Michael Jordan: I Can No Longer Stay Silent

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Too little, too late?

MJ speaks to the Undefeated about the spate of shootings of black men and police officers. His full statement below:

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

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[video] Why Air Jordans Aren’t Selling Out Anymore

Has the sneaker bubble finally burst ?

If you’ve been sneaker shopping in the past few months, you may have noticed something out of the ordinary: Air Jordan Retros are sitting in stores.

This may seem like a normal thing for the casual footwear consumer, but it’s odd for any sneaker with a Jumpman logo on it. In the past, nearly every re-released Air Jordan has been met with people lining up outside of stores and mass fanfare on Saturday mornings when Nike officially sells the product online. But that’s been dying down and at an alarming rate.

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Michael Jordan Slams Donald Sterling

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After being pretty much a nonexistent voice concerning issues in Black America, Michael Jordan finally comes out and makes a bold statement against Donald Sterling.

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“I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed…. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”

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[video] Cheapest Man on Earth Michael Jordan, Nike and Tinker Hatfield introduce XX9

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The cheapest man on earth (according to Charles Barkely) Michael Jordan, who sits atop the sneaker world along with Nike designer Tinker Hatfield announce XX9. These drop in the fall.

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According to Nike, the latest design is the first of its kind. The Air Jordan XX9 features “an evolved Flight Plate coupled with the first-ever performance-woven upper.” The upper “provides structure, support, interior comfort and exterior abrasion resistance.”

What does that mean? The shoes were designed to fit each foot for maximum comfort.

Hit the jump for promo shots and a video by Tinker explaining why they think this new shoe is revolutionary in the sneaker biz.

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[video] MICHAEL JORDAN felt NBA PLAYERS were OVERPAID in 2005 (60 Minutes)

With various NBA players expressing their distaste for Michael Jordan’s hardline stance in the lockout negotiations, here is a CBS interview with Ed Bradley(60 minutes) where Michael states that he thought today’s players were overpaid. This obviously shows that he has been consistent with his views long before becoming a majority owner.

To hear his thoughts on today’s player salaries skip to 13:20.

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[video] Michael Jordan speaks on Lebron James, Free Agency, and Salaries in the NBA

Funny thing is how Michael is talking like he did not become worth $400 million dollars during his tenure as a player with huge contracts and endorsements just like James, Wade, and Bosh.Time also for Charles Barkley to shut up because he is probably jealous of the fact that Lebron put himself in a position to win. Everyone who says he should of stayed with an inferior team is absolutely crazy.

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Jordan Pro Strong Retro

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Arguably one of the brand’s most successful team models, the Pro Strong sees a retro release this year as Jordan Brand previews a selection of colorways for Summer as well as Fall/Winter. Long known as the signature design for former NBA star Vin Baker, the kicks take on a bulky look, built for the premier power player in the late 90s.

For more colorways please go here…

[pics] Air Jordan 2010

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AThe Air Jordan 2010 was officially introduced to the world in Miami yesterday by Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade, and Streetlevel was there to get these exclusive shots. The initial thought behind the shoe was “you only see what we want you to see,” which led to the clear TPU panels on the sides. There’s lots more to come, but for now just check out all the images. (They took us all out on Biscayne Bay on the yacht before the shoe intro, and — once we saw the shoe — all of a sudden the portholes made a lot of sense.) Look for the Air Jordan 2010 to drop in February for $170.


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Air Jordan Touches Down in Hall of Fame

Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan applauds his 2009 classmates before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., today. (AP Photo)

Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan applauds his 2009 classmates before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., today. (AP Photo)

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(AP Summary) – Michael Jordan, maybe the greatest of them all, is taking his place alongside basketball’s other greats. Jordan was being enshrined in the Hall of Fame tonight, an honor that follows all the championship rings and MVP trophies he collected during his career. He joins David Robinson and John Stockton, a pair of his 1992 Dream Team teammates, and coaches Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer in a distinguished class.

“It all started with that little round ball. I think if you take that away from any of us, I’m pretty sure we would have struggled in life, because that’s how much the game meant to us,” Jordan said. The enshrinement ceremony took place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall, because Jordan was too big for the Hall of Fame. The move to the other building allowed for a crowd of about 2,600, more than double what the Hall can accommodate.

Air Jordan Force 4 (IV) Black/Red

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While the original and retro Air Jordan 4 (IV) in the iconic black/red colorway are mostly long gone (albeit seeing a retro via Countdown Pack), Jordan Brand brings back the classic colorway in Force form as we see a continuation of the Air Jordan Force hybrid. Keeping many of the originals iconic elements intact, the shoes include a visible Air unit through the midsole as well. Available now at select Air Jordan dealers including Millennium Shoes.

[video] ESPN: The Competitive Drive of MJ

With all of these introspective looks into our iconic greats, past & present (MJ, Tyson & Lebron) I’m hoping that upcoming athletes, rappers, professionals and students are taking note. These men are testaments to hard work, perseverance and determination. Now they are offering up the keys to their success.

