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INTERVIEW: Dwyane Wade Speaks About His New Beginning! [KingpinTV.net]

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Three time NBA champion and Miami Legend Dwyane Wade speaks

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Donating $2 Million To Help Address Police-Related Shootings! [KingpinTV.net]

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Bloggers Note: Thank you M.J…..We needed your voice on this one!!!

Current NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are among the many professional athletes who have spoken out about the recent police-related shootings and the importance of social change in America, using their celebrity and the professional sports platform to do so.

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VIDEO: How The G.O.A.T Lives! [KingpinTV.net]

What’s it like being the G.O.A.T? Continue reading

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Is Now A Billionaire! [KingpinTV.net]

You can add another zero to Michael Jordan’s net worth.

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VIDEO: Happy 51st Birthday Michael Jordan! [KingpinTV.net]

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The Legend lives on…Shoutout to mikedamz for putting together this video

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Still Makes Tons Of Money, Here’s How! [KingpinTV.net]

Jordan earned an estimated $80 million last year from corporate partners Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Presbyterian Healthcare and Five Star Fragrances. Other Jordan assets include six restaurants, a North Carolina car dealership, a motorsports team and his 80% stake in the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, is responsible for the vast majority of MJ’s earnings. Jordan partnered with Nike after being drafted by the Bulls out of North Carolina in 1984. The original five-year deal was worth $500,000 annually, plus royalties. The terms of Jordan’s current deal with Nike are a closely guarded secret, but royalties now generate more than $60 million annually for MJ, according to sources.

Nearly 30 years later, the brand is still a marketing juggernaut. It controlled 58% of the U.S. basketball shoe market in 2012, according to research firm SportsOneSource. The Jordan Brand’s parent, Nike, was second with a 34% share, while Adidas (5.5%), Reebok (1.6%) and Under Armour (0.6%) divvied up the leftovers.


 
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UPDATE: Charges Won’t Be Filed Against Scottie Pippen! [KingpinTV.net]

Editors Note: This is an update from this previous post

Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against Scottie Pippen for fighting with an autograph seeker who authorities say was drunk and exaggerated his injuries including faking seizures after claiming the former Chicago Bulls star punched him in the face.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to bring assault charges against Pippen for the altercation with Camran Shafighi at Nobu, a sushi restaurant and celebrity hangout on the beach in Malibu.

Pippen was dining with his family June 24 when he was approached by Shafighi inside the restaurant. Pippen obliged to have a photo taken but not with Shafighi, and then Shafighi followed the retired NBA forward outside into the parking lot. He again asked for a photo and an autograph from Pippen, who said no.

Pippen told investigators Shafighi became irate, “grabbing at him, cursing him and then spit in his face,” according to a report by the district attorney’s office.

Shafighi, 49, said Pippen punched him in the mouth and kicked him several times. The last memory Shafighi had before losing consciousness was seeing Pippen’s foot coming toward his face, the report said.

Pippen admitted spitting at Shafighi and pushing him away, but prosecutors said that based on witness accounts, it was unclear whether Pippen was the aggressor or acted in self-defense.

Shafighi, who has filed a $4 million lawsuit against Pippen, was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion. All tests showed there wasn’t any internal trauma, but Shafighi returned to the hospital later and told doctors he had been diagnosed with fractured ribs and ankle, the report said. The only visible physical injuries were a small bruise on Shafighi’s chin and a cut to his lip.

Shafighi, whose blood sample turned up positive for opiates and a 0.18 percent blood-alcohol level — twice the legal limit for driving — also feigned having seizures, according to the report. The seizures ended when the doctor ordered him to stop them.

The physician who examined Shafighi told investigators he believed Shafighi was “making up stuff,” the report said.

Pippen’s attorney, Mark Geragos, indicated his client will sue.

“This shakedown artist was drunk, screaming racial slurs, and assaulted my client and his family,” Geragos said. “Scottie and his family are grateful to the sheriff for their investigation and DA for their decision to reject these unfounded charges. Scottie and his family plan on holding this man accountable for his outrageous actions.”

