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JORDAN CALLED "KONGZHONG FEIREN," OR SPACE FLIER, IN CHINA
Published June 16, 1998
To the Chinese, Michael Jordan "remains America's king," according to Elisabeth Rosenthal, who writes from Beijing about Jordan and the NBA's reach in China on the front page of the N.Y. TIMES. The Chinese have named Jordan "kongzhong feiren -- 'space flier.'" When a Beijing company recently asked 1,000 Chinese to name the best-known Americans ever, Jordan was second, "trailing Thomas Edison by just a few percentage points. Behind him were Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Bill Gates" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16). RELOADING? In Chicago, Terry Armour reports that the TRIBUNE "has learned the Bulls are prepared to offer" Bulls F Scottie Pippen a two-year deal worth $35-40M in an effort to keep the team intact (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/16). Arrests in Chicago after the Bulls' title win were down 22% from last year, "with 451 people arrested, mostly for disorderly conduct." Police spokesperson Pat Camden said that arrests for "serious incidents" were down "even more significantly," from 144 last year to 77 this year (SUN-TIMES, 6/16).