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Michael Jordan can add a new title to his name: billionaire.
Jordan was among 290 people added to Forbes’ 2015 list of billionaires, ranking as the 1,741st richest person in the world.
The Chicago Bulls legend and NBA Hall of Famer, who has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, was the most prominent sports figure to be added to the annual list, which is packed with owners from a number of pro sports teams.
Forbes says the Charlotte Hornets owner makes the majority of his money off his Jordan brand, which grossed an estimated $2.25 billion in 2013 – earning the six-time champion $90 million.
Jordan’s 89-percent stake in the Hornets, however, is his most valuable asset.
Values of all NBA franchises skyrocketed, according to Forbes, when ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for a whopping $2 billion.
The Hornets were valued at $275 million when Jordan bought an 80-percent stake in 2010, but Forbes now estimates the franchise to be worth more than $700 million.
Ballmer is the richest of all pro sports owners, and the 35th wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $21.5 billion.
Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.
A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.
“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, a senior basketball player at Auburn, had said earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.
Mason’s family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he “fought like a warrior to the very end.”
“We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers,” the statement said. “Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time — it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time.”
Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason’s bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley’s Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages that he had carved in his hair cuts.
Mason teamed with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks to help the Knicks win the Eastern Conference in 1994 and reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.
“My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night,” Ewing said in a statement. “We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together.
“I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.”
Oakley took to Twitter to send his condolences.
Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached against Mason during his time with the Chicago Bulls, also released a statement Saturday.
“As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason,” Jackson said. “Standing on the opposite end of the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in Orange and Blue always stood out. On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to his family.”
Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.
“Anthony was a multifaceted individual,” his longtime agent Don Cronson told ESPN.com’s Ian O’Connor. “There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.
Mason was reunited with Riley later in his career while playing for Miami, where he was named to his one and only All-Star team in 2001.
Mason’s career is a story of perseverance.
After playing high school basketball at Springfield Gardens in Queens and college basketball at Tennessee State University, Mason was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by thePortland Trail Blazers, who waived him shortly thereafter.
Mason then played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short stints. He also played in the USBL and CBA.
Mason found a permanent home with the Knicks in 1991 after receiving an invite to play on the organization’s summer league team.
Riley appreciated Mason’s intense, physical approach and kept him on the roster, beginning a run that would end with Mason leaving an indelible mark on the Knicks organization and its fan base.
“Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao will finally have their day in the ring.
On Friday (February 20) Mayweather took to his Shots social media page to snap a photo of the signed contract agreement between he and Pacquiao, and let fans know May 2nd is when it will all go down.
“Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done and we did.” Mayweather said.
The highly anticipated fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the two prized boxers will determine which is the better athlete. Mayweather, 37, is placing his undefeated record of 47-0 on the line against 36-year-old Pacquiao’s 57-5 record.
The fight will also prove lucrative for both fighters. According to the Washington Post, If Mayweather wins, he could pocket $120 million, while if Pacquiao proves to be the victor, he’ll take home a smooth $80 million.
So we know you’ll be tuning in, but who you got?
Bosh will miss the rest of the season due to blood clots on his lung, the Heat announced on Saturday.
MIAMI, February 21 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 Season, while being treated for blood clots on his lung.
Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami HEAT team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.
Bosh took to Instagram to thank everyone for their support:
Former Portland Trail Blazers player and 17-year NBA veteran Jerome Kersey has died at the age of 52.
The Trail Blazers released a statement stating Kersey passed on Wednesday. Kersey was a favorite among Blazers fans and known for his kind heart. Kersey remained close to the league as a team ambassador. On Tuesday, he visited teens with former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at Madison High School in Portland for Black History Month.
Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen had kind words to say about the player on Wednesday.
Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” said Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”
“We’re shocked to lose such a great member of our Trail Blazers family,” said Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. “The news is so sudden, and we’re sure more details will be forthcoming. But it is indeed a sad day for our organization, the city of Portland and the NBA. Jerome will be remembered not only for his incredible contributions on the court, but his tremendous impact in our community.”
“Jerome was an incredible influence on our players as a model for life after basketball,” said Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “He set the bar extremely high with his long-lasting influence in this community.”
Kersey started his career with the Blazers and averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds between his time with The Golden State Warriors, The Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and The Milwaukee Bucks. He scored a championship ring with the Spurs before retiring in 2001.
Kersey leaves behind a wife and four children.
His death comes after the loss of Cubs great Ernie Banks and ESPN commentator Stuart Scott.
If you were tuned into the NBA all-star game Sunday night, you were witness to one of the rarest moments in recent history: A Kyle Lowry slam dunk.
It’s true, the Toronto Raptors guard not only threw down for the first time this season — one of only a handful of players who can lay claim to that — but according to Lowry for the first time since 2009. (basketball-reference.com claims it was 2008).
Soak it in, Raptors fans — who knows how long it will be until the next one:
Dunk aside, Lowry, a first-time all-star, also had a hand in perhaps the best highlight of the game when he lobbed up a perfect pass to LeBron James for the reverse alley-oop.
TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan’s hard foul on Bojan Bogdanovic has proved costly.
The Toronto Raptors guard was fined US$15,000 on Thursday, a day after he threw his body into Bogdanovic, sending the big Nets forward sprawling to the floor.
DeRozan was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected with 1:02 to play in the Raptors’ 109-93 loss to the Nets.
Wednesday’s loss was the Raptors’ first of the season against an Atlantic Division opponent, and dropped their record to 33-17.