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Jordan story sorts out where others stand

If he'd given his spot to MJ or kept it, Vince Carter would've lost the battle of public opinion.

Originally Published: February 3, 2003
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Editor's note: As part of "The Stein Line" every Monday, ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein gives his take on things in "Slams and Dunks."

The debate about Michael Jordan's start-worthiness for Sunday's All-Star Game is the perfect illustration of the difference between a guy who's hot and guys who are not.

Hot Guy Tracy McGrady has been generally lauded for his willingness to let Jordan start in his place in Atlanta.

Allen Iverson, by no means a Hot Guy, has received comparatively ...

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