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Michael Jordan's Final Home Game

Courtesy of business partners, I had the extreme fortune of watching the greatest basketball player of all time play in his final home game last night.

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In the game, Michael's Washington Wizards lost to the New York Knicks, but of course it was the Michael Show. Every time he touched the ball, flash bulbs went off throughout the stands. Every time he scored, the crowd went wild.

The most amazing moment of the evening came at the end. With a little more than two minutes left in the game, Jordan went out. The crowd rose to its feet in a standing ovation as he walked off the court and then kept going -- as play resumed, as the Knicks got the ball, as the Knicks scored, as the Wizards got the ball, as the Wizards scored, as the Knicks got the ball again... through it all, the ovation continued unabated. I couldn't see a single person sitting down in the entire arena.

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It was a wonderful ending to an event that I felt privileged to attend.

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michael jordan please play basketball again it wont be the same with out you.

Michael, will u please come back and play bball again for ur a good player. I miss watchin' u ur my role model.
thank you,
Paul

kind of scanned through this. Seems interesting...

> From: "Van Jackson"
> Date: 2003/09/15 Mon AM 11:46:50 EDT
> To: , "ANDREWScottyDog"
, "Eric"
, , ,

> Subject: Basketball
>
>

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This needs to happen not from a stand point of trying to get
back at Abe Pollin. This needs to happen to free ourselves
from being a slave for economic gain. Most players on NBA,
NFL, & MLB teams are black, alot of commentators are black,
alot of refs are black. But who makes all the money, ______.
You fill in the blank...

Now, I'm not prejudice. I just want equal rights from an economic
stand point. If we owned the NBA, NFL, MLB. Our voices would
be heard more times over. Things like moving gun shops and
liquor stores off the corners of black neighborhoods would be
done quickly, just for starters. We aren't heard because most of
us live from paycheck to paycheck.

So, let's not see if this can get to the people in the email. Let's
challenge someone to get this to the people in the email. Then
once they have it, STAND by them to make it come to pass.

God has raised up a people for a time like this. Do we answer the
call or not? This isn't just for Mike. If God has placed something
in your heart to do. Don't worry about family and friends. Make
sure it's from God and do it. To take a slogan from the House
that Mike built. NIKE.

JUST DO IT....................God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Karl Zeigler [mailto:kzeigler@charter.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 9:25 AM
To: ziggy1@charter.net
Subject: FW: Just suppose...


I don't often send mass emails like this & I have never emailed anything to EVERYONE in my contact list, but even the possibility of this happening is siimply TOO BIG A POSSIBILITY to pass up. It really is time for something like this to happen...past time.

Karl

If six degrees of seperation is real, sooner or later the people that can make this happen will at least get this message. Will it really happen? Who knows, but I would like to see what happens if some of these people at least discuss it.

[Karl Zeigler]
-----Original Message-----
From: Wilson, Dawn [mailto:dawn.wilson@gs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 9:07 AM
To: 'tomeze@nyc.rr.com'; 'tfoint@aol.com'; 'wrwil@jorsm.com'; Boatright, Faye
Subject: FW: FW: Just supposin'...


WHAT IF.....

What if Michael Jordan, who was dismissed from the Washington Wizards,
has finally come to the conclusion that no matter how popular he was in
basketball and around the world, some little old white man controlled
his destiny.
Michael Jordan's destiny. I mean, he put over $40 million in ticket
sales alone in Abe Pollins coffers. The Wizards were a team that he alone personally
made popular and profitable. He alone made the team and organization a star
attraction in every city he went to play. # 23 Jordan Wizard jerseys selling off
the rack at sporting goods stores everywhere. Not to mention the economic impact
that he made on Washington DC and the league all around. But all that
doesn't matter because Jordan doesn't own what he created the value for.

BUT WHAT IF...

What if immediately after that meeting with Abe Pollin, Jordan got on
his phone and called Bob Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Willie Gary,
Magic Johnson, Russell Simmons, John Johnson, Cathy Hughes, Sean Combs,
Master P. and said it's time. It's time for us not to own just a team,
but it's time for us to own our resources: sports and entertainment.

Of course David Stern, Abe Pollin and other NBA owners would be
laughing their asses off. Thinking, those negroes are trying to start a league
of their own. Hahahaha.

Then in the very next batch of calls, he calls: John Thompson, Charles
Barkley, Paul Silas, Isaiah Thomas, Maurice Cheeks, Doc Rivers, Lenny
Wilkins and others and says we need experienced coaches for our new
league.

We have the investors, now we need coaches, general managers and front
office personnel. It's time. Will you join us in making world history.


The laughs from Abe and David have subsided, but they are still coming.

And they still have doubts. Those negroes cant do it.

Then in the last batch of calls, while Abe and David Stern are still
laughing, Michael Jordan calls Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe
Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Jason Kidd,
Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Lebron James and says "it's time."

He continues, "My partners and I are starting a new league and we need
you. We need to control what we have given to this earth in terms of our
entertainment, sports and athleticism. Without you, there is NO NBA.

" Forget your contracts, you all are all millionaires. Come with us and
Lets make history."

