• The Associated Press


NBA great Michael Jordan now has a basketball court named after him in the center of Tokyo.

The former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards star took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday to mark the opening of the “Jordan Court” in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

“I’m happy to be here and to be a part of this,” Jordan said. “I hope the kids can enjoy playing on this court and someday will make it to the NBA. I hope they learn how to dunk on this court.”

Jordan is in Tokyo as part of an Asian tour to promote his sports apparel brand.

In a scene reminiscent of David Beckham’s visit to the Japanese capital last summer, Japanese fans crammed city streets and the balconies of nearby buildings to get a glimpse of the legendary player.

A day earlier in Taiwan, Jordan said he is determined to buy his own U.S. basketball team in the not too distant future.

“My mission is to own a team, and I will go through every length to try to obtain that goal, and until someone’s ready to sell a team, I can’t steal a team, I can’t take a team, I have to be patient,” he told reporters in Taiwan.

Jordan didn’t specifically name the teams he is interested in buying, but said most of those he was investigating were on the U.S. East Coast.

“Hopefully, in the near future, I can go out and fulfill that dream of owning a basketball team, and preferably I’d like to do it on the East Coast, that’s where I live, that’s where I grew up,” said Jordan, who did not rule out buying a team from other areas.

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