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Michael Jordan in new book: ‘I was against all white people’ growing up in North Carolina 05.07.14 at 1:51 pm ET
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A quote from NBA Hall of Famer and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan in Roland Lazenby‘s newest book, “Michael Jordan: The Life,” has drawn a lot of attention after the NBA legend admitted that he considered himself a “racist” as a youth growing up in North Carolina.

The book, which was released on Tuesday, touches on a multitude of subjects related to Jordan’s life, including his upbringing in the historically prejudiced South during the 1970s.

In one incident, Jordan recalls that he was suspended from school in 1977 after responding to a girl who called him a racial slur.

“I threw a soda at her,”€ Jordan said. “€œIt was a very tough year. I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at that time. Basically, I was against all white people.”

Lazenby defended Jordan’s comments in a tweet, stating: Media are focused on comments Michael Jordan made about race which appear in my book. He made those comments years ago, talking of his youth.

Lazenby also discussed the environment that Jordan lived in during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Martin Rickman, stating that North Carolina was a breeding ground for racism and oppression during the 1960s and 1970s.

“€œI’ve been to North Carolina hundreds of times and enjoy it tremendously, but North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined. … The Klan was like a chamber of commerce,” Lazenby said. “It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too. A lot of the context just wasn’t possible to put it in a basketball book. A lot of it ended up being cut.”€

Jordan’s comments add to an already volatile mood in the NBA regarding racism, as the saga revolving around Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s disgusting comments continues.

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NBA approves return of Hornets nickname in Charlotte 07.19.13 at 8:52 am ET
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The Hornets will play in Charlotte again. That is because the NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’€™s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets Tuesday at the league’€™s Board of Governors meeting. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

The original Hornets, who started playing in Charlotte in 1988, led the league in attendance eight times before the team moved to New Orleans in 2002. However, with New Orleans changing its nickname to Pelicans, that opened up the door for Charlotte to make the switch back.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” team owner Michael Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

Team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders appeared at a downtown party celebrating the return of the Hornets. The event featured appearances from former Hornets Muggsy Bogues, Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill.

The name change is welcome to the Bobcats organization, as it was looking for a way to rebrand itself. The Bobcats have only had one winning season in their nine years of existence, and have won a total of 28 games in their last two seasons.

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Report: Nets make push for Hawks’ Josh Smith 02.11.13 at 9:54 am ET
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The Celtics‘ days of Atlantic Division dominance appear to be ending, and the division might soon get even tougher. According to an ESPN report that credits league sources, the Nets — who began Monday with a 1½-game lead over the Celtics for second place in the division behind the Knicks — are making a push to acquire Hawks forward Josh Smith or Bobcats guard Ben Gordon before the NBA’s Feb. 21 trading deadline.

Forward Kris Humphries is the player the Nets are said to be offering as the centerpiece of either deal, with shooting guard MarShon Brooks available as well.

Smith is set to become a free agent following this season and is expected to demand close to maximum salary, so the Hawks risk losing him and getting nothing in return if they stand pat.

The 6-foot-9 Smith is in his ninth NBA season, all with the Hawks, after going directly from high school to the pros. In 46 games this season, he’s averaging 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 blocks — all slightly above his career averages.

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Report: Bobcats rejected offer of Derrick Williams for No. 2 pick 06.28.12 at 1:30 pm ET
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Trade offers are in full force as the NBA draft approaches Thursday night, and according to sources close with Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, the Timberwolves offered a deal Thursday to the Bobcats that would have sent Derrick Williams to Charlotte for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. The Bobcats reportedly immediately rejected the offer.

Williams was the No. 2 pick in last year’€™s draft. In his rookie season, he didn’€™t exactly perform to expectations and averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He played in all 66 games for the Timberwolves.

The Bobcats, meanwhile, are entertaining a variety of trade offers for their No. 2 pick, according to NBA.com’€™s David Aldridge, who said they are currently exploring five different options.

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