When Michael Jordan retired in 1999, he reportedly resented Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf for not giving him an ownership stake and front-office control. Jordan also disliked Reinsdorf pressuring him to sit out games after a a 1985 injury.
Consider that when reading about Reinsdorf being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, when Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen introduced him.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Reinsdorf:
He asked Michael Jordan to be there but the Hornets’ owner had a previous commitment. The Bulls Hall of Famer wrote a letter to Hall officials endorsing Reinsdorf’s candidacy.
“It’s very cordial, a good relationship,” Reinsdorf said of his longtime star. “It never has been a strained relationship.”
Never? I wonder how Jordan would describe that.
Jordan has expressed positive thoughts about Reinsdorf, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he put those in a letter. But Jordan is also known to hold a grudge.
Stephen Curry and Barack Obama are frequent golf partners, Curry said the president even talks trash during their rounds together.
Appearing with First Lady Michelle Obama on Ellen, Curry:
During his speeches, he has that slow cadence that kind of draws you in. He brings that same kind of vibe to his trash talk. So, I’ll hit a shot. It’ll bounce. And he’ll look like, “Yeah, that’s not a good shot. I’m going to need you to do better next time.” So, it gets in under your skin, too, because, “I know. I hit out of bounds.”
You should trash-talk back, Steph.
Talk about his ears.
As you’re putting, you want to say, “The shadow from your ears is really messing up my putt.”
I doubt Curry has the nerve to say that, but considering he does things like this, I can’t rule it out.
Karl-Anthony Towns is on track to become the Timberwolves’ best players since prime Kevin Garnett (an reasonably high bar set by Kevin Love).
First, Towns is following Garnett’s sweet 1999 Slam cover:
Now, we need Towns and Andrew Wiggins to create this (and hope it goes better than this).
The Suns have a promising stock of big men: rookies Dragan Bender (No. 4 pick) and Marquese Chriss (No. 8 pick) and Alex Len, who was the No. 5 pick three years ago.
That trio just gained an excellent tutor.
The Phoenix Suns announced on Tuesday the team has added Mehmet Okur as player development coach and Jason Hervey as advance scout.
Okur, a 2007 NBA All-Star, will specialize in the skills development of the Suns’ post players.
Okur played with Suns coach Earl Watson in Utah, where Okur had been working as a Jazz ambassador following his retirement.
Well-liked, Okur set himself up for post-playing opportunities. His offensive proficiency – including outside shooting and ball-handling impressive for his 6-foot-11 frame – could help him succeed in this role.
Kevin Durant was among the Washington-area Olympians honored at last night’s Redskins game.
But not everyone in the crowd – sure to contain Wizards fans – was inclined to cheer Durant. Some even went to the other extreme.
JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic:
Wizards fans preemptively booed Durant in Washington before he signed with the Wizards. Seeing Durant actually spurn his hometown team didn’t soothe any hurt feelings.
Maybe a few boos were always inevitable in a large crowd. But it’s still surprising to hear anyone so aggrieved that they’ll boo Durant while he’s be celebrated for winning a gold medal for the USA.
Perhaps, Durant knew something when he sulked inside for two days after choosing Golden State.