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Air Jordan VI (6) Motorsport Edition Exclusive Sneakers

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To commemorate the Jordan Motorsport Race Team the Jordan brand has released a very special sneaker that has been issued to Aaron Yates and the rest of the Jordan motorsport team. Jordan Brand has derived a passion for road sports and have developed products that have helped promote their efforts in developing a motor sport team.

The Air Jordan VI is one of the most famed and legendary Jordan Brand drops of all time, and each new colorway is greeted by the sneaker community with no small amount of fanfare. In a similar vein, the colorways of Air Jordans put out by Michael Jordan Motorsports each year are anticipated with a similar amount of reverence, and this latest drop of Air Jordan VI’s celebrating the sixth year of Jordan Motorsports looks to do both legacies justice.

In the past, Motorsports edition Air Jordans have been some of the hardest kicks out there to obtain, and these VI’s are just as limitednikejordan6motorsport04

MJ’s heir apparent leads prep team to state title

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PEORIA, Ill. – Michael Jordan celebrated another Chicago basketball championship — his son’s.

Marcus Jordan, son of the Bulls’ six-time champion, scored a game-high 19 points to lead Chicago Whitney Young to a 69-66 victory over Waukegan in the Illinois Class 4A championship Saturday.

As Marcus Jordan and his teammates celebrated on the court after the final buzzer, Michael Jordan stood quietly, clapping his hands with tears in his eyes.

“Crying?” the NBA great said in response to a reporter’s question. “I’m not crying. Not for me, anyway.”

The younger Jordan was key down the stretch after two teammates fouled out, hitting four of four free throws in the final 3 minutes to seal the victory.

“Awesome,” Marcus Jordan said. “Just awesome.”

Michael Jordan, part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, skipped his team’s home loss to Indiana so he could attend his son’s game. Another son, Jeff Jordan, plays basketball for the University of Illinois.

Michael Jordan’s Sister Accuses Father of Rape

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Michael Jordan’s sister, Deloris Jordan is accusing their father, James Jordan of rape in a new memoir.

Here are some excerpt’s from Deloris Jordan’s book, “In my Family’s Shadow,” according to the panachereport.com.

“Ending eight years after it first began and five years after losing my virginity to my father, it scares me to think how much longer the abuse would have went on had I not spit out the dreadful truth to my mother during one of our many heated disagreements. Disagreements that were sometimes anything but pleasant and often featured no indication of love between the two of us.

So as she ranted and raved about how no slutty daughter of hers better get pregnant and bring any bastard children into her house. I finally heard myself saying: “If I am so much of a slut, why don’t you keep your husband out of my bed?”

When I finally found the courage to let my father’s deeds tumble from my lips, I did not know what to expect, but I never in a million years would have guessed that my mother would turn on me. Her words of betrayals did far more damage to me than my father’s deeds. They spoke volumes to the fact that she really did not care about me, which my father obviously knew. It is because she was so expressive with her dislike for me that probably made my father know he could get away with violating me.

My father confessed his actions on the same day that I disclosed them to my mother. And on that frightful day of admission, I watched my mother, looking for a sign, any sign that she cared about me.

The memory of my father whispering in my ear during the wee hours of the night about the beauty of my body has played over and over in my head for many years. And as if that has not been incapacitating enough by itself, having to comprehend the fact that more often than not, he had just gotten out of the bed he shared with my mother to find his way to my bedroom has just added to the realization of the painful situation.”

TMZ Exclusive: Barkley: All I Really Wanted Was Oral Sex

What woman honestly even would sleep with Charles Barkley without some sort of compensation?

This may be the very best police report of 2008. When Charles Barkley was busted in Arizona early this morning for DUI, he told cops he ran a stop sign because he was in a hurry to get some oral sex.

According to the officer who wrote the report, “He told me that he ran the stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up the girl I saw get in the passenger seat.”

The officer continues: “He asked me to admit that she was ‘hot.’ He asked me, ‘You want the truth?’ When I told him I did he said, ‘I was gonna drive around the corner and get a b**w job. He then explained that she had given him a ‘b**w job’ one week earlier and said it was the best one he had ever had in his life.”

The report says when Barkley was taken to the station, he told one of the employees, “I’ll tattoo my name on your ass” if he helped “get him out of the DUI.” According to the report, “He laughed and then quickly corrected himself and said, ‘I’ll tattoo your name on my ass’ and then laughed again.”

The report also says officers “found a handgun in the vehicle” which was immediately impounded. The report doesn’t say if the handgun was legal or not, and the only thing that we know for sure was loaded…

Air Jordan 1 High Strap Collection

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With the slew of re-issued Jordan releases of the past few years, its refreshing to see the Jordan camp stay true in a sense to the originals. Boasting three different colorways, the Jordan 1 High Strap pack features three different color schemes with leather and canvas uppers including the iconic Chicago Bulls black/red joints. The collection is scheduled to release tomorrow November 22nd at Jordan accounts including Proper.