic that was used to buy a closet full of baggy dad jeans. So that is pretty cool, I guess.

And while you might not think it’s possible to buy anything with an expired credit card, well, don’t tell Michael Jordan there’s something he can’t do unless you want to end up in a Hall of Fame speech. The key, as you may have surmised, is to only buy things that would have been relevant back when the card was active, then hope they still hold up in 2012.

With that in mind, here’s a list of things you could buy today with Michael Jordan’s expired credit card.

  • Yellow sweater vest/gigantic untucked white dress shirt 2-for-1combination shirt
  • iPod Nano covers that look like wool socks
  • “Confessions of an Heiress,” Paris Hilton’s autobiography
  • Distressed military hat
  • Kwame Brown
  • Lot of 100 Livestrong bracelets (or lot of 100 Kabbalah red string bracelets)
  • Tickets to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour
  • “Napoleon Dynamite” on DVD
  • “Chappelle’s Show” season one box set
  • Anything off of the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline wedding registry
  • Opening night tickets to “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo”
  • Trucker hats
  • Myspace stock
  • Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” CD single
  • Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started” CD single
  • Black Eyed Peas “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” CD single
  • Black Eyed Peas “Hey Mama” CD single
  • Good odds on who would be named the new pope
  • Gilbert Arenas All-Star jersey

So you see, having Michael Jordan’s expired credit card is definitely going to come in handy, as pretty much nothing here is going to seem dated in today’s day and age. And while this list is a very good start, you know Michael Jordan had a pretty massive credit line. Ergo, let’s hear some of your purchases in the comments.

(via Darren Brovell/Ball Don’t Lie)

When you really think about it, there is probably no better player-shoe company fit in the NBA than Dwyane Wade wearing Jordan Brand shoes. He’s an elite shooting guard who is capable of making huge, highlight reel plays on both ends of the court, who constantly attacks and who, oh yeah, is from Chicago. Not to mention, he’s spent the entirety of his career thus far playing for a team that wears black, red and white. It is a literally perfect fit, which is exactly why the brand put Wade right alongside MJ to launch the Air Jordan 2010.

Except, as Nick De Paula from Sole Collector magazine tells us in a very interesting post about big name players without shoe deals, it’s not quite as perfect as it may seem.

Despite literally all of the stars aligning, the endorsement deal somehow didn’t end up working out for either party. Wade signed on with the understanding that he would be the lone man to lead the annual Air Jordan shoe each February, a huge undertaking and passing of the torch for a guy who grew up on the south side of Chicago and as a teen idolized MJ during the Bulls’ legendary ’90s run. Once Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and others rocked the Air Jordan 2010 during Wade’s very first All-Star Weekend with the brand, the plan seemed to already be in disarray and the relationship more fractured than anyone wanted to admit at the time.

By all accounts, Wade can certainly be sensitive to work with at times and indecisive when it comes to product feedback. The brand’s efforts to make up and launch his very own signature Fly Wade series for each spring’s playoff run churned out two models that struggled mightily at retail. With an endorsement price tag of nearly $10 million a year and all kinds of athlete service stress to deal with in the form of custom sneaker modifications and extra attention, perhaps Jordan Brand doesn’t see the value in extending Wade’s deal this summer.

As it stands, there isn’t a product plan in place for DWade with his third Fly Wade shoe already scrapped for this season. After starting on such a promising note with so many complementary qualities seemingly working in both Wade and Jordan Brand’s favor, it’s looking like that partnership will come to an end just three years in.

Very weird that this isn’t working out. I talked to Wade right after he signed up with Jordan Brand and he told me that getting a call from Michael Jordan to wear his shoes was “one of the unbelievable moments in my entire life, and it’s something I take with pride. Because I got the call from Michael Jordan himself. His brand is his name. It’s his logo. So it really means a lot.” Less than two years later, that relationship is over?

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With the Charlotte Bobcats amassing a 7-58 record in the first 65 games of their 2011-12 season, and only one game remaining in the strike-shortened regular season, the Bobcats were at risk of posting the worst regular-season record by winning percentage of all-time. With only a Thursday night game against the playoff-bound Knicks standing in between Charlotte and basketball infamy, team majority owner and pro-hoops legend Michael Jordan made the controversial and much-publicized decision to suit up for the team’s final contest, in an attempt to help shield them from ending up on the wrong side of NBA history. Here’s how it went down.

Monday, April 23rd. The Bobcats play their 64th game of the season against the Washington Wizards in DC. Despite facing a team that has been dysfunctional all year and will end up with the second-worst record in the league, the Bobcats fall easily, with Washington outscoring Charlotte 63-39 in the first half and ultimately winning 101-73. A disgusted Michael Jordan is shown sporadically on the sideline, until he is seen leaving the building halfway through the third quarter.

