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Jordan reiterates he's happy coming off bench

Updated: April 15, 2003, 10:29 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Maybe Michael Jordan is just stubborn. Or perhaps he doesn't want the NBA All-Star Game to turn into a sappy farewell.

For sure, he's flattered by the gestures of young All-Star teammates Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson, who offered him their starting spots.

"It's respect for the elders, if you want to look at it in that sense,'' Jordan said Saturday, a day before his 14th and final All-Star appearance -- and the first as a reserve.

That doesn't mean Jordan has changed ...

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