Jordan targeted in paternity suit
ATLANTA – An Atlanta woman has filed a lawsuit saying basketball Hall of Famer and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is the father of her teenage son.
The lawsuit was filed Feb. 6 by Pamela Smith in Fulton County Superior Court. It requests Jordan take a paternity test, pay child support and share medical, dental and hospital costs that are not covered by insurance.
The lawsuit also requests the boy’s last name be changed to Jordan, and for a judge to order the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate.
Publicist Estee Portnoy said Jordan had no comment and calls to Smith’s home and office were not immediately returned.
According to court documents, Smith does not have an attorney, and a court date is scheduled for March 12.
Magic Johnson makes
$1 million offer to LeBron: At New York, Magic Johnson is giving LeBron James a million reasons to consider the slam dunk contest.
The Hall of Famer said Friday during ESPN’s pregame show that he would put up $1 million if James finally entered the marquee event of All-Star Saturday night.
James has always refused to enter the contest, but he’s recently been putting on a dunking show before Miami’s games, reigniting interest in seeing him take part.
Johnson said: “Please LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I’m going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
The NBA currently pays $100,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the runner-up.
Bynum admits he may not play: At Philadelphia, Andrew Bynum’s latest setback may be the one that finally ends his season.
Bynum admitted for the first time that he may not play for the Philadelphia 76ers because of swelling in his right knee. Bynum had been steadfast since training camp that he would eventually make his Sixers’ debut, even setting an All-Star break target date. Bynum backed off Friday because he still had swelling in his right knee from five-on-five drills last week. Bynum, an All-Star last season with the Lakers, refused to commit to a comeback.
“It’s getting really late,” he said. “I don’t know.”
Building around their 7-foot center, the Sixers (22-34) expected to contend for the Atlantic Division title and make a deep run in the playoffs. Without him, they have lost seven straight entering today’s game against Golden State and are well behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Hornets’ Smith out for season: At New Orleans, Hornets general manager Dell Demps said 7-foot reserve forward and center Jason Smith will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.