After the game, Michael Jordan calls a press conference for the next day. No explanation is given to the press as for the reason why, though Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports offers the following Tweet:

You guys are not going to BELIEVE what I’m hearing this MJ presser is gonna be about.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 6, 2012

Tuesday, April 24th. From the press room at the Amway Center in Orlando, where the Bobcats will be playing the Magic in their penultimate game the next night, Michael Jordan sits with a room two-thirds full of reporters. Those in attendance will later say they assumed that Jordan was either going to announce that he was stepping down as head of operations of the team, that he was selling his stake in the team, or that he was planning on firing Paul Silas and stepping in as head coach for next season. Instead, the Hall of Famer takes the podium and reads the following statement:

It’s been a hard season for all of us in the Bobcats organization, from Coach Silas to [general manager] Rich Cho, to our guys on the court. And as team owner and head of operations, I think it’s been hardest of all on me. I knew going into this season that we were a young team, and we were gonna have to take some lumps, suffer some growing pains, maybe miss the playoffs … but I never thought I’d be sitting here, two games to go in the season, and we’re knocking down the door of history with just how bad we’ve been.

You all know me, you know what I competitor I am, you know how much I hate — hate — losing. And in over 30 years of basketball, I’ve never, ever had to deal with losing like this.

Now, I’m not blaming our guys, who have had to deal with a lot of injuries, a lot of tough losses, and have continued to play hard, to try to grow as a team, even with all the setbacks. When you lose this much, it goes beyond the team, beyond even the coaching staff. When you lose this much, it’s on the owners — it’s on me — for not putting this team in a position to win games. I take full responsibility for the team’s record up until this point.

And that’s why it breaks my heart to see our guys, to see Kemba, Gerald, D.J., Bismack, going out there and competing every night, and have nothing to show for out. And now they’re not just fighting Orlando and New York in their last two games, they’re fighting history. I’d do anything … in my power … to save them from having to be associated with that kind of history.

That’s why I’ve called you all here to announce that, if we lose tomorrow night here in Orlando, I will be temporarily joining the Bobcats’ active roster for our game in New York against the Knicks. I will attempt to do for this team on the court what I was unable to do from the front office — to help them win enough games to avoid earning the distinction of having the worst record of any team that ever took the basketball court.

After Jordan finishes his statement, there are a couple seconds of awkward silence, as if the reporters in attendance temporarily forget what normally happens at this point in press conferences. A selection of some of the questions eventually asked and Jordan’s answers.

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This is great news, you guys. A game we’ve long heard about but have never seen is going to see the light of day. We’re actually going to get to watch the Dream Team lose to a bunch of college players. For realsies.

From the New York Times:

The footage, nearly 20 years old, shows the Dream Team doing something they never did at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona: losing. They faced a group of top college players that included Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Penny Hardaway and Chris Webber, who vowed: “I’m not going to be intimidated.”

The never-before-seen coaches’ tape is part of a documentary, “NBA TV’s The Dream Team, presented by Right Guard,” that will be shown on the league’s network on June 13. In part, the footage shows Webber gleefully jamming and Hurley easily slicing through the Dream Team defense.

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I’ve read about it so many times, heard so many differing stories and am just stoked that we’re going to really get to see it, thanks to a USA Basketball camera that happened to be taping the scrimmage. So great. Can’t wait. Other rhyming words.

Not only that, the documentary is also going to have footage of what pretty much all the Dream Team says is the greatest game they ever played in.

The documentary also has tape — from USA Basketball and NBA Entertainment cameras — of a far more famous pre-Olympic scrimmage: Michael Jordan’s team against Magic Johnson’s in Monte Carlo.

Yes. The fabled Monte Carlo scrimmage, on our televisions. This is just great. It’ll be like seeing tape of The Beatles’ first performance with Ringo at Hulme Hall, only this is real. Even if this documentary is chock-full of Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson fighting each other to mispronounce words, it’s going to be amazing.

Getting to see a bunch of legends in their primes — plus a bunch of young guys who would eventually become All-Stars beating them even if Chuck Daly did kind of throw the scrimmage — will be awesome and I don’t care if you disagree. June 13, hurry up and get here.

One of my best friends from college’s best friend growing up was a kid by the name of Michael Jordan, who grew up three blocks from the United Center during the Bulls dynasty. I haven’t heard from that Michael Jordan in six or seven years, but I have to imagine this is pretty much what his life has become.

(via PBT)