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September 06, 2012

Love says Michael Jordan and a ‘couple other guys’ will be hanging around U.S. team

Posted at 1:00 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Davis Love III, Michael Jordan, Ryder Cup

Anyone who's seen Space Jam knows that Michael Jordan has game -- or at least cartoon allies -- on the links.

Maybe that's why Davis Love III has invited the Bulls legend to serve as a motivator/assistant captain when the Ryder Cup returns to the Chicago area later this month. "I've talked to Michael," Love said during his Tuesday Ryder Cup press conference.  "Michael's going to be hanging around with Fred [Couples] probably a lot and be an influence."

Jordan served a similar role in the Presidents Cup for captain Couples, and now Love -- who was also on Couples's staff -- wants to recapture a little of His Airness's 90s magic:

One of the neatest things I ever saw in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom Kite. He came out to watch Freddie and I play and I thought that was one of the coolest things.

So I want my team, like Fred and I did, to get to see Michael. Rather than him sneaking around in the gallery, I want him to be seen and I want him to be in our team room, be hanging around and be a great influence.

Love mentioned that he'd like to have "a couple other guys" hanging around the team as well. It seems quite a few will also have the last name Love:

My brother, Mark, he and I are busy with another tournament at Sea Island two or three weeks after The Ryder Cup, so he's been helpful with everything I've done in golf and he's going to be there.  I told him, I just want you to sit in the cart and ride around with me and tell me what I'm supposed to be doing. He'll be a trusted advisor and he was probably a little too busy for the assistant captain's role.  He's going to be a big part of it, and obviously my whole family is going to be there.

Now doubt we'll hear more over the next few weeks about who will be riding in carts with Davis at Medinah. Expect a few more guest stars trying jockey for the best views.

Read the full transcript from Love's press conference at ASAPSports.com

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