Michael Jordan gets it, donates to middle-school athletic programs in Charlotte

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bobcats_logo.jpgIt was the biggest problem with Bob Johnson, the last Charlotte Bobcat owner — he wasn’t a Charlotte guy. He made some gestures, but he was never really accepted, sort of an out-of-town business owner nobody loved.

That is not Michael Jordan. So far, he has been in with both feet.

He and his Bobcats donated $250,000 to middle school athletic programs in the Charlotte area. The formal announcement is expected Monday.

Charlotte, like a lot of school districts, is having to make difficult cuts right now. They have cut $1.25 million from athletic programs at schools and are charging middle schoolers $50 to play a sport (high schoolers pay $100). This, hopefully helps with that.

This is the kind of goodwill the Bobcats could use more of in the community. Then they could also use some wins, but that’s a different story.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.