Abe and David Sterns aren't laughing anymore. They realize that there
is something serious happening and Michael Jordan, the most popular and
beloved athlete in the world is leading the charge.

Well what about arenas, the owners say? We own them. Fine. There are
plenty of arenas in every city that are not being used. They are old,
but hey, it's a start. So we'll lease them.

Well what about TV? No problem. Willie Gary and Cathy Hughes'
companies are starting cable channels. We'll run our games on them for now as
well as BET, then we will negotiate with the major networks soon. And with
Cathy, we got radio broadcasting, so that isn't a problem either.

Well how do we advertise? No problem. We get Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, P-

Diddy and Master P. to get every rapper and R&B singer in the world to
talk about the new league in all their songs. We do commercials and videos
with Bill Cosby, Spike Lee and even Oprah yelling "The UBA is fantastic
(Universal Basketball Association, others can play, we just want to
own). We get John Johnson and Earl Graves to write about it in Jet,
Ebony and Black Enterprise.

We get FUBU, Sean John and Roca Wear to design the team uniforms. We get

Oprah to talk about the new league and interview players, investors,
coaches on her show. We get Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary to head our legal
team. We get actors like Halle Berry and Denzel Washington to publicly
endorse the league and attend the games.

And finally, we get Michael Jordan, the biggest draw in the world to
put his competitive spirit and name recognition behind it. There are a lot of
intangibles missing in this hypothetical situation, but nevertheless,
this "what if" could be the trigger to set Mr. Jordan on a path that would
really put his name in the history books. He alone has the clout to bring this
to fruition. When are African Americans going to cease our disunity and
start cooperating with each other to do something on this scale?

When are African Americans going to stop being used by sport owners
and start thinking OWNERSHIP? Bob Johnson is great, but he had to be voted
in by 28 white men. If we collectively take what is ours in sports and
entertainment, and hold it back from the world until we own it, then we
can control our own destiny. It sounds far-fetched, but IT CAN BE DONE.

Then one such as Michael Jordan, the greatest player to ever play
basketball, would not have to worry ever again of being used by some
other "owner" for their personal financial gain. If Mike owned the league,
he's the one who'd be doing the firing and hiring. And then a person! like
Abe Pollin would have no choice but to respect the Greatest basketball
player to ever live.

What if....

WHAT IF YOU PASSED THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND IT GOT TO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EMAIL,

LIKE MIKE. YOU NEVER KNOW!!!! REMEMBER THESE WORDS... Those who don't understand interest, pay it; those who do, earn it. ~Dennis Kimbro~

What if....

WHAT IF YOU PASSED THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND IT GOT TO
SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EMAIL, LIKE Mr. MICHAEL
JORDAN. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW!!!! DON'T MERELY THINK ABOUT IT, BE ABOUT IT!!!

***************************************
Indeed we could accomplish so much if we could only act as a people as
a team.

Georgia

kind of scanned through this. Seems interesting...

> From: "Van Jackson"
> Date: 2003/09/15 Mon AM 11:46:50 EDT
> To: , "ANDREWScottyDog"
, "Eric"
, , ,

> Subject: Basketball
>
>

HTML Attachment [ Scan with Norton AntiVirus | Save to my Yahoo! Briefcase | Download Without Scan ]
This needs to happen not from a stand point of trying to get
back at Abe Pollin. This needs to happen to free ourselves
from being a slave for economic gain. Most players on NBA,
NFL, & MLB teams are black, alot of commentators are black,
alot of refs are black. But who makes all the money, ______.
You fill in the blank...

Now, I'm not prejudice. I just want equal rights from an economic
stand point. If we owned the NBA, NFL, MLB. Our voices would
be heard more times over. Things like moving gun shops and
liquor stores off the corners of black neighborhoods would be
done quickly, just for starters. We aren't heard because most of
us live from paycheck to paycheck.

So, let's not see if this can get to the people in the email. Let's
challenge someone to get this to the people in the email. Then
once they have it, STAND by them to make it come to pass.

God has raised up a people for a time like this. Do we answer the
call or not? This isn't just for Mike. If God has placed something
in your heart to do. Don't worry about family and friends. Make
sure it's from God and do it. To take a slogan from the House
that Mike built. NIKE.

JUST DO IT....................God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Karl Zeigler [mailto:kzeigler@charter.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 9:25 AM
To: ziggy1@charter.net
Subject: FW: Just suppose...


I don't often send mass emails like this & I have never emailed anything to EVERYONE in my contact list, but even the possibility of this happening is siimply TOO BIG A POSSIBILITY to pass up. It really is time for something like this to happen...past time.

Karl

If six degrees of seperation is real, sooner or later the people that can make this happen will at least get this message. Will it really happen? Who knows, but I would like to see what happens if some of these people at least discuss it.

[Karl Zeigler]
-----Original Message-----
From: Wilson, Dawn [mailto:dawn.wilson@gs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 9:07 AM
To: 'tomeze@nyc.rr.com'; 'tfoint@aol.com'; 'wrwil@jorsm.com'; Boatright, Faye
Subject: FW: FW: Just supposin'...


