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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Former player Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls smiles as he is introduced to  the crowd during a 20th anniversary recognition ceremony of the Bulls 1st NBA Championship in 1991 during half-time of a game bewteen the Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jerry Reinsdorf wanted Michael Jordan at Hall of Fame induction, settled for Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen


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.

Michelle Obama tells Stephen Curry to trash talk President Barack Obama when golfing: ‘Talk about his ears’ (video)

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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.”

Michelle Obama:

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 recreates iconic Kevin Garnett Slam cover (photo)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves blocks a shot by Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers as Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers look on during the fourth quarter of the home opening game on November 2, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trail Blazers defeated the Timberwolves 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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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).

Suns hire Mehmet Okur to develop skills of big men

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 13:  Mehmet Okur #13 of the New Jersey Nets puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 13, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 110-103.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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.

Suns release:

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 booed by some at Redskins game (video)

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Gold medalist basketball player Kevin Durant of the United States acknowledges the crowd during a game between Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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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.