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Michael Jordan inducted in North Carolina HOF

Michael Jordan inducted in North Carolina HOF

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
9:10 PM
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It took a while, but Michael Jordan is finally a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

The Wilmington native and former University of North Carolina star who went on to become a six-time NBA champion and the Charlotte Bobcats' owner was inducted Tuesday at halftime of his team's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Jordan, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was elected to his home state's hall in 1993. But he never got around to attending an induction ceremony in Raleigh. So the hall came to him.

Jordan came onto the court after a video tribute with retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith. It was a rare public appearance for Smith after it was announced earlier this year he's experiencing memory loss.

In brief remarks, Jordan said it's "truly a pleasure" to join the 274-member hall. Many members, including former North Carolina State star basketball player David Thompson and Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford attended the ceremony.

"Every time I put on that uniform, North Carolina, Chicago, even Washington, I knew I represented my state, the people of North Carolina," Jordan said to a cheering crowd. "Thank you, Charlotte. Thank you, North Carolina."

A late bloomer in high school, Jordan quickly made his mark at North Carolina, hitting the game-winning shot in the national championship game as a freshman in 1982. He then went on to a spectacular pro career with the Chicago Bulls. He bought the Bobcats earlier this year.

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Bulls interested in Jahlil Okafor?

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Bulls interested in Jahlil Okafor?

A report via Sporting News writer Sean Deveney surfaced early on Tuesday morning, stating that the Bulls possibly have interest in free agent big man Jahlil Okafor. 

Deveny stated:

According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall.

The Pacers were listed along with the Bulls as teams that could be looking at Okafor, though neither team was at his summer workouts in Las Vegas.

From a public relations standpoint, the Bulls could sell the idea of having a roster with multiple IHSA champions. It would be a feel-good story, with Okafor and Parker joining a young and developing core. But from an on-court perspective, the move makes little sense.

Chicago has a clogged frontcourt rotation that includes Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio and No. 7 overall pick Wendell Carter Jr. And while Parker is likely going to play the majority of his minutes on the wing, he will see time at the four and possibly five as well in spot minutes. Okafor has proven to be a capable low-post scorer and little else at this stage in his career.

Okafor has averaged 12.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, but has only played 131 games over three seasons. He struggled to get minutes last year with the Sixers or the Brooklyn Nets (12.6 minutes per game in 2017-18). His continued poor defense and lack of rebounding prowess were the main reasons why.

He had a 59.3 true shooting percentage in his 26 games with the Nets, as well as 18.2 points per 36 minutes. But his defensive rating of 110 points given up per 100 possessions would do little to help a Bulls team that currently lacks established defensive centers sans Lopez. Even on a minimum contract, an Okafor signing would likely signal a forthcoming trade from the Bulls. In today’s NBA, having four centers on your roster would be ridiculous, no matter how good the narrative is. 
 

Antoine Griezmann professes his love for Derrick Rose after winning World Cup

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Antoine Griezmann professes his love for Derrick Rose after winning World Cup

Antoine Griezmann, you just won the World Cup, what are you going to do next?

Apparently, profess his love for Derrick Rose.

In the celebrations of France winning the World Cup on Sunday, French forward Griezmann spotted his teammate Paul Pogba getting interviewed by FOX Sports. Recognizing this was the American audience, Griezmann took the mic from FOX's Jenny Taft and had one thing to say:

"I love Derrick Rose."

Griezmann, who scored a goal in France's 4-2 win against Croatia in the final, is a big NBA fan. He has been spotted at multiple games over the years, including Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavs.

This also isn't the first time he has made a comment about D-Rose. He recently signed a contract extension with his club team, Atletico Madrid, but a year ago said the only way he would leave was to play with Rose.

"I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose," Griezmann said through translation.

In 2015 he posted an image of himself in a Derrick Rose Bulls jersey to his Instagram.

Later that year he took in a Bulls game and got a photo with Joakim Noah.

Maybe when the 27-year-old is ready to leave Europe, he will join a Major League Soccer team just so he can watch more NBA games.

UPDATE: Rose tweeted congratulations to Griezmann.