Tag Archives: Michael Jordan

Bill Simmons and Antoine Walker obviously listen to the Poor Scholars Podcast

BY PAT FLYNN

Scott and I have already captured the hearts and minds of America via our podcasts. It was merely confirmed this week as Bill Simmons hosted a number of former and current NBA stars on his Grantland Podcast from Houston, Texas.

Simmons sat down with Antoine Walker and they spoke about the secret workouts leading up to Michael Jordan’s comeback to the Wizards. Scott and I touched on this in our podcast on Friday, saying how arranging these workouts with present-day NBA stars would be impossible to do in secrecy like he did.

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The 5 Best NBA Player/Actors

michael-jordan-in-space-jam-1996BY BRIAN GODAR

In honor of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday and Space Jam’s 12-year theatrical release anniversary last week, I look back at some of the NBA’s most transcendent stars; players going beyond athletics and taking on the mantle of actors. Most of the time, the movies are bad or gimmicky, or the players discover that their acting talents don’t run nearly as deep as their athletic prowess. Luckily, this almost never has any effect on how entertaining the movie itself is, and it can actually make a movie better when an athlete-actor is bad. Sometimes the role in question requires someone to ham up the acting, and rather than embarrass a real actor, you can hire an athlete who is doing this for fun and will actually make the role better.

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Happy 50th, MJ

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BY SCOTT PHILLIPS and ELI KABERON

Happy 50th birthday, Michael Jordan! Poor Scholars has spent the week celebrating the birth of ‘His Airness’ and staff members Eli Kaberon and Scott Phillips exchanged emails about Jordan and his legacy.  Continue reading

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An open letter to Mike

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BY DANNY HAZAN

Being born in the early 1980s in the suburbs of Chicago, naturally, I had no choice as to whether Michael Jordan would have an impact on my life.

I look at pictures from when I was two and three years old and I was in MJ shoes and t-shirts. Obviously I could have been wearing anything, as I was still at the age where my parents dressed me, but I was exposed to him and basketball before I could choose to be nonetheless.

I’ll leave it a psychoanalyst to decide whether I was drawn to hoops because of that imprint or because I liked the sport but, regardless, basketball was my first love as a sport starting around the age of four.  By the time I was in kindergarten and elementary school, my room was decorated with MJ posters. I envisioned myself as him dunking on the Fisher Price hoop set up in my basement.

But when I was in second or third grade (‘91 or ‘92) something major happened.

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Top Ten Michael Jordan Commercials

Jordan-SPikeBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

For someone growing up in Chicago during the Jordan era Bulls, it’s almost hard to fathom that Michael Jordan will turn 50 this Sunday.  It’s almost sad when you think about it really. There is an entire generation of kids growing up who will never fully appreciate His Airness and who never got to see his championship runs with the Bulls. Some of them will never truly appreciate his greatness and will be confined to watching YouTube highlight clips of the greatest basketball player to ever live.

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Instagram Weekly Top Ten: #MichaelJordan

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BY MAX ROBSON

Hopefully, by now, you know that the great Michael Jordan will be celebrating his 50th birthday this weekend. I consider it an honor to share a birthday week with the NBA legend (yes, today is my birthday) and I promise to rage like I’m a six-time NBA champion; five-time MVP; 10-time All-NBA First Team; All-NBA Second Team; Defensive Player of the Year; nine-time All-Defensive First Team; Rookie of the Year; 14-time All-Star; three-time All-Star MVP and finally, a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Continue reading

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