Michael Jordan Now Officially a Billionaire

Michael Jordan watches the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland

Michael Jordan’s bank account just surpassed the $1 billion mark.

The NBA legend is now the 513th-richest person in the United States with a net worth of an even $1.0 billion, according to reports.

The skyrocketing values of NBA franchises is the main reason for his new billionaire status. He owns the Charlotte Hornets, which saw its value increase from $410 million last year to $725 million this year in the wake of the Los Angeles Clippers’ $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer.

Jordan’s stake in the team is worth $500 million, according to Forbes.

The rest of Jordan’s worth comes from his Nike deal, which earned him $90 million in 2013 alone.

 

Former NY Knicks Player Anthony Mason Dies at 48

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Anthony Mason, the 13-year NBA veteran who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month, died on Saturday. He was 48

The NBA veteran was best known for playing for the New York Knicks from 1991 to 1996, and a Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason’s death to ESPN.

“First, I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday.

“Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”

Mason’s other son, Antoine, had said earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant mourned the player via Twitter on Saturday, writing: “RIP.

 

LeBron James’ 10-Year-Old Son Getting College Scholarship Offers

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LeBron James Jr. is already drawing interest from college programs despite being just 10 years old, and Papa James is pissed.

“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges,” LeBron James Sr. said, according to Mike Sullivan of CBS Detroit. “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”

James says it should be a violation to contact young players like his son. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player didn’t name any of the schools involved in the early recruiting.

But from the looks of a photo Tweeted in July from Kentucky Sports Connect’s Dan Bodner, the University of Kentucky may be in his future. James’ son was in head basketball coach John Calipari’s office, wearing the coach’s title rings:

 

Chris Bosh Hospitalized with Feared Blood Clot, Season in Jeopardy

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference competes during the Degree Shooting Stars Competition as part of the 2015 NBA Allstar Weekend at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Doctors treating Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh are concerned he may have developed a blood clot in his lung but are still waiting for tests to make a diagnosis, sources tell ESPN.com.

Bosh’s agent, Henry Thomas, told ESPN that early results are inconclusive regarding Bosh’s medical condition and that they are still “sorting through everything” at this point.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that Bosh is being treated at South Miami Hospital. Bosh will see “a couple” more specialists today and Spoelstra said that he may have an update tonight or tomorrow.

The Miami Herald first reported on Friday that Bosh could miss the remainder of the season if he was found to have blood clots in his lung.

The medication required to treat such a condition typically requires at least six months of limited physical activity.

Blood clots are always a serious condition, but this is a particularly scary moment for Bosh and the NBA after former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey died suddenly of a blood clot in his lung earlier this week.

Bosh was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after complaining about discomfort in his chest for several days.

Bosh spent the early part of this week on vacation with family and friends, including teammate Dwyane Wade, in Haiti. Wade said Bosh wasn’t “feeling his best” on the vacation. When Bosh hadn’t improved by Wednesday, he was sent to a team doctor, and from there went to the hospital for tests.

Bosh’s former teammate LeBron James commented on the situation to reporters Friday.

“I texted Chris last night and, obviously, he probably doesn’t have his phone so I’m just waiting to hear back from him,” he said. “I’m praying. My prayers is up. My hands is open and I’m wishing him the best. My fingers is crossed, for sure. Basketball is a small thing when it comes to health and people’s family. He’s so connected to me that I feel it, for sure. So every minute I’m checking to see if he’s OK.”

Bosh’s wife tweeted an update on Friday.

Miami plays at New York on Friday night. He did not fly with the team Thursday.

 

Kevin Durant Owns Up to Failed Engagement to Monica Wright, Wonders If He’ll Be Alone Forever

kevin-durant-monica-wright-Kevin Durant may be one of the NBA’s top all-stars, but he’s not too big to admit he is the one responsible for his failed engagement to WNBA player Monica Wright.

“I had a fiancée, but…I really didn’t know how to, like, love her, you know what I’m saying?” the Oklahoma City Thunder forward told GQ magazine. “We just went our separate ways.”

Durant’s comments come after Wright announced the end of their engagement without mentioning exact reason behind it. Instead, she stated her and Durant were simply going in two different ways. His path, according to Wright, would’ve compromised her faith.

During his interview, Durant mentioned that he popped the question to Wright after being overcome with emotion. Despite being happy about his engagement, Durant maintained that he just didn’t know how to love his then-fiancé the right way.

“We was just hanging out, chilling. And I felt the energy. I felt, like  … I need to do this right now. And I just did it. I was like…We’re engaged right now? We’re about to get married? So I was just like, cool! I love this girl. But I didn’t love her the right way,” said the athlete, who revealed that he doesn’t have much hope for love.

As a result, he’s often left wondering if he’ll be alone forever.

“I go to sleep at night, like, ‘Am I gonna be alone forever?’ Am I gonna be alone forever? Am I gonna have kids?” Durant shared. “I feel like there’s no hope. But I still gotta have faith.”

 

A Sight to See: Mo’ne Davis Goes to the Hole Against Kevin Hart (Watch)

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When you think of young female athletes who can more than hang with the boys, Mo’ne Davis immediately comes to mind.

And since she burst on the scene as the star pitcher on a boys Little League championship team, a standout baseball player is what we associate her as.

But actually, in her heart of hearts Mo’ne says her true calling is basketball. She put those skills on display Friday night during the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

In the first quarter game, Davis straight up showed off by taking funny man Kevin Hart to the hole with a dazzling spin move in the paint for an easy lay-up.

Check it out:

 

Ray Rice Apologizes to Fans in a ‘Dear Baltimore’ Letter

Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014

Ray Rice is apologizing to Baltimore for punching his girlfriend-turned-wife.

The former NFL running back, who was suspended last season by the NFL after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée Janay in a hotel elevator, wrote a letter of apology Friday morning to the city and to Ravens fans.

“The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives,” Rice said in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career. We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl.

“To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue.”

The Sun reported that Rice plans to move to New York as he attempts to return to the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games, but after video showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, his current wife, was made public, the commissioner said he made a mistake and suspended Rice indefinitely.

Rice later appealed the suspension and won. The three-time Pro Bowler was reinstated by the league in November but has not signed with a team.

He went on to thank the Ravens organization, owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh.

“I love you all very much, and I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens,” Rice said in the letter to the Sun.

 

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