All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Hall accepts role as Miller runs to title game

first_imgBut then the Wells sisters arrived. Junior Lola Wells transferred in from Jurupa Valley and her little sister Chloe, a freshman, enrolled at Miller as well. The Wells sisters are oozing with speed and talent, seemingly challenging Hall’s hold on the Rebels. No problem. Hall dribbled and shot a little less and passed a lot more, like in Tuesday night’s 61-48 playoff win at Fontana High School against Etiwanda. The victory has catapulted the Rebels into the CIF-Southern Section title game on either Friday or Saturday against Norco at The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. Although Hall played her newly adopted team game in the first three quarters Tuesday night, she turned it on offensively in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of her 15 points. “I knew I had to step it up,” she said. “I wasn’t contributing very much until then. Everybody else was playing well, but it was time for me to pick up my game.” With her team ahead 40-34, Hall drained a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the circle, putting her team ahead by nine. FONTANA – Briana Hall checked her ego at the door this season. By the end of last season, it seemed Hall would be the unchallenged star and leader of the Miller girls basketball team in 2006-2007. center_img “That 3-pointer got me going,” Hall said. Miller coach Mel Wilkins had nothing but praise for Hall. “Everyone knows this is her team,” he said. “But she’s had to make a lot of sacrifices this year with the new girls coming in. But when it’s crunch time, we know who to go to.” At 5:13, Etiwanda forward Lyneeka Boyd muscled for a short bank shot to pull the Eagles within six points. Miller missed a shot at the other end and Etiwanda grabbed the rebound, but immediately threw the ball away. Then the omnipresent Hall made another field goal and the Rebels (29-2) zoomed away again to win their 19th consecutive game and earn the program’s first berth in a section title game. It was a disappointing loss for Etiwanda (24-6), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped. In the end, too many missed Eagle free throws and layups, as well as mistakes against the Rebels’ pressure defense did in Etiwanda. “They have four absolutely tremendous guards,” Etiwanda coach Robert Siler said. “We did the best we could, but we’d get close and then they’d hit a 3. “We tried to keep the game at our pace and thought that if we could keep it in the high 40s or low 50s we’d have a chance, but every once in a while we’d start playing their game and throw it away.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more