You know the memorabilia market for an athlete is out of control when…
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to bid on owning an expired Michael Jordan American Express card. To be fair, the card does have his signature on the back, which increases it’s value. Why did Jordan sign the card? In case someone stole the card and then tried to pretend they were Michael Jordan when buying an off-the-rack suit at Macy’s? I don’t see how that plan could backfire.
The card will be put up for auction by Goldin Auctions (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie) and the starting bid is $1,000. But you can expect to pay a whole lot more than that if you want to own a piece of plastic with Michael Jordan’s name on it.
My question — how does Jordan only have a standard green AMEX card, the same as you or I? He should have the American Express Centurion Card — the legendary “black card” — that is the status symbol card for people where money is no object. The card you can buy an Aston Martin with. You’re telling my MJ just has the same card you and I can get, not the high roller one? Sure he does.
But you can get Jordan’s old AMEX. Of more interest might be the game-worn Jordan jersey from the ’95-96 Bulls season (the 72 win season). And if you win the bidding for that, put it on your American Express.
Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.
The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.
Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.
Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.
It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:
it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.
That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.
Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.
Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.
I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.
This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.