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DIME SMACK: MJ's Garden Party

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Mike was awesome yesterday. In his final game at MSG, MJ started off slowly. Then, in one of the dumber things we¿ve seen all year, , of all people, decided to start yapping at Mike. Next thing you know, Mike had 26 at the half and finished the game with 39 ¿ Almost entertaining as Jordan¿s scoring was his post-game press conference when he basically called out his entire team. "It's very disappointing when a 40-year-man has more desire than a 24-, 25-, or 23-year old, diving for loose balls, busting his chin and doing everything he can to get his team into the playoffs, and it's not reciprocated from the other players on the team,'' Jordan said. "Until guys let go of that macho, cool attitude and do the necessary things that it takes to play the game of basketball, it's going to be tough for Washington to make anything.'' There was a Larry Bird-esuqe moment in the game when Jordan dove for a loose ball and smacked his face on the floor ¿ Somehow ABC didn't think to broadcast the pre-game introductions so we could all see the ovation from the Garden crowd. The other two lowlights of the broadcast came courtesy of David Aldridge. First, he reported that MJ wouldn't be wearing retro kicks for the game because they give him blisters. Then the camera focussed on MJ's grey Jordan XI's. Second, Aldridge stumbled awkwardly through a courtside interview with Jay-Z, trying his best to act like he knew who he was interviewing ... Besides being awful this season, probably can¿t wait for the season, and his run with Michael, to be over. Before the game, Stack was interviewed outside the locker room. When he was asked about how great it¿s been playing with Jordan, he looked like he was suddenly getting a root canal ¿ As hot as Philly¿s been lately, they looked completely overmatched against the yesterday. True, they were at the end of a long road trip, but they still didn¿t have the personnel to deal with Shaq and the boys ¿ Peter Vecsey reported yesterday that it¿s practically already a done deal that will sign with the in the offseason ¿ The /Pitt game yesterday was so close to being one of the best stories of the entire college season. ¿Nova, with only 7 players available, none of which were named Buchanan, Fraser or Wright, battled back from a 20-point defecit and then came within 2 points of knocking off #7 Pitt. ? Not good. Dude hideously bricked a string of foul shots in crunch time. Not the way to be the great leader that everyone¿s always on his jock about being ¿ Not only did T-Macscore 43 against the in less than 3 quarters, he had outscored Denver by himself until it was almost time for him to check out of the game ¿ Good luck getting anyone to tune in if this is true: There¿s a rumor that HBO is planning on killing off Tony in the first episode of the Sopranos because the show¿s producers are so fed up with his demands to paid $2.5 million per episode ¿ We¿re out like ratings.

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