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Sports Uncovered: That time Michael Jordan dominated a Warriors practice... in Warriors gear

Sports Uncovered: That time Michael Jordan dominated a Warriors practice... in Warriors gear

NBC Sports has a new documentary podcast series called 'Sports Uncovered' and the first episode, which was released today, brought us an almost hard to believe story about Michael Jordan in 1994. The reason why it is difficult to imagine is because there is absolutely no way it could happen today with a contemporary NBA star.

Basically, back during Jordan's first retirement from the NBA, he talked his way into practicing with the Golden State Warriors. He wore Warriors gear and everything.

The story was recalled by many who were involved like former Warriors stars Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin, as well as then-Warriors assistant Rod Higgins. Jordan was in California on vacation when he called Higgins the morning before a practice and asked if he could play.

Higgins said "I don't think so" before calling head coach Don Nelson. Surprisingly, Nelson loved the idea. So, Jordan arrived, suited up and then went to work.

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He actually practiced with the Warriors for several days and, as he did, everyone realized what he was really there for. He wanted to size up Hardaway and Latrell Sprewell, two of the NBA's best young players at the time, before he made his return to the Bulls.

"What I remember is him walking on the floor having not played [in the NBA in a while], having probably played 36 holes of golf the day before and just dominated," Mullin said. "He wanted to go up against the best young player that thought he was better than him. And he put that to rest that day, for sure."

"Once Michael warmed up, you could tell his objective was to kick Spree and Tim's behind and talk trash to them," Higgins said. "I think it showed Latrell what greatness is."

Keep in mind Jordan was retired and out of basketball shape. Meanwhile, the Warriors were in midseason form. And yet, still Jordan was better.

The first episode of 'Sports Uncovered,' entitled 'I'm Back,' chronicles Jordan's return to the NBA after his first retirement. You can listen to the full podcast right here:

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Bradley Beal does not think 2020 NBA champion should have asterisk

Bradley Beal does not think 2020 NBA champion should have asterisk

No matter which team wins the NBA title this year, even if it is a team many expected to like the Lakers or Bucks, it is going to feel different. The cornavirus pandemic led to widespread changes to the process of crowning a champ from a shortened regular season, to an adjusted playoff format to a Disney World bubble that will remove home court advantage from the postseason.

Though all the teams are playing by the same rules, some have argued the champion will not be legitimate in the context of NBA history. Shaquille O'Neal is among the most prominent voices to say the NBA title will carry with it an asterisk.

Current NBA players, though, seem to feel differently and you can count Wizards guard Bradley Beal in that group.

"It's kind of like a whole new ballgame. It's almost like anybody can win," Beal said. "I think that's why a lot of people are like 'it's gotta be an asterisk next to whoever wins.' But I think it just makes it that much tougher."

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Beal elaborated to say that the time off - roughly 4 1/2 months between games - will put every team in the same spot health-wise. The injuries that would have otherwise affected outcomes towards the end of the regular season and the originally scheduled playoffs have healed.

"I think it makes it an even playing field in a way. It gets guys back healthy for teams who didn't have that during the year. It gives guys times to really rest and get ready to jump back into it," Beal said.

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Beal also pointed to the hot and cold streaks teams and players were on. The way everyone was playing in March now doesn't apply, again starting everyone back at the same spot.

The asterisk debate may continue to gain steam in the coming months as the NBA attempts to complete their season amid the pandemic. But don't expect it to carry on forever. The figurative asterisk usually only sticks to the teams that cheat.

People said the 1999 Spurs would have an asterisk because they won during a lockout year, but you rarely hear anyone mention that now when discussing Tim Duncan's legacy. It seems more likely than not that Beal's opinion will prevail over time.

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Which NBA players are sitting out NBA restart at Disney World?

Which NBA players are sitting out NBA restart at Disney World?

Between concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida, upcoming free agency, inherent injury risks with playing after a four-month layoff and the issues Kyrie Irving has raised regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, it's understandable that some players may opt to sit out the unprecedented restart at Disney World. 

Players have until June 24 to notify their team that they aren't playing and we've already seen a few players opting to sit out. Here's a running list of NBA players who are reportedly not planning to play in Orlando later this summer.

DeAndre Jordan, Brookly Nets: Jordan announced himself that he tested positive for COVID-19 and because of it will be foregoing the restart in Orlando. 

Wilson Chandler, Brooklyn Nets: Siting the health and well-being of his family, Chandler informed the Nets he would not be participating in the season's restart, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews

Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks: According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Mavs' center is expecting the birth of his child in July, so he will not be going to Orlando.

Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Lakers: Bradley elected not to play in Orlando due to his six-year-old son's past struggles with respiratory illnesses. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, it was unlikely Bradley would've been medically cleared to enter the bubble with his family.  

DeMarcus Cousins, FA: Despite interest from multiple teams, Cousins reportedly plans to sit out the restart to continue his rehab from a torn ACL.

Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers: Ariza is reportedly involved in a custody case for his 12-year-old son. He decided not to participate in the NBA restart in order to be with his son during a one-month visitation period that coincided with the season schedule.

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards: Bertans opted not to play in Florida to prevent injury before he hits free agency. Bertans is in line for a big contract and has torn his ACL twice in the past. 

John Wall, Washington Wizards: Some hoped the season's delay would mean Wall could return to the floor for a playoff run alongside Bradley Beal. Even though Wall has said he's 110% healthy, he remains focused on returning next season. 

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: Similar to Wall, Durant was expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury and will not return despite being afforded extra time to recover. 

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets: Irving has stated he's against playing in Orlando amid the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, but he's also still recovering from a shoulder injury and is not expected to play. 

Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz: Bogdanovic underwent season-ending wrist surgery in May and will not play in Orlando, according to ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs: Aldridge will miss out on the season restart as well thanks to season-ending shoulder surgery, per ESPN.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns: Oubre suffered a meniscus injury in March and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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