- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at United Center in Chicago:
FALK CREDITS LEONSIS Michael Jordan’s one-time agent, David Falk, said all the credit for getting Jordan involved in sports in Washington goes to Capitals owner and Internet magnate Ted Leonsis. Falk still advises Jordan on business matters. When Jordan was looking at teams from the standpoint of obtaining a part-ownership, Falk said Leonsis would be the perfect fit.
“I don’t think anyone really realizes the role that Ted played,” Falk said. “I looked at Ted as the next-generation business mentor for Michael, someone who could pull him into the technological age and be a good friend and an adviser. That’s the reason we picked Washington, because of Ted.”
Jordan later hinted that the two Jerrys Bulls owner Reinsdorf and general manager Krause helped prevent Jordan from joining the Bulls in any capacity.
“I didn’t get the same type of opportunity that I got in Washington,” Jordan said. “At the time that situation was presented to me, all I had presented to me [by the Bulls] was something very simple. I don’t even want to go into what was offered me at the time. But things happen for a reason. I’m happy where I am. Unfortunately, I’m apart from the Chicago situation. But by no means did I have the same scenario, the same opportunities presented to me at that time.”
DA WHO? The Chicago Bears, who lost their NFC playoff game to the Eagles at Soldier Field later in the day, had a strong presence at the basketball game. Whether it was a fan holding up a football helmet, a kid wearing a Brian Urlacher jersey or the Bears chant that broke out in the fourth quarter, there was no forgetting that this is still a football town.
John N. Mitchell

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