Steve Kaplan, a spokesman for Shafighi’s lawyer Lee Boyd, said they were reviewing the report and couldn’t immediately comment.

Pippen, 47, won six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Bulls. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Officially Married! [KingpinTV*net]

Michael Jordan married his girlfriend of five years, Yvette Prieto, Saturday in a jaw-dropping 40,000 square foot tent.

According to local realtors Jeff and Cary Lichtenstein, the couple’s venue was the “largest tent in wedding history,” and is actually 5,000 square feet larger than their home.

The Charlotte Bobcats owner exchanged vows with 35-year-old former model Yvette Prieto on Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla., Jordan’s manager Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press Sunday.

The wedding took place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with nearly 300 guests in attendance, including Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing, Spike Lee and Ahmad Rashad.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., a luxurious private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus. Jordan, 50, owns a home near the course.

There were fireworks at night as part of the celebration.

In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation. The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center.

The six-time NBA champion and Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December.

Prieto wore a French silk voile corseted sheer sheath gown by J’Aton Couture, in an ecru palette with accents of flesh tones, with handmade silk lace created especially for her, and enhanced with Swarovski crystals. The gown featured French seamed crinoline borders, which cascaded into a dramatic cathedral train finished in the lace, with accents of a peacock-feathered design.

The entertainment included DJ MC Lyte, singers K’Jon, Robin Thicke and Grammy-Award winner Usher and The Source, an 18-piece band.

The guests were served an all-white, seven-layer white rum wedding cake that was covered in white fondant and sugar crystals, and adorned with crystal brooches and the couples’ monogram on the top layer.

Jordan and Prieto got engaged in 2011 after dating for three years. Jordan was previously married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006.

(AP, Huffington Post)

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NEWS: Man Sues Derrick Rose For Missing 2012-13 Season! [KingpinTV*net]

A 25 year old Peoria Illinois man filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Bulls Superstar Derrick Rose. Matthew Thompson, a self-described long-time Bulls fan, and electrician claims Rose missing the entire 2012-2013 NBA regular season has caused him to have mental breakdowns and emotional distress, which ultimately led to obesity issues.

The former MVP is still recovering from an ACL surgery which has caused him to miss the entire season, his status for the playoffs as of Thursday is still unknown.

According to reports, Thompson claims Rose displayed negligent behavior by refusing to return to the court, despite having been cleared by team doctors. He blames his health issues on the MVP’s refusal to return.

No word if Peoria County Officials will take this lawsuit seriously.

(Lakernation.com)

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Wedding Invite Includes Vow Of Silence! [KingpinTV*net]

Now that the Pamela Smith suit has been dropped Michael will now marry Yvette Prieto. For those invited to the wedding there is a catch. 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times,  Michael Jordan’s wedding invitation included a request for RSVP — and for silence.The invitation for Jordan and Yvette Prieto’s April 27 black-tie affair in Palm Beach, Fla., instructed guests not to speak to the media, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, or share wedding details with friends and family who might talk. Guests also were asked to shed their cameras and cell phones unless they plan to use them for personal photos.

Jordan filed for a marriage license this month in Florida in preparation for the April wedding to his long-time girlfriend, a Cuban model. The Sun-Times reports a prenuptial agreement was required of Prieto.

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UPDATE: Michael Jordan Files Counter Claim In Paternity Suit! [KingpinTV*net]

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Michael Jordan has asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who says the NBA hall of famer is the father of her 16-year-old son.

Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in the document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s son. Jordan accused her of making false claims against him.

The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats majority owner said the paternity of the teen has already been “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband.

Jordan, 50, released a statement to The Associated Press on Monday through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy saying,

“Public records show that the paternity of the child was established in a prior case in this same court many years ago and that Michael Jordan is not the father. He also filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions for the false claims made against him. It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation.”

Jordan’s response to Smith’s Feb. 6 lawsuit said her suit is a

“shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.”

Smith’s lawsuit requests Jordan take a paternity test and pay child support. She also requested the boy’s last name be changed to Jordan, and for a judge to order the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate.

The lawsuit requests that any hearing or trial be conducted in closed court to protect the teen’s privacy.

