Michael Jordan

From one GOAT to another: "Greatest comeback I've ever seen"

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From one GOAT to another: "Greatest comeback I've ever seen"

 

Michael Jordan is no stranger to amazing comebacks.

The man widely agreed upon to be the greatest player of all time, won six NBA Championships, with three of them coming after a full season sabbatical in which he played minor league baseball with the White Sox affiliate. And of course, MJ had his even later comeback with the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, in which the year 40-year old Jordan averaged 21.2 PPG over two seasons to close out his career.

That is why Jordan’s effusive praise of Tiger Woods’ 2019 Masters victory should not be taken lightly in the greater context of sports history.

In an article written by The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Jordan talks about how he holds Woods’ 2019 Masters win in extremely high regard, calling it “the greatest comeback I've ever seen."

Jordan, a famously avid golfer himself and a friend of Woods, stated, “I’ve been a fan for I don’t know how long.....I never thought he’d get back physically.....He didn’t think he’d get back physically.”

Major success had escaped Woods--who only had one victory in 2018--due to a litany of back injuries and subsequent surgeries.

With Woods having a major victory under his belt for the 2019 season, he certainly has momentum rolling in his favor. That momentum could carry Woods to another major run of PGA Tour success, and MJ agreed that Woods’ belief in himself was perhaps the biggest factor in his 2019 Masters win.

“No one expected him to be back the way he is now. He's probably the only person who believed he could get back.”

Michael Jordan's competitive streak on display in baseball retrospective

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Michael Jordan's competitive streak on display in baseball retrospective

It’s been 25 years since Michael Jordan stepped away from basketball and played minor league baseball.

Steve Wolf wrote a detailed retrospective for ESPN and it featured some classic MJ stories. From teammates, coaches and broadcasters, they all had good things to say about Jordan’s work ethic in his one season with the Birmingham Barons.

However, the fun stuff is in Jordan’s competitive streak. For one, Terry Francona, who was the Barons’ manager that season, told a story about Jordan doubling and then stealing third up with the Barons up 11-0.

“I'm pantomiming an apology to Pat Kelly, the other manager, and he's laughing,” Francona said. “After Michael comes in, 'I'm like, 'What are trying to do, get us killed?' And he says, 'Well, in the NBA, when you're up by 20, you try to go up by 30.'”

There’s also a story about Jordan playing 4-on-4 basketball at a park in Birmingham following a road trip. Jordan played with Francona and two other coaches against four of the better basketball players on the Barons, including a couple that played college basketball at small schools.

The game was ones and twos, first to 16, and Jordan took over exactly when he needed to.

“You could tell Michael was holding back,” Scott Tedder, one of the players going against MJ, said. “When we get up 15-11 -- one more basket to win -- Michael says to me, kind of matter-of-fact, 'Kid, you're not going to score any more.' The next thing we know, we've lost, 17-15, and the coaches are celebrating."

Wolf’s story has plenty of nuggets from MJ’s year in the Southern League. From how he upgraded the team’s bus (and autographed it) to how his coaches all believed he was going to turn into a major leaguer with another year or two of work.

 

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North Carolina judge to deny Daniel Green new trial in James Jordan murder case

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North Carolina judge to deny Daniel Green new trial in James Jordan murder case

According to court  report from ESPN, a North Carolina judge informed lawyers on Wednesday that he plans to deny a motion filed by Daniel Green, one of two men charged in the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James.


According to a filing in the case, Green’s lawyer wanted Judge Winston Gilchrist to grant Green an evidentiary hearing. That hearing would have provided the chance for co-defendant Larry Demery to re-issue his testimony from 1993.

Green’s lawyer (Chris Mumma) has an affidavit that accompanied her motion that stated that Demery (the co-defendant) felt “coached by law enforcement to testify falsely against Mr. Green.”

Mumma stated that the case was heavily dependent on the testimony of Demery, who she believes was willing to lie in order to try to secure a shorter sentence. On top of that, Mumma argues that ballistics evidence and alibi witnesses were not explored in a proper manner.

Throughout all of this, Green maintains that he did help move the body of James Jordan, but had nothing to do with his murder. Prosecutors disagree, and state that Jordan’s murder was a part of a group of crimes committed by Green and Demery.

Demery and Green are both currently serving life sentences.