April 26, 2012 |
The conversations between 23-year-old DeAndre Jordan and Chauncey Billups have been along the lines of a professor's engaging his student. It has been the wise Billups offering wisdom from his 15 years of NBA experience to the willing Jordan, much of it focused on how the young Clippers center can provide the team with a unique presence that can be similar to Ben Wallace's during his heyday with the Detroit Pistons. Billups has told Jordan that he can be a game-changer on defense, a force in the middle, an intimidator and a key rebounder — some of the traits Billups saw firsthand while playing with Wallace in Detroit.
April 30, 1997 |
Offense is not the only part of Michael Jordan's game. Jordan, winner of a record ninth NBA scoring title this season, is the second player in league history to be selected to the all-defensive first team eight times. Jordan tied Bobby Jones for the honor Tuesday when he was voted to the team by the league's coaches.
June 1, 1991 |
It's more a sign of the times than a geographical fact, so don't hold the Chicago Bulls too literally to this one. Besides, this is their day in the sand dune. A team that is known for offense, with the most explosive player of all, the Bulls have played defense throughout the playoffs, which, many would argue, is a more important ingredient to winning an NBA title.
January 31, 1991 |
Artist Wassef Mwafi, 35, has laid down his brush and is learning to use a gun along with thousands of Jordanians who want to defend their country and, if possible, fight for Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Jordanian officials said Wednesday that 323,000 men and women have volunteered for the Popular Army since Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait. The volunteers, aged 16 to 55, include doctors, engineers, lawyers, laborers, industrialists and Bedouins.
October 11, 1990 |
Prime Minister Mudar Badran told Parliament on Wednesday that he would consider popular demands to arm civilians to defend Jordan against Israel, Speaker Suleiman Arar said. Many deputies in the 80-seat Parliament want the government to buy light weapons and train all able-bodied Jordanians.
May 18, 1989 |
Forward Dennis Rodman, the Detroit Pistons' outstanding sixth man, and Chicago's Michael Jordan, the NBA scoring champion, head the league's All-Defensive team announced today. In balloting by the league's coaches, Rodman received 23 of a possible 24 first-team votes, plus one second-team vote, for a total of 47 points. Two points were awarded for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Jordan, the Bulls' high-scoring guard, was second in the voting with 39 points.