Found February 18, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
The NBA and the media cannot move on from Michael Jordan. This was never more evident than the last seven days when the majority of stories were surrounding Michael Jordan and/or his 50th birthday. Ironically, it was a decade ago at the All-Star Game in Atlanta, that the NBA had a special halftime celebration to salute Michael Jordan, in what was his final appearance in the midseason game. Jordan gave an emotional speech in response saying the following: “I leave the game in good hands,” Jordan said. “So many great stars rising and playing the game. I have passed on the things that Dr. J and some of the great players — Magic Johnson, Larry Bird — have passed on to me, I pass on to these All-Stars here, as well as to the rest of the players in the NBA. “I want to thank you all for your support. Now I can go home and feel at peace with the game of basketball.” I don’t know, I always looked back on that little speech with a hint of subtle arrogance. Let’s be honest, one of the reasons Jordan was the best at the game of basketball is because he [...]

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Your Morning Dump….where All Star Weekend is still awful

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