However, Smith’s publicist acknowledged that the teen posted a video to YouTube on Dec. 25, saying Jordan is his father and that he wants him to play a larger role in his life.

“Pamela had no choice but to support her son and his desire to forge a relationship with his father,” Smith’s publicist, April Love, said in a statement Friday. “That’s why she is now speaking out and prompting Michael to do the right thing.”

Love said Smith, 48, and Jordan met in Chicago in the late 1980s.

According to court documents, Smith does not have an attorney. A court date is scheduled for March 12.

Hopefully Pamela wasn’t the one who gave him the “Flu” back in 1997 during the NBA finals.

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NEWS: Michael Jordan Hit With Paternity Suit! [KingpinTV*net]

Michael Jordan, one of the most celebrated athletes in sports history has been hit with a paternity suit. According to TMZ, Pamela Smith had a fling with the NBA legend back in 1995 which resulted in the birth of Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds in June 1996 while the Chicago Bulls were putting the finishing touches on the Seattle Sonics in the NBA finals.

In December 2012, Taj posted a video claiming Jordan is his father.

“I have some exclusive, exclusive information I feel like everybody should know. If you’ve been hearing any rumors on Twitter, Instagram, MediaTakeout, any of that…it’s true,” Taj proclaims. I feel like ya’ll should know and I feel like he should be more in my life about it, too.” “I’m his son. I’ve met him.” “I want him to be more in my life.”

Smith charges in the suit, filed on Feb. 6 in Fulton County, Ga, that she wants to retain full custody but also now wants child support as well as medical expenses for her son. Smith is also pushing to make Jordan Taj’s legal last name.

Details to follow

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OPINION: Lebron Is On The Path To Surpass Michael Jordan [KingpinTV*net]

Editor’s note. This is merely opinion and not to be taken too seriously. Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest of all time. Lebron James has reached his peak. These two factors spark debate among basketball purists and fans alike 

With the attenion now surrounding Lebron James after winning his first title and establishing himself as the the most dominate player in the NBA what’s next for the man known as LBJ?

Statistically he has surpassed his supersstar teamate Dwyane Wade. Lebron has also proved more efficient than Kobe Bryant. The next hurdle is to go for the crown: Supassing Michael Jordan.

Michael has been widely regarded as the gold standard to surpass. It is a daunting task when dealing with the spectre of Jordan. There isn’t a need to go over MJ’s accomplishments. They are of legend.

A statistical comparison between Jordan and Lebron show this: We may be looking at the next MJ.

Now right now you might have unfollowed me on twitter or have just started to prepare a hate mail letter about even putting James in the class of Michael but lets examine the most efficient seasons measured by PER in NBA history (Bear in mind PER doesn’t take into account older legends and defensive stoppers)

The Player efficiency rating (PER) is ESPN Insider writer John Hollinger’s all-in-one basketball rating, which attempts to boil down all of a player’s contributions into one number. Using a detailed formula, Hollinger developed a system that rates every player’s statistical performance.

PER strives to measure a player’s per-minute performance, while adjusting for pace. A league-average PER is always 15.00, which permits comparisons of player performance across seasons.

PER takes into account positive accomplishments, such as field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and negative ones, such as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls. The formula adds positive stats and subtracts negative ones through a statistical point value system. The rating for each player is then adjusted to a per-minute basis so that, for example, substitutes can be compared with starters in playing time debates. It is also adjusted for the team’s pace. In the end, one number sums up the players’ statistical accomplishments for that season.

Now like all statistical formulas there is room for error. PER is generally considered one of the best measures of player efficiency. Here is an idea of the numbers:

  • A Year For the Ages: 35.0
  • Runaway MVP Candidate: 30.0
  • Strong MVP Candidate: 27.5
  • Weak MVP Candidate: 25.0
  • Bona fide All-Star: 22.5
  • Borderline All-Star: 20.0
  • Solid 2nd option: 18.0
  • 3rd Banana: 16.5
  • Pretty good player: 15.0
  • In the rotation: 13.0
  • Scrounging for minutes: 11.0
  • Definitely renting: 9.0
  • The Next Stop: DLeague 5.0

