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By LAURA VECSEY | May 5, 2003
ANOTHER SUITOR. Another city. Another stop on the Michael Jordan Savior Tour. Maybe this is a basketball midlife crisis the likes of which we've never quite seen before. It's not every day that the greatest player ever sputters into meltdown mode, giving the distinct impression of a man stumbling into uneasy middle age. Michael Jordan is on his way out not only as shooting guard but as the Washington Wizards' president, too? Hold on there, partner. It takes more than one attempt to divorce Jordan.
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By THE NEW YORK TIMES | May 4, 2003
A meeting planned for later this week between Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards' owners, Abe Pollin and Ted Leonsis, was intended as a discussion about Jordan's possible return to the team's front office, but it may instead end their partnership. Mounting player resentment toward Jordan and ownership's concerns about Jordan's work ethic as an executive - along with Jordan's misgivings about the franchise's future - has changed the relationship between Jordan and the franchise, according to two team executives.
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By Barbara Barker and Barbara Barker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 2003
PHILADELPHIA -- There was no winning shot, no final heroic to add to Michael Jordan's already jam-packed highlight reel. Rather, one of the most remarkable careers in sports ended in the most unremarkable of fashions in the Washington Wizards' 107-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Yes, there were some notable moments. The notoriously nasty Philadelphia fans turned the fourth quarter into a Jordan lovefest by chanting, "We want Mike!" for nearly seven minutes to coax him off the bench.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - The old axiom goes that the gods seldom answer the cries of mere mortals, and so it was for most of the fourth quarter last night at the First Union Center. For nearly the entire fourth quarter, the highly partisan Philadelphia 76ers crowd chanted "We want Mike!" - begging Michael Jordan to make one last appearance in his final NBA game. Finally, after some coaxing, Jordan got up from the Washington Wizards' bench at the 2:35 mark of the period and took a final few trots up and down the floor until Eric Snow ran over and fouled Jordan with 1:45 remaining, sending him to the free-throw line for one final trip.
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By MIKE PRESTON | April 17, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - Maybe the end of one era will finally allow the NBA and the Washington Wizards to usher in another one. The Michael Jordan farewell tour is over. Finally. That's what most of this NBA season has been about: the Wizards and Jordan. Ever since Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their sixth title five years ago and Jordan went into Retirement No. 2, the league has feared that the younger crop of superstars couldn't carry the league. So they were just as happy as Jordan was when he announced he would play again two years ago, this time in the nation's capital with the lowly Wizards.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2003
WASHINGTON - When Doug Collins sat behind a microphone Monday night on the practice court at MCI Center and spoke of the "insidious" atmosphere that had permeated the locker room, he blew the lid off what had, to that point, been a well-kept secret: The Washington Wizards have been a dysfunctional team. Longtime fans of the Wizards and their predecessor, the Bullets, have come to expect problems. After all, this franchise has not qualified for the postseason since the 1996-97 season and has just six winning seasons in the 25 years since it won its only NBA championship.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2003
ATLANTA - Michael Jordan generally doesn't leave a door cracked at the end of a game. For most of his storied career, when it's been time to finish a contest, Jordan has been the one to do it, and there's little left for an opponent to do but bemoan its fate. However, basketball's greatest closer left a sliver of door space last night against the Atlanta Hawks, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim burst through it, giving the Hawks a 91-89 victory over the Washington Wizards. Washington lost its fourth straight game and fell 2 1/2 games back in the race to catch Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 12, 2003
WASHINGTON - Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the former Wizards president who drafted or signed them all, then ripped them in public? Why that would be the man, the legend, the one and only Mad Mike. "We play in public ... the truth hurts," Michael Jordan said last night after the Wizards beat the Orlando Magic, 106-105, to keep their playoff hopes alive. Jordan apparently had to drag his take-no-prisoners persona out of the closet. You remember the one from those angry days when, on the verge of all those championships, he'd take Steve Kerr to the hardwood and give the little guard a licking.
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By LAURA VECSEY | February 8, 2003
ATLANTA - Isiah Thomas does not deny a certain weirdness about his role in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. His Indiana Pacers are kings of the Eastern Conference and Thomas is the right man for this honorary coaching job. But what about that bald guy down at the end of his bench; the old man who turns 40 later this month and who promises, really, this time it's for real: At the end of this season, I'm gone, forever?At some point in the first quarter tomorrow, Thomas is going to nod toward that guy and do the right thing.
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