A reporter asked Jackson if he could play any NBA legend in 1-on-1, to which Jackson thought about it for a second, then said Michael Jordan. When asked if he thought he would win, Jackson said yeah. Because Jordan is old.
Here is the thing. He’s not wrong! Michael Jordan is old. And Jackson is 19 and 6’11” and is an active professional athlete. I’m not saying Jordan doesn’t score on him a few times, but I am going to take the 19-year-old NBA player over the 55-year-old NBA executive.
What makes me the happiest about this quote, though, is that I know Jordan is seething about it. Dude is trying to organize a 1-on-1 game right now. When they’re done with basketball, they’ll play golf. Then after that, poker. Jordan doesn’t take kindly to slights.
Larry Bird is one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. He is also one of the greatest trash talkers ever.
And he also liked to have a lot of fun in the process.
Like the time 33 years ago today when playing the Trail Blazers in Portland he told the media that he was going to score most of his points that night with his left hand, his off hand, because he wanted to save his right hand for the Los Angeles Lakers, who the Celtics faced next on the road trip in 1986.
He ended up scoring 47 points and had a triple double against Portland.
Two nights before a matchup with the rival Los Angeles Lakers, Bird decided to play with his off, left hand for the majority of the game against the Blazers. His reason why? “I’m saving my right hand for the Lakers.”
Bird scored 10 of his 21 field goals against Portland with his left hand, and finished the game with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. The Celtics won the game 120–119 in overtime.
Two nights later, Bird finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in the Celtics’ 105-99 win over the Lakers in L.A.
Imagine if this happened today?
How awesome was that?
Bird would go on to lead the Celtics to their 16th NBA title later that year.
With the All-Star Weekend about to begin, here’s a look back at the time he won the 3-point contest by hitting the money ball with his last shot and walking off with his finger in the air before it went in:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the “smart jersey of the future.”
Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Currymodel to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the name on the jersey those fans wear to games.
Silver’s address opened the summit, a platform for discussions about basketball’s future and the role of evolving technology.
The tech summit is in 20th year and draws hundreds of top league executives. Panels are scheduled on sports betting, disruptive technology, the relationship between athletes and technology, and ways to attract fans of the so-called Gen Z — the 2.5 billion people worldwide born between 1997 and 2010.
Adam Silver unveiled the NBA’s jersey of the future and fans had all the jokes
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As sports fans, we’ve all had the same debate: Do you buy the jersey, shirt, shirsey, etc of your favorite player on the team you root for, in order to show your love and appreciation for said star, or do you avoid the risk of that player being traded or leaving in free agency, rendering your apparel a “throwback” someday?
The NBA is out to solve that problem. As the All-Star break began, Adam Silver showed off future technology that fans could use someday: A jersey in which you can easily switch out the name and number on the back.
It looks REALLY cool:
While it was pretty sweet to watch, NBA die-hards made a lot of jokes that were also very funny:
NEW ORLEANS — An MRI on Pelicans star Anthony Davis‘ left shoulder Thursday night revealed a muscle contusion but “nothing too bad,” a source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Davis was injured in the final second of the first half during Thursday’s 131-122 win over the Thunder, when he crashed into Oklahoma City’s Nerlens Noel, committing a foul while trying to block Noel’s shot. Davis did not return to the bench after halftime and left Smoothie King Center with agent Rich Paul during the game to get an MRI.
A source told Shelburne that Davis will head to Charlotte, North Carolina — site of Sunday’s All-Star Game — and get treatment on the shoulder over the next few days. Davis will see how he feels before deciding whether he can play Sunday.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who informed reporters after Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Orlando Magic that he was done discussing the drama resulting from Davis’ trade request, praised his players for pulling out the win amid a tumultuous past couple of weeks.
“I’m happy for all of them,” Gentry said after the Pelicans handed the Thunder only their second loss during Russell Westbrook‘s record streak of 11 consecutive triple-doubles. “Because to tell you the truth, this whole thing has been a dumpster fire. … We want guys to be professional and we want them to do this, but it’s hard for guys to go through what they’ve been through. And to be able to come out and beat a team of that quality, I’m happy for all the guys. I just thought they did a great job.”
Asked if it bothered him that Davis left the building, Gentry repeated that he was “happy for the guys that played the game and we won.”
“I’m gonna talk about the guys that play,” Gentry said. “They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”
Davis finished with 14 points and four rebounds Thursday. He was coming off a three-point, six-rebound performance in a home blowout loss to the Orlando Magic.
Pelicans forward/center Julius Randle helped fill the void left by Davis’ absence, finishing with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jrue Holiday had 32 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and played a prominent role in holding Thunder star Paul George to 11-of-29 shooting.
“What really fueled us was knowing that we were going into the break and not having a game like last game,” said Holiday, who wasn’t aware of Davis’ injury until seconds before the third quarter started. “[We didn’t want that] feeling like we were showing the fans that we’re not here to play and do our jobs.”