Now let’s take a look at the top 5 most efficient seasons in NBA History based on PER:

  1. Wilt Chamberlain:  31.84     1962 – 1963
  2. Wilt Chamberlain:  31.76      1961 – 1962
  3. Michael Jordan:      31.71      1987 – 1988
  4. Lebron James           31.67     2008 – 2009
  5. Wilt Chamberlain:  31.64    1963 – 1964

As you can see Mr Chamberlain is up there as well, but we will discuss him at another time.  Michael and Lebron are numbers 3 and 4

Now, ere are the career PER leaders:

  1. Michael Jordan: 27.91
  2. Lebron James: 27.24
  3. Shaquille O’Neal: 26.43
  4. David Robinson: 26.18
  5. Wilt Chamberlain: 26.13

Lebron and Michael are virtually tied. The difference is Lebron can still change his numbers. Michael can’t

Now just like Lebron’s teammate Dwyane Wade and the rest of the world will say Lebron has a long way to go before surpassing his airness but the numbers PER wise don’t lie. Lebron James is on the path to surpass Michael Jordan

(Statistics from http://www.basketball-reference.com)

 

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OPINION: Karma Has Come Back To Bite Michael Jordan [TekniqueTheKingpin*com]

Karma: Hindu philosophy: The belief that all of your actions will have equal reprecussions, affecting you. In other words “‘what goes around comes around”

Michael Jordan. The man, the myth, the legend. Arguably the greatest to ever play in the NBA (My pops would say otherwise R.I.P) I’m not going to start on or list his accomplishments…..YOU ALREADY KNOW. In fact you are probably wearing his sneakers as you read this.

This post in no way shape or form trying to rip MJ. I’m one of his biggest fans. I’m just saying that no matter who you are karma will always find you.

In the 1995–96 season, the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record by becoming the first team to win 70 regular season games. They finished the season with a record of 72–10 and would go on to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.

In Michael’s  first full season since returning to the NBA, Jordan won his eighth scoring title to break Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven and also came away with a triple crown of awards: the MVP awards for the regular season, All-Star Game and NBA Finals. The Bulls improved 25 games from the previous year’s 47–35 record to their all-time record 72 regular season wins. In addition, they would go on to set another regular season landmark by becoming the fastest team to 41 wins; by going 41–3 before losing their 4th game that year, which was also a record once held by the 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers, who got off to a 39–3 start. They would win 33 road games, setting yet another NBA record. They also had a 39–2 home record, which was one win shy of tying the Boston Celtics for best home record in history. For these reasons, many fans and media members regard the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls to be the greatest NBA team of all time.

Hard to top that right? An 878 winning percentage. That is called being on top of the world.

After MJ’s playing days ended, he dabbled in some business ventures and becoming an executive within the NBA. The latter had mixed results. We all knew MJ was going to the hall of fame. It was only a matter of when. Upon induction he dropped this gem of a speech:

The speech was generally taken as “a bully tripping nerds with lunch trays in the school cafeteria” or “MJ just showing his competitive drive”

I personally felt that Michael was still trying to settle scores, even after being introduced as the greatest ever, which was echoed by another Hall of Famer.

Fast forward to February 27, 2010 Michael Jordan purchased the Charlotte Bobcats to become the first former player to own an NBA franchise

The 2011–12 season began for the Bobcats with a 101-86 win against the Milwaukee Bucks in their home opener but wins would be hard to come by after that. In the lockout-shortened season the Bobcats struggled and posted an NBA-worst record of 7-59, losing their last 23 games of the season. In a nationally televised game against the New York Knicks the Bobcats recorded yet another loss as their win percentage dropped to .106, setting a new record for the worst season by an NBA team in history. Their 23-game losing streak is a franchise record, which broke their previous record of 16 that was set earlier in the year.

Hard to top that right? A 106 winning percentage. This is called being at the bottom of the barrell

Michael in short has gone from being the greatest player on the greatest team ever assembled to the owner of the worst team ever assembled. This is why in my personal opinion, Karma has come back to bite Michael Jordan. Next up…..the NBA draft lottery

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