Director Says Lebron’s Space Jam Will Dunk On MJ’s

LeBron's Space Jam Dunks on MJs
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The NBA GOAT debate has been going on for years, and it’s going to continue. For a long time, there was no debate, with 6 rings, an unmatched competitive streak, and an unassailable highlight reel, MJ was the best ever.

Then LeBron came along. He was good immediately, became great quickly, and started piling up rings himself. He may never match MJ’s total, but he’s already outlasted MJ’s career and remained amazingly consistent throughout his 18 (and counting) years. He was gaining on MJ, and then The Last Dance hit the airwaves and reminded everyone who he was.

But this summer, fresh off his latest championship and gunning for another, LeBron has a secret weapon: Space Jam 2.

Adding fuel to an already raging fire, Space Jam: A New Legacy, the sequel to MJ’s beloved Looney Tunes collaboration, pits the stars against each other again. This time on movie screens. And LeBron’s director has chosen sides.

Speaking to EW for a cover story about the new movie, Malcolm D. Lee laid down the gauntlet: “Space Jam: A New Legacy is a better movie than Space Jam,” he declared. “LeBron’s got that going for him.”

SHOTS FIRED.

Don Cheadle co-stars in the movie with LeBron, and he is shying away from the debate about who’s the GOAT on the court, instead choosing to focus on the two legendary athletes’ prowess as actors. “Who is going to be the first to get an Oscar? Let’s have that debate,” Cheadle said. Lebron was pretty good in Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer movie, Trainwreck, but aside from commercials, he hasn’t done much acting outside of that. Then again, Jordan didn’t so much beyond Space Jam himself…

I guess we’ll just have to wait until July 16th, when the movie hits theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, to see if LeBron can match Jordan in big-screen charisma, and at the box office. The rest of their rivalry will have to be settled in the record books.

Michael Jordan Donates 10 Million To Open Two New Health Clinics in His Hometown

Michael Jordan Opens Clinic in Hometown
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Michael Jordan is a legend for his play on the court, but he’s becoming an even bigger legend thanks to his off-the-court moves in recent years. Jordan is coming through for his home state in a MAJOR way, as he donated $10 million to open TWO new health clinics in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The new health clinics will serve the uninsured or underinsured people in that community, making it a much-needed addition to the area. The announcement is similar to the two clinics Jordan has already bankrolled, both in the greater Charlotte area, where Jordan owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets.

Both the existing clinics opened recently in Charlotte, as Jordan put up the money and partnered with Novant Health. The first opened in 2019 and became a Covid-19 screening and testing site during the pandemic, and his most recent clinic opened in October. The health system said the clinics brought primary care and social support services to the area’s most vulnerable communities and served thousands of patients.

The new clinics will be in Wilmington, Jordan’s hometown, and will be serving the town and the surrounding rural communities.

“Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance,” Jordan said in a statement. “Wilmington holds a special place in my heart and it’s truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life.”

Novant said they were extremely appreciative of the gift from the sports legend.

“We are so appreciative of Michael’s unwavering commitment to help us bring affordable care to our communities that need it most. It’s not only an investment in us as a partner, but it’s an investment in each and every person that our clinics can reach,” a spokesman said.

The $10 million gift will help the new clinics open sometime in 2022.

Drones Are Delivering Beer at Michael Jordan’s Golf Course

Jordan Drones
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It goes without saying the pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, and some of the changes will echo long past 2020. The way we eat, shop and work has been changed forever. The movie industry is changing forever, and there’s no doubt we’ll be Zooming in some fashion for years to come. And some technological innovation born from social distancing SHOULD carry on. And by that, I am specifically talking about robots delivering booze from the sky.

We have Michael Jordan to thank because it’s his golf course The Grove XXIII that delivers snacks and drinks via drones. And it’s quite a sight to behold.

This is what robots are made for, to deliver on the whimsy and wishes of the humans that control them (for now). When you think “the future” some people might think of flying cars, but other, more sensible people think “flying robots delivering beer.” And my friends, the future is here.

