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Flashback Friday: Michael Jordan's Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

michael jordan costumes may 1992If you know anything about Michael Jordan, then you know he's a pretty serious guy. Sure, he knows how to have fun. But you won't normally find him poking fun at himself. Not these days, at least.

But that wasn't always the case — and SI Kids has the photos to prove it!

Way back in May 1992, Michael Jordan made his second appearance on the cover of the magazine. (The first: Our very first issue in 1989!) The cover of that May issue promised a look at "Michael Mania," which gripped the NBA, and the country, for years. The Bulls were making a run for their second-straight title, and Air Jordan was leading the charge. What the cover didn't spill, though, was that Jordan let SI Kids put him in all sorts of goofy costumes.

That photo shoot is legendary around the SI Kids offices — and for good reason. The photos are great! And Jordan was a great sport.

So, with Halloween this weekend, we thought it was a good time to dust these images off. Think of it as our trick-or-treat gift to you! And if you still don't have an idea of what costume to wear on Saturday, let Michael be your inspiration! 
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Cavs Star Kevin Love on Injuries, Mouth Guards, and Making Another Finals Run

  • Hoophead
  • Lauren Shute
  • October 27, 2015, 8:32 AM

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The 2014 NBA season was especially tough for Kevin Love. In August, the power forward and his guard-like skills were traded in a three-team deal from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers. Love arrived in Cleveland and was met by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, and the big three instantly became the talk to the league. Despite loads of high — maybe even unrealistic — expectations early on, the group produced a championship-caliber team in their first-year together. 

But the 6’10’’ star’s season took an unexpected turn at the start of the playoffs when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. And Cleveland came up short in the NBA Finals against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Love, LeBron, and the rest of the Cavs officially turn the page when they open their 2015 season tonight against the Bulls in Chicago. SI Kids caught up with Love to talk about his injury history (mostly scrapes and sprains), what he learned from the sideline, and how he plans to emerge stronger this year. But first, we talked about working with the company Shock Doctor on their new mouth guard and why it’s important to have great mouth protection on the court.
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NBA's New-Look Jr. NBA is a Modernized Youth Basketball Program

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  • Lauren Shute
  • October 20, 2015, 10:52 AM

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The 2015 NBA season officially begins on October 27. But yesterday, the league celebrated a different kind of tip off.

On Monday, the NBA introduced a reshaped, modernized Jr. NBA. It’s a participation program designed to enhance the youth basketball experience for players ages 6-14, coaches, parents, teams, and organizations. And as part of the new Jr. NBA, every NBA, WNBA, and D-League team will partner with community partners such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA’s to grow an even bigger network dedicated to youth basketball.

The debut of the new-look Jr. NBA was just the beginning. Over the next week, more than 100 Jr. NBA clinics and practices will be held at NBA cities across the country to kick off the program.
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Minnesota Lynx Win Third WNBA Title in Five Years!

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  • Associated Press
  • October 15, 2015, 6:55 AM

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first Minnesota Lynx title felt like only the beginning, a star-studded core bursting on to the scene and changing the balance of power in the WNBA.

The second felt like redemption, a righting of the wrongs from a stunning upset the season before.

And the third? This is the one to be savored, the one to hold on to with a tight grip, just in case the opportunity doesn't come around again.
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WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne Helps Unveil Nike Women’s Basketball Collection

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  • Christina M. Tapper
  • October 6, 2015, 12:11 PM

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This was Elena Delle Donne’s year.

The Chicago Sky star won the 2015 WNBA MVP after leading the league in scoring (23.4 points per game) and free throw percentage (95%) — she made 207 of 218 shots from the charity stripe. 

Despite Delle Donne’s on-the-court domination, the 6-foot-5 guard/forward saw her team flounder in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last month. Delle Donne scored 40 points in a decisive game three against the Indiana Fever, but it wasn’t enough. The Sky’s season ended with a 100-89 loss.

“It just wasn’t my team’s year,” Delle Donne said at the launch of the Nike Women's Elite Basketball collection in New York City recently. 
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Aaliyah Kellogg

NBA Referee Violet Palmer is Still Breaking Barriers

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Violet Palmer is truly a trailblazer. In 1997, along with Dee Kantner, she became one of the first female referees in the NBA. Kantner left her post in 2002, but Palmer has continued to make history during her 18-year stint on the court. In addition to being the only woman to have held her position for as long as she has, Palmer is also the only woman to officiate the playoffs in any major American professional sport.

Palmer continues to break gender barriers and show the world that she can do her job as well as any man. I caught up with her during this offseason to chat about how she got started, criticism, and what it’s like to run into a player off the court.
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NBPA in South Africa: Sharing the Court with NBA Stars

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  • Jason Murphy
  • August 26, 2015, 3:38 PM

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Basketball is more than a game.

That was the focus of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation’s weeklong journey through South Africa in July. Three student-athletes joined NBA stars like Chris Paul and the Gasol brothers for a community service trip to positively change the lives of kids on and off the court. In a three-part series for, the lucky student-athletes share their experiences as part of the trip. They detail how they used the game they love to connect with the children of South Africa, how touring the country inspired them, and why bringing the NBA to Africa is a game-changing move.

The final entry comes from 14-year-old Marriotsville, Maryland, native Jason Murphy, who plays center and spearheads an annual backpack drive for his local Boys and Girls Club. Jason looks back at the All-Star game that concluded this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

When the email arrived selecting me as a winner of the National Basketball Players Association’s contest inviting student-athletes to South Africa, I was very excited. I would be going to the first NBA basketball game on the continent of Africa. I was also going to meet All-Star Chris Paul — who is the Players Association president and one of my favorite players — along with numerous other players. That was enough to make the trip awesome. But there was so much more, that I didn’t even consider. Ultimately, the trip exceeded my expectations in every manner.
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