March 18, 1995: “I’M BACK” The GOAT returns.
March 18, 1995 will forever be remembered as the day Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball after a nearly 18-month hiatus. His return was anticipated but not certain, coming just eight days after he announced the end of his baseball career. Jordan had won three titles and MVP awards. He had broken numerous records. His legacy was historic.
Aggies look to overcome North Carolina mystique in second-round matchup
North Carolina’s lineage and history are as rich as any college basketball program in the country. Michael Jordan is among the Tar Heels decedents. So are Sam Perkins, James Worthy, Antwan Jamison and Phil Ford. And none of them will be on the court when seven-seed Texas A&M clashes with the defending national champion and second-seeded Tar Heels.
UNC-Lipscomb Postgame Notes
UNC improved to 26-10 and advanced to play Texas A&M Sunday in the second round of the West Region. Joel Berry moved passed Michael Jordan into 13th place on the Tar Heels' career scoring list. Berry has scored 1,792 points at UNC. Berry grabbed his 400th career rebound to join Walter Davis as the only Tar Heels with 1,700 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists.
Joel Berry Passes Michael Jordan’s Points Record With Win Over Lipscomb
Kenny Williams scored 18 points and North Carolina took its time before beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UNC's Joel Berry II hit a milestone during the game against Lipscomb. He passed Michael Jordan's all-time scoring list for a career high of 1790 points. Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double.
Why Michael Jordan would be proud of UNC's Joel Berry
Certain teams have had so much historical success they are exempt from playing the “Nobody believes in us” card. Yet there was Joel Berry doing so, three days before UNC opens the NCAA tournament against Lipscomb on Friday. Appropriately, Berry was on the Smith Center floor when he made these comments, symbolically near Michael Jordan’s retired No. 23 jersey.
Michael Jordan Just Became A Lot Richer
Michael Jordan has become a lot richer thanks to a new television deal his NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, just signed with FS Southeast. Starting next season, Fox will pay the Charlotte Hornets an annual rights fee in the low-to-high $20 million range. The Hornets are now worth over $1 billion. Jordan is also the highest-earning athlete of all-time, at $1.85 billion.
Michael Jordan’s UNC game-worn sneakers up for auction
Before Michael Jordan had a historic NBA career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, he decided to attend the University of North Carolina and play for Dean Smith. A pair of Converse shoes worn by Jordan during the 1981-82 season that are signed and inscribed are up for auction in Leland.com’s Classic Auction going on now.
Brendan Haywood on Life Alongside Jordan and LeBron
Only four men in NBA history have played with Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Former UNC center Brendan Haywood, now an analyst for NBA TV, is one of those lucky, rare few. The Ringer talked to Haywood about the differences between the two superstars, what they were like as teammates and people, and where he falls on the great GOAT debate.
Mitch Kupchak eyed for front-office role with Hornets
After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office.
Air Jordan 32 celebrates North Carolina's national championships
Paying homage to Michael Jordan’s alma mater, Jordan Brand will be releasing an upcoming Air Jordan 32 North Carolina colorway as a nod to their National Championships. Dressed in the Tar Heels’ Carolina Blue color scheme. This Air Jordan 32 features a Kurim overlay with a call out to each of North Carolina’s National Championship years on the heel.
Video: Jawad Williams on Being a Tar Heel
As former North Carolina forward and 2005 NCAA Champion Jawad Williams celebrates his birthday today, we look back at a March 2017 interview where Williams discusses what it means to be a Tar Heel, UNC's 2005 NCAA Tournament run, the Carolina basketball family, his relationship with Michael Jordan, and the UNC-Duke rivalry.
M.J. and Fifty Five: Points Scored and Time Alive
Here’s one way to measure time. Michael Jordan turned 55 Saturday and thus qualified to be a formal AARP member. That’s right, people born the year Michael Jordan recorded his famous double nickel have graduated college. Michael Jordan used a rotary phone, eight-track tapes and preferred Converse. And he’s still whom we measure basketball excellence against.
Video: Michael Jordan Hidden Gem Dunk at UNC
A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan had a flair for greatness when he drove to the basket. Take a look back at one of Jordan's more spectacular dunks during North Carolina's 1984 basketball season.
Video: Michael Jordan's Greatest Game vs. Duke - 1983
A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan had many great games as a Tar Heel, but here is his greatest against his greatest rival, Duke. M.J. dropped 32 on the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill in 1983 as a sophomore, which was his career high at the time.
Michael Jordan Put On a Heckuva Show at ’88 All-Star Weekend
In February of 1988, Michael Jordan was in his prime. The NBA All-Star Game was held that year in Chicago at the old and raucous Chicago Stadium. He was battling Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins for the NBA Dunk Contest title, but everyone there that day knew Jordan was going to win, no matter what. Nor was there anything Wilkins could do about it.