March 4, 2015 |
MOVE OVER Jeffrey Lurie, you've got company. Michael Jordan jumped into the deep end of the financial pool yesterday when Forbes revealed the former NBA star, who is now principal owner of the Hornets, made its 2015 billionaires list. It's a first for Jordan, whose $1 billion net worth ranked him at 1,741. Lurie is ranked at 1,638 with $1.1 billion. Others with ties to sports are Rams owner Stanley Kroenke, ranked 225 with $6.3 billion, Patriots owner Robert Kraft (381, $4.3 billion)
February 13, 2015 |
WE DON'T KNOW if LeBron James has a craving for savings. But he definitely has a passion for fashion. The Cavaliers forward is producing the NBA All-Star All-Style runway competition that will air tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The show, which will be taped tonight at New York's Hammerstein Theater, features several All-Star models, including Klay Thompson, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins, who on Sunday will play for the West squad. In addition, there will be plenty of female contestants, including models Erin Heatherton and Rachel Hilbert.
December 19, 2014 |
BEFORE THE SWOOSH came into his life, Michael Jordan wore Converse. Yesterday a powder-blue pair of leather hightops that he wore at North Carolina sold at auction for $33,387. ESPN.com reported that the sneaks - inscribed "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" - were consigned to Grey Flannel Auctions by a high school teammate of Jordan's. The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a nice piece of history. But they are far less valuable that some other Jordan memorabilia.
October 30, 2014 |
EXPECTATIONS are low for the Sixers, who open their season against the Pacers tonight. Which makes leafing through Sports Illustrated's coffee-table book, "Basketball's Greatest," a nice distraction. The Sixers are well-represented in the book, which ranks the 10 best players and coaches in numerous categories. Best shooting guard goes, of course, to Michael Jordan. But Allen Iverson is ranked sixth, ahead of George Gervin (seventh) and Oscar Robertson (eighth). Larry Bird is named best small forward, followed by LeBron James and Julius Erving.
June 27, 2014 |
LIKE THE SIXERS do this year, the Bulls had the third selection in 1984. Chicago had missed the playoffs the previous two seasons (just like the Sixers) and really wanted a big man to build around. Houston opened the draft by taking center Akeem Olajuwon. Portland, as expected, followed with center Sam Bowie. When the Bulls picked Michael Jordan at No. 3, then-general manager Rod Thorn joked "I only wish he were 7-1. " Jordan was the national college player of the year, so it's not like the Bulls were settling for an 18-year-old Australian most casual fans had never heard of a month ago. With history as our guide, here is a look at the top three picks in the last 30 years.
August 13, 2013 |
Maurice Holoway had been obsessing for six days. On that Monday he had read that the classic Air Jordan IIIs were being rereleased. These were the original red, white, and black kicks first made available to the public in 1988. Holoway, 28, knew he had to get to the store early if he wanted a crack at the $160 shoes. He didn't want to be disappointed. By 7:30 on that Saturday morning, when the UBIQ store opened in the Gallery, Holoway was standing pretty - first in line. For the occasion he wore his Nike Barkley Posite Max Phoenix Suns in rich purple faux crocodile skin with zigzags of bright powder blue and a Nike swoosh in shocking orange that cost him about $250.
July 24, 2013 |
MICHAEL JORDAN thought he was fixed for life. Turns out his wife has other ideas. Jose Lambiet, of Gossip Extra, citing a source close to Jordan, reported that the former NBA star has agreed to reverse a vasectomy he allegedly got after he divorced his first wife. The 50-year-old Jordan already has three grown children, but the report said he made the decision because his new wife, 35-year-old ex-model Yvette Prieto, wants kids. And apparently, she was - you'll excuse the pun - a bit snippy about it. "That was part of the deal of them getting married," the source told Gossip Extra.
July 5, 2013 |
IN CASE YOU missed it, Joey Chestnut won his seventh straight Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest yesterday. Chestnut devoured a record 69 dogs and buns in 10 minutes on Coney Island in New York, the original home of hot dog emporium. The only thing better than watching Chestnut eat was listening to Rich Shea announce the event for ESPN. Shea, the president of Major League Eating - there really is such a an organization - helps runs the gluttony fest, so you'll forgive him if he takes it a bit too seriously.
June 14, 2013 |
WE WERE watching the U.S. Open on TV yesterday afternoon when out of nowhere comes a shot of a groundhog, or gopher, or some such furry creature. That immediately made us think of "Caddyshack," which then made us think of Bill Murray. Who'da thunk they had rodents on the Main Line? Anyway, how cool would it be if Murray was at the Open? We can see him now, traipsing around in his Carl Spackler hat while eating a Baby Ruth and playing in a foursome with the Dalai Lama. On the 18th fairway, Murray pulls out a 1-iron while standing next to the famous Ben Hogan plaque.
March 1, 2013 |
ALLEN IVERSON played with a chip on his shoulder the size of Gibraltar. It was his fuel. Sometimes that fuel flooded the engine, but Iverson never backed off a challenge. Maybe it was because of his childhood growing up in Hampton, Va., where he was the man of the house at a too-young age. Maybe it was seeing people from the neighborhood getting killed or going to prison. Maybe it was being imprisoned - wrongly, he believed - and missing out on his senior year of basketball. Or maybe because he was usually the smallest player on the court, feeling he had to prove himself every minute, showing everyone that size doesn't matter.