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Monday High Noon Hot Stat Soup

Monday High Noon Hot Stat Soup

Monday High Noon Hot Stat Soup

So, Sunday was Michael Jordan´s 50th birthday, so we take this occassion to steal some Jordan nuggets. (John Swart/AP file photo)
So, Sunday was Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, so we take this occassion to steal some Jordan nuggets. (John Swart/AP file photo)

So, Sunday was Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, so we take this occassion to steal some Jordan nuggets, mostly from ESPN Stats & Info:

♦ As a player, Jordan's teams had a .659 winning percentage. As an executive, his teams have had a .357 winning percentage.

♦ Jordan had five future Hall of Famers as NBA teammates, and another in college. Obviously, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman were long-time Bulls with Jordan. George Gervin (1985-86), Artis Gilmore (1987-88) and Robert Parish (1996-97) each shared a different season in Chicago with Jordan. And he had James Worthy as a Tar Heel teammate as a freshman.

♦ Jordan had a Hall of Fame coach at four different stops in his career: Bob Knight (1984 Olympics), Chuck Daly (1992 Olympics), Dean Smith (North Carolina) and Phil Jackson (Bulls).

♦ Jordan never played 48 minutes in a regulation NBA game. Wilt Chamberlain did so 73 times ... in the 1961-62 season. And he played every minute of six overtime games that season.

♦ The NBA's annual TV revenue during the 1984-85 season (Jordan's second) was $28.5 million. Last season, it was $930 million. That is an increase of 3100% percent.

♦ And while Feb. 17 is the birthday of the person who may be the greatest basketball player of all time, it may also be the same birthday as the greatest football player of all time. The great Jim Brown turned 77 Sunday ... And before you ask, the best NHL player we could with that birthday was Luc Robitaille (born 1966; 1,394 points in 1,431 games) ... And the most noted baseball player? Well, how about Willy Pipp (born 1893), not known so much for his 1,941 hits, as for the player (Lou Gehrig) that replaced him on a particular day off and played 2,130 consecutive games.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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