WHAT IF.....

What if Michael Jordan, who was dismissed from the Washington Wizards,
has finally come to the conclusion that no matter how popular he was in
basketball and around the world, some little old white man controlled
his destiny.
Michael Jordan's destiny. I mean, he put over $40 million in ticket
sales alone in Abe Pollins coffers. The Wizards were a team that he alone personally
made popular and profitable. He alone made the team and organization a star
attraction in every city he went to play. # 23 Jordan Wizard jerseys selling off
the rack at sporting goods stores everywhere. Not to mention the economic impact
that he made on Washington DC and the league all around. But all that
doesn't matter because Jordan doesn't own what he created the value for.

BUT WHAT IF...

What if immediately after that meeting with Abe Pollin, Jordan got on
his phone and called Bob Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Willie Gary,
Magic Johnson, Russell Simmons, John Johnson, Cathy Hughes, Sean Combs,
Master P. and said it's time. It's time for us not to own just a team,
but it's time for us to own our resources: sports and entertainment.

Of course David Stern, Abe Pollin and other NBA owners would be
laughing their asses off. Thinking, those negroes are trying to start a league
of their own. Hahahaha.

Then in the very next batch of calls, he calls: John Thompson, Charles
Barkley, Paul Silas, Isaiah Thomas, Maurice Cheeks, Doc Rivers, Lenny
Wilkins and others and says we need experienced coaches for our new
league.

We have the investors, now we need coaches, general managers and front
office personnel. It's time. Will you join us in making world history.


The laughs from Abe and David have subsided, but they are still coming.

And they still have doubts. Those negroes cant do it.

Then in the last batch of calls, while Abe and David Stern are still
laughing, Michael Jordan calls Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe
Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Jason Kidd,
Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Lebron James and says "it's time."

He continues, "My partners and I are starting a new league and we need
you. We need to control what we have given to this earth in terms of our
entertainment, sports and athleticism. Without you, there is NO NBA.

" Forget your contracts, you all are all millionaires. Come with us and
Lets make history."

Abe and David Sterns aren't laughing anymore. They realize that there
is something serious happening and Michael Jordan, the most popular and
beloved athlete in the world is leading the charge.

Well what about arenas, the owners say? We own them. Fine. There are
plenty of arenas in every city that are not being used. They are old,
but hey, it's a start. So we'll lease them.

Well what about TV? No problem. Willie Gary and Cathy Hughes'
companies are starting cable channels. We'll run our games on them for now as
well as BET, then we will negotiate with the major networks soon. And with
Cathy, we got radio broadcasting, so that isn't a problem either.

Well how do we advertise? No problem. We get Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, P-

Diddy and Master P. to get every rapper and R&B singer in the world to
talk about the new league in all their songs. We do commercials and videos
with Bill Cosby, Spike Lee and even Oprah yelling "The UBA is fantastic
(Universal Basketball Association, others can play, we just want to
own). We get John Johnson and Earl Graves to write about it in Jet,
Ebony and Black Enterprise.

We get FUBU, Sean John and Roca Wear to design the team uniforms. We get

Oprah to talk about the new league and interview players, investors,
coaches on her show. We get Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary to head our legal
team. We get actors like Halle Berry and Denzel Washington to publicly
endorse the league and attend the games.

And finally, we get Michael Jordan, the biggest draw in the world to
put his competitive spirit and name recognition behind it. There are a lot of
intangibles missing in this hypothetical situation, but nevertheless,
this "what if" could be the trigger to set Mr. Jordan on a path that would
really put his name in the history books. He alone has the clout to bring this
to fruition. When are African Americans going to cease our disunity and
start cooperating with each other to do something on this scale?

When are African Americans going to stop being used by sport owners
and start thinking OWNERSHIP? Bob Johnson is great, but he had to be voted
in by 28 white men. If we collectively take what is ours in sports and
entertainment, and hold it back from the world until we own it, then we
can control our own destiny. It sounds far-fetched, but IT CAN BE DONE.

Then one such as Michael Jordan, the greatest player to ever play
basketball, would not have to worry ever again of being used by some
other "owner" for their personal financial gain. If Mike owned the league,
he's the one who'd be doing the firing and hiring. And then a person! like
Abe Pollin would have no choice but to respect the Greatest basketball
player to ever live.

What if....

WHAT IF YOU PASSED THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND IT GOT TO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EMAIL,

LIKE MIKE. YOU NEVER KNOW!!!! REMEMBER THESE WORDS... Those who don't understand interest, pay it; those who do, earn it. ~Dennis Kimbro~

What if....

WHAT IF YOU PASSED THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND IT GOT TO
SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EMAIL, LIKE Mr. MICHAEL
JORDAN. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW!!!! DON'T MERELY THINK ABOUT IT, BE ABOUT IT!!!

***************************************
Indeed we could accomplish so much if we could only act as a people as
a team.

Georgia

Hi Michael you are the best in the whole world.
You are very incredible when you play basketball.
I wish I could see one of your games but you dont play anymore.
I read your biography and I know a lot of things about you.

hi michael please come back and play bball i miss you

i miss you please come back ur the man man

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