Jordan has had a strong impact on society in 2020. When COVID hit, he helped open two life-changing health clinics serving people without insurance. A truly impactful action. As the virus continued to rage, he helped the food insecure by donating millions to food banks. And as we begin to look at life beyond COVID, he’s given us another great innovation.

Obviously, this solves a key component of social distancing, and golf is already a very safe recreational activity in the time of COVID (you’re pretty much alone the entire time, with no one around for hundreds of yards). The only interaction you might need to have on the course is ordering some beers and maybe a hot dog, so now you can do that and have it freaking airlifted down to you.

The future is here, and we have the GOAT to thank.

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Food Banks in Chicago and Carolina

Jordan Donation
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It’s the season of giving, and Michael Jordan once again proved why he’s a GOAT by making a huge donation to Feeding America to help the nearly 80 million food-insecure Americans during the holidays. During Thanksgiving week, Jordan donated $2 million to the organization supporting food banks around the country.

Jordan has proven his charitable side during the pandemic, as he helped fund two health care centers for uninsured people in his current hometown in North Carolina. It’s a huge gift from the sports legend that made a tremendous impact on those at-risk communities. And now, Jordan is helping feed the hungry in Chicago and North Carolina by gifting the proceeds of the recent “Last Dance” documentary on his final season.

Feeding America announced the gift and described it as ‘an incredible gift to be thankful for’ and said it would help feed their neighbors. Jordan, for his part, released a statement acknowledging the donation.

“In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks,” he said. “I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from The Last Dance to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America’s hungry.”

The NBA Hall of Famer is certainly trying to rewrite his next chapter, as he’s been on a major philanthropic phase in the last year, with this gift, opening two health care centers for the uninsured, and with a $100 million gift over 10 years to fight racial inequality.

Jordan continues to cement his legacy as the GOAT.

Michael Jordan Opens a Second Health Clinic for People Without Health Insurance

Jordan 2nd Health Clinic
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The times, they are unprecedented. But we’ve also seen certain people rise to meet the moment, and give what they can to make their corner of the world a little bit better place. Michael Jordan is one of those people, who donated millions of dollars to help open a health clinic in the city of his basketball team in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Now, Jordan, the philanthropist, has helped open a second clinic developed to serve underprivileged communities in the Charlotte area. The clinics are for the uninsured and underinsured people in the area, to provide access to physical, dental, and behavioral health services. Obviously, when our world is enduring an unprecedented health crisis, uniquely affecting those populations, there’s never been a time when this is more needed.

Novant Health opened the second clinic Monday, one year after the first was opened. Jordan told the Charlotte Observer that it gave his family “great pride to know that we are making a difference in Charlotte.”

The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic is going to be life-changing for the people it helps. During the COVID crisis, the first clinic has been a huge resource to the community, providing accessible COVID screening, treatment, and testing. The first clinic has helped thousands of patients who may not have been able to get care elsewhere, and many of them have called it “life-saving.”

“To see how it’s evolved is so gratifying, it makes me want to do more so we can keep answering the bell,” Jordan said in a dedication interview. “We are put on this earth in some ways to make a difference in whatever way we can.”

There’s no questioning that his latest efforts are making real, tangible changes to people that need it more than most. And for that, Jordan proves once again why he’s one of the GOATs of the sports world.

Michael Jordan and His Brand Donate $100 Million to Social Justice Causes

Let's all be part of the change.
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As the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests around the nation have shone a spotlight on police brutality and racial inequality, a surprising figure is taking a bold stance: Michael Jordan. Jordan released a statement saying he will fight until the “ingrained racism in our country’s institutions are eradicated.”

Jordan’s also backing up his words with actions, as the NBA legend and his Jordan brand have pledged $100 million to 10 organizations dedicated to fighting inequality, ensuring social justice and providing better access to education.

His statement continued:

“We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same.”

