July 27, 2016
MAYBE IT'S because Michael Jordan was perceived as being hesitant to step into the social justice arena during his playing career that his statement on Monday concerning the nation's escalating racial divide seemed so extraordinary. Because Jordan is an intelligent and perceptive man, it is hard to imagine that his mentality was neutral toward the many black social issues that occurred during his tenure as the most popular black athlete on the planet. Because Jordan is an intelligent and perceptive man, it is easy to imagine that he understood the risks involved with being a social activist during his tenure as the most popular black athlete on the planet.
March 26, 2016 |
Marcus Paige's 21 points in North Carolina's 101-86 win over Indiana on Friday put him ahead of Michael Jordan on the Tar Heels' all-time scoring list. When the senior was told of this accomplishment, Paige mentioned how Jordan's points came in three seasons. "Shut up," coach Roy Williams responded. "Your name's going to be ahead of Michael Jordan in something. Just take that and appreciate it. " Paige also ensured that his final game would not end against the Hoosiers, like Jordan's did in the East Regional in 1984.
February 29, 2016 |
Fran Dunphy's exact words in the last huddle, as Temple's coach remembered them later, were directed at Owls senior Quenton DeCosey: "I'm going to give you the ball, and you're going to win the game. Are you ready for that?" The response, Dunphy said, was kind of a laugh from DeCosey, which Dunphy interpreted as: "What, are you kidding?" "It's kind of like asking a 4.0 student how he's doing in school," Dunphy said later, after DeCosey had pulled off another A. "What are you asking me for?"
November 25, 2015 |
You don't have to explain to Ryan Coogler why people of every age, race, gender and nationality run up the Rocky steps. Coogler, an African-American man born and bred in Oakland, Calif., inherited his "Rocky" love from his father, who inherited it from his mother - three generations have found the movie a source of powerful, personal inspiration. "My dad watched my mom pass away from complications of breast cancer," Coogler said. "Near the end, the only thing they could do together was watch TV, and it so happened the "Rocky" movies were on a lot, and that became a deep bond for them.
November 25, 2015 |
Drink your eggs and do your one-arm push-ups, people - looks like we'll be going several more happy rounds with "Rocky. " The new spinoff, "Creed," looks like it has legs - a movie that reminds us why we loved the original, made by people who obviously cherish it as much as we do. "Creed" (in theaters today) takes us back to Rocky the striver, the guy wanting to go the distance, to prove something, if only to himself. This time his name is Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), an L.A. kid introduced to us in a lengthy prologue - illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, disowned, raised in foster homes, adopted belatedly by Apollo's wife (Phylicia Rashad)
August 20, 2015 |
The countdown clock to Joel Embiid's prospective return to the 76ers has restarted, more than a month after the team announced that he would indeed need bone-graft surgery in his right foot. He had that surgery Tuesday, so the mystery that had surrounded the process ought to be quelled for at least a little while. The Sixers themselves, of course, fed the questions and speculation and mystery by remaining so quiet about Embiid and his situation. They released a statement July 11 that said because Embiid had suffered a setback in the healing of his right navicular bone, he would undergo the operation within seven and 10 days.
August 7, 2015
AFTER a full day fielding questions about playing Johnny Storm in "The Fantastic Four," Michael B. Jordan was bushed. "I spoke my piece," said Jordan, referring to a magazine essay he wrote about crossing racial lines to play the character. Stan Lee has endorsed Jordan's casting whole-heartedly, but some fans have objected to a black actor being cast to play a character who was white in the comics. What does Jordan think of the controversy online? "I honestly couldn't tell you. I haven't really been paying attention.
June 12, 2015 |
I AM NOT completely sure in what context to put LeBron James' efforts in the 2015 NBA Finals. I have been courtside when Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were spectacular, while leading their teams to NBA championships. I watched Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Hakeen Olajuwon dominate in the Finals. I have never seen anything like what James has done with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first three games of this series against the Golden State Warriors.
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.