- Associated Press - Thursday, October 14, 2010

ORLANDO, FLA. (AP) - The short time at Central Florida for Michael Jordan’s two sons has often been more hoopla than hoops.

There was the shoe controversy, the Twitter post and the Vegas video. Small miscues for anyone else, maybe. But when you’re Air Jordan’s sons, nothing is small.

“Everybody’s watching,” sophomore guard Marcus Jordan said. “I’ve known that for years and years. But I didn’t really see how high it was, that everybody’s really watching all the time, until this summer. But now I know.”

All it took was a push of a button for a reminder.


Marcus was in Las Vegas in August for his dad’s fantasy basketball camp with his brother, Jeff, and teammate A.J. Rompza. One day, Marcus bragged on Twitter about spending $50,000 on the Las Vegas Strip, including at Haze nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino. Later, a video posted by Jeff shows all three players hanging out at the Liquid Pool Lounge, the resort’s adults-only pool.

Probably not a smart idea when Marcus is underage.

The posts went viral and were enough for The Nevada Gaming Control Board to launch an investigation into MGM Resorts International. The control board’s findings were not made public, and the Jordans wouldn’t discuss specific details at the team’s media day Thursday.

New coach Donnie Jones, however, said he spoke with the Jordan brothers about making smarter decisions. The Jordans also apologized to teammates for causing distractions.

“It would be like you or I saying to everybody I just spent $100 at McDonald’s. Why share that?” Jones said. “And with them, the spotlight is always going to be there.”

Maybe now more so than ever.

Jeff transferred from Illinois this summer, turning brothers into teammates for the first time since Marcus was a sophomore in high school. Jeff will have to sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules and will have one year of eligibility left next season.

Already, life is different.

Not too many athletes get a chance to play alongside their sibling at the college level. Then again, not too many are in dorm rooms playing video games that have their father on the cover. Or have a dad who’s the majority owner of an NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats, which just so happened to be in town Thursday night against the Orlando Magic on UCF’s media day.

That shadow tends to follow them around.

Jeff, 21, has been doing regular media interviews since he was in seventh grade. Being the younger brother, Marcus watched Jeff experience the hype and the crowds and the national television audiences that swarmed because of their last name.

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