Jordan was infamous during his playing days for keeping his political views to himself. According to a book on Jordan, when a friend pressed him on why he wasn’t getting into politics more to help shape races, Jordan responded that “Republicans buy sneakers too,” referring to his popular Nike Air Jordans. In the recently aired, smashing success documentary “The Last Dance”, chronicling the 90s Chicago Bulls and their era of dominance, Jordan did backtrack on the quote a bit, calling it a joke amongst teammates (this wouldn’t be the first time a journalist completely blew a joke out of context!).

Still, there’s no question Jordan is the most popular African-American athlete on the planet. He shaped basketball across the globe and remains a revered icon even long after his retirement. Jordan told the Charlotte Observer that African-Americans had been beaten down for so long, and it was time to fight for a better society.

“It sucks your soul. You can’t accept it anymore. This is a tipping point. We need to make a stand. We’ve got to be better as a society regarding race,” he said.

Jordan’s gift will make a huge impact on communities and lives around the country, but being a voice in the fight for equality will be just as vital and important. And he said it starts by looking at yourself and how you can be part of the change.

“It’s the act of calling on all of us to take a look at ourselves. That’s an important start.”

ESPN Moves up Release of Highly Anticipated Michael Jordan Series

The Last Dance
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The sports world is feeling the crunch of suddenly having absolutely nothing going on. Athletes are creating makeshift sports at home, while fans cling to repeats of The Ocho. Kids got Frozen 2 early and free Amazon content but sports fans have been left in the cold.

Until now.

ESPN as stepped up and is delivering the hotly anticipated, 10-part Michael Jordan documentary months early. It will now be premiering now on April 19th.

The documentary series, The Last Dance, details Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls. For millennial sports fans, it’s tough to understate how big this is. In the late 90s, there was nothing cooler than Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. And with literally nothing else in the sports world even happening, everyone will be tuned in for this. Even the final trailer seems incredible and leaves fans awash in nostalgia for a time when people could actually gather in public.

This is big enough news that even athletes can’t wait for the series. LeBron James is the only basketball player in a generation to even get close to the Jordan discussion (and some may say James is the better player). And even LeBron can’t wait for the documentary.

The 97-98 Bulls was one of the more unique versions of the dynasty, as outside of Jordan you had Steve Kerr (now a wildly successful coach), Scottie Pippen (at the height of his career), Dennis Rodman (before he was a North Korean spokesperson) and Phil Jackson (always the Zen Master). That’s a lot of personalities around the biggest personality in basketball history.

Michael Jordan Opens Clinics in Charlotte for Those Lacking Insurance

Michael Jordan Opens Clinic
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When you’re arguably the greatest basketball player in history, with 6 NBA Championships and 5 MVPs Awards under your belt, it can be pretty hard to top your own resume, but that doesn’t mean Michael Jordan is finished doing amazing things.

Now, 16 years after his retirement, the NBA All-Star is venturing out of the sports arena to open a medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured in Charlotte, North Carolina.

M.J. grew up in North Carolina and currently owns the Charlotte Hornets so it makes sense that he would want to provide for the area where he has such deep roots. At the opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, he was understandably emotional.

“This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years, from when I was playing the game of basketball, to now when I’m a part of this community,” Jordan said, with tears streaming down his face.

The first of two clinics in the area being funded by His Airness, it will feature 12 exam rooms, an x-ray room, and a space for physical therapy, all in a lower-income area of the city.

According to a 2014 study out of Harvard and UC Berkeley, Charlotte ranks last on a list of 50 major cities when it comes to social and economic mobility for children born into poverty, so the need for affordable care is obvious and possibly life-changing.

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A Novant press release claims that, over five years, the clinics “are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.”

And this is supposedly only the beginning of Jordan’s contributions to his community. He hopes for this to be more than just a one-time contribution, adding, “This is just the start of a battle of being able to touch as many people as we can.”

If these clinics pan out the way he hopes, M.J. might be considered the G.O.A.T. for way more than just what he can do on the basketball court.