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Michael Jordan & Celebrity Athletes Attend Hooptee Charity Golf Tournament

by Will Johnson & Alex Stegall
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(Courtesy of Alex Stegall/CBS Radio)

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Many of your favorite local and national celebrity athletes were on hand for Fred Whitfield’s 10th annual Hooptee Celebrity Golf Classic this week.  Located at the Ballantyne Hotel, the Hooptee Golf Tourney helps to support youth-based charitable activities in our area.

NBA legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was on hand to answer questions about his team and the future of the Charlotte Bobcats.

See Pictures From The Event Here!

Jordan talked a little about Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap and cited a few reasons for hiring him.

“I said that’s a guy I could play for,” Jordan said. “He’s very fair, he’s very honest, he’s straightforward, no curve balls. He has a strong passion for the game, and that’s hard to teach. I’m a strong believer that if you have a passion for something, you’re going to figure it out.”

Jordan also joked about his golf game, telling reporters that he just got out of a lesson in preparation for the tournament. “Try not to put me on TV that much,” he said, laughing.

And speaking of the Charlotte Bobcats, Brett Jensen talked with Bobcats President Fred Whitfield about how their new draft picks and potential off-season trades will impact their team this season.

Whitfield believes that the hiring of St. Johns’ assistant coach Mike Dunlop has already impacted the team greatly because he’s already in the gym throughout the day working out with players and running plays with the new draft picks Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor.  Even though the public didn’t know it as well, the Bobcats had Dunlop on their radar when they were searching for a new coach.

Golden State Warrior & Davidson Basketball alum Stephen Curry talked with Mac Attack about becoming not only a husband, but also a future father as they are expecting a baby in their lives in the next few weeks.  Curry, a Charlotte native, has been watching UNC-alum and new Warrior player Harrison Barnes a while now since Stephen’s brother Seth at Duke played Harrison this past season.

Shortly during his interview, Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason stopped by to talk about the impact of Cam Newton to their team and how he and his team will hopefully make it to the playoffs this year.

“The Mac Attack” did joke around with both guys in that Beason should help to recruit Stephen to come back and play for the Charlotte Bobcats since he’ll be in free agency next year.  This joke actually got into the debate of differences in the NFL and NBA draft.

Watch the interview to see who Curry and Beason think would win if the old and new Olympic Dream Teams ever faced off in a 10 game series!

Finally, Coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers talked about their upcoming summer practices and what they will be focusing on and developing skill-sets for the players.  Rivera is very pleased with the improvements in Beason’s injury from last season as well.

See Pictures From The Event Here!

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