THERE GOES MR. JORDAN
While I was loudly digging in to one of the 15 pies or into the 30-pound turkey my mother made (don't ask, she's crazy), quietly, on Thanksgiving, Michael Jordan announced his retirement for the third, and final, time. When this season is over, Jordan will be done. (Washington Post)
Before he returned to the NBA with the Wizards, Jordan had mentioned that he was "99.9 percent" sure he wouldn't play again. But to show you the strength of that tenth of a percent, Jordan returned. What about this time?
"It won't be no points, zero," Jordan said. "It would be 100 percent, I'm sure."
OK, we believe you and so do several of his teammates, who would like to make Jordan's final season memorable for all the right reasons. (Washington Post)
Reaction among sportswriters across this great land ranged from relief, apathy and, some, just piled on. (Chicago Sun-Times)
But is the reaction to Jordan's retirement and the feelings toward Jordan different for the fans? Do you still like Mike or is it time for him to take a hike? Let NBA.com's Click and Roll know what you think and we'll print the best responses.
DREAM TEAM REDUX
In the Washington Post's Jordan retirement article, author Steve Wyche points out what kind of class the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Which has a pretty cool feature about Hall of Famers retiring, then yielding to basketball's siren song once again) may be welcoming soon:
"If Jordan, a five-time league most valuable player who led the NBA in scoring a record 10 times, retires, he could be leading a brigade of future Hall of Famers who have already stepped away or could do so at season's end.
"Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing, a longtime great with the New York Knicks, retired before the season. Longtime Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon also retired and San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson has said this is his last season. Utah's guard-forward tandem of John Stockton and Karl Malone could be playing their last seasons. Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning, who is not playing this season, could be forced into retirement because of a kidney ailment."
Impressive, isn't it?
YAO WOWS 'EM OUT WEST
The Houston Rockets and Yao Ming made a West Coast swing, going 2-3. But the big story was the big man in the middle and how he could draw crowds, both on and off the court.
But while some have taken a wait and see attitude when it comes to Yao, others have taken a score of friends and a plane thousands of miles because they couldn't wait to see Yao in action. (Houston Chronicle)
SIMPLY THE BEST ARGUMENT
Remember (because it was soooooo long ago) when we asked you about who you thought was the best player in the game today? Well, two ESPN.com writers took a crack at it. Here's how it played out.
MORE HOOPS STUFF
Here's a headline you never expect to read: Grizzlies, Lakers still taking shape. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Gary Payton is the ultimate Seattle SuperSonic. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
And, as you know, Payton and Jason Kidd go way back. (Seattle Times)
Patience is a virtue for Wizards rookie Juan Dixon. (Balitmore Sun)
With the Pacers at 14-2 as of Monday, we know Isiah Thomas can coach. (Indianapolis Star)
Doc Rivers needed to put his Big Three on the court at the same time. (Orlando Sentinel)
Could Big Dog have been sweatin' it in Miami this season instead of the ATL? (Yes, I listen to OutKast.) It almost happened. (Miami Herald)
Former NBA player Grant Long hopes for one more shot. (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
John Thompson is still coaching Dikembe Mutombo. Though this time, he's receiving a little help from his son. (New York Times)
Every Sunday, NBA beat writers put together notes columns by doing what I do, pilfering from others. Here's one of the more interesting notes columns from this past weekend. (Denver Post)