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Quite a haul!

 Michael Jordan has sold his majority stake of the Charlotte Hornets. Quite a haul for what he paid. Unfortunately Michaels run as owner hasn't panned out. Yet he still comes out on top financially. Personally MJ is my favorite non Celtic. 

Michaels story always motivated me, cut from his sophomore high school team and never gave up. That led to playing for the great Dean Smith at North Carolina and we all remember what he did there. No biggie as a freshman he hit the game winning shots to help Coach Smith win his first title. He dominated in the 84 Olympics to help lead the USA to gold! 

He burst onto the NBA scene and showed how special he was going to be. In 86 vs the Celtics in the playoffs he scored 63 in the Boston Garden. Quite a feat given who he was playing against. His competitive will, was second to none. From my perspective... 

The road wasn't always easy especially facing those Pistons teams. Yet once he finally broke through, it's was pure beauty. He lead the Bulls to their first three peat beating the Lakers in 91, Blazers in 92 and Suns in 93. None of those series went seven games. In 92 he was part of the greatest team ever assembled. The 1992 Dream Team was must watch TV as they destroyed their Olympic competition. Yet another gold medal for Michael. 

Not everything was roses for MJ, unfortunately he lost his father after he won his third ring. Mr Jordan was found murdered in his car. MJ retired from the NBA and pursued a baseball career. No one really gave him a shot, but if he stuck with it I bet he would have been great. In 95 he returned and his Bulls lost to the Magic. Well that fueled MJ, leading to yet another three peat. Beating the Sonics in 96, Jazz in 97, and Jazz in 98. Personally I feel he showed a more complete game in that second three peat. During the lockout he retired yet again. 

A few years later as part owner of the Wizards he came back out of retirement. Most people knock him but I was lucky enough to see him play as a Wizard and was amazing. I've been lucky to see him play live a few times and each time I was in awe. There's a reason why the greats are must see and he certainly was. 

I'll always bleed Green, but MJ is my guy. Kudos to him for making quite a return on his original investment with the Hornets. His impact on me will last forever. I only wear Jordans, and drink Gatorade. Not to mention all the Jordan brand gear I have. Amongst numerous Jordan collectibles my late mother gave me. What was supposed to be an article on selling the Hornets turned into a bit of a tribute. If anyone hasn't seen AIR, it's freaking amazing! Jordan will always be better than Leflop...


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