I have a follow-up. Did Fox Sports Net's Jack Haley also rip you mercilessly back then?
Yes, he did.
Who is Fox Sports Net's Jack Haley?
I have no idea. Next. Mr. Roker.
Who wins in all this?
The Wizards come out looking like Miss Universe. They sign arguably the greatest player in history at a 97% discount ($1 million instead of the $33.1 million he made his last season). The value of the franchise may double. Plus, he'll probably play two seasons, after which they should have acres of cap room.
But the biggest winner is probably the Wizards' first-round pick, 19-year-old forward Kwame Brown. "Instead of getting abused by veterans, he gets embraced by the king of basketball," says Wizards assistant coach Johnnie Bach. On the bus, on the court, at dinners, the 38-year-old Jordan is giving Brown a crash course in NBA life. After all, when grasshopper Brown was barely two years old, master Jordan was already a pro. The other night, Jordan yelled at Brown to get dressed before the media came in. ( Jordan almost never presents himself to the public without looking like a Neiman Marcus catalog.) The lessons aren't free, though. After practice, Brown has to shoot against Jordan for cash money and almost always loses. As Jordan tells him, "You reach. I teach."
Is it true that Chicago Sun-Times writer Lacy Banks wrote back in March that if you had simply checked with either Jordan, Falk or Jordan's personal trainer, Tim Graver—all of whom denied that Jordan was coming back—you would've saved yourself "a lot of embarrassment"?