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Michael Jordan violates gag order?

Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 11:13 am
By Matt Moore

So the NBA has this thing they're pretty particular about. They don't want anyone on their side of the table talking about players. Not coaches, not PR reps, not trainers, not management, not owners, no one. It's a total gag rule. They've threatened massive fines for violations of this rule from David Stern, and David Kahn has reportedly felt the wrath already. Now? It looks like the Greatest of All-Time is headed for a lightening of his wallet. Michael Jordan spoke with Australian newspaper the Herald Sun and had a nice long chat with them about the lockout, what the owners want... and Andrew Bogut
"We have stars like Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team."

"Bogut is a good piece to build around for Milwaukee," Jordan said.

"I love Bogut's game. He's made a very good start and he's definitely gonna be a star. His big problem is that he's been dealing with that elbow injury. But he is a star to be reckoned with (and) will be a star for some time."
via Michael Jordan airs Andrew Bogut issue | Herald Sun.

That's three different mentions of He Who Must Not Be Named Along With The Rest Of His Union. This in addition to Jordan talking not only about the owners' goals in the lockout, but about revenue sharing. That's not going to make the Commissioner happy, even on his vacation.  

The whole rule seems a little silly. You don't want to compromise your bargaining position, sure. But Jordan made a comment about a man who exists to a newspaper in the guy's home country. He's not giving up the farm in negotiations (though talking about how important revenue sharing is when the owners want to keep it off the table until the rest of the CBA is settled is probably not the most favorite thing for the NBA). There shouldn't be any big deal about this.

Then again, that's kind of what's been going on with this lockout. Making everything into a huge deal.  

(HT: SI)

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:38 pm

Michael Jordan violates gag order?

So what you are saying is a that Michael Jordan telling the Australian media what they want to here, that Andrew Bogut is a good player, will effect David Sterns bargaining position.  As long as we are putting words in each others mouths, this is the conclusion that I drew from your comments.  Michael Jordan did more for the game in his pinkie finger then David Stern the dictactor did in all his years.  David Stern did nothing for Jordan.  Stern road Jordans coat tails.  The only thing Stern did was turn the league into the biggest joke of all pro sports, do the favortism shown to large market teams.  No wonder so many teams are in the red, because Stern has turned his back on them. No games will be played this season due to David Stern.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:37 pm

Michael Jordan violates gag order?

So what you are saying is that he can say whatever he wants without repurcussions and every other should be held to a different standard simply because he is michael jordan and they are not?  The NBA would not be what it is today without David Stern.  Michael Jordan would not be what he is today without David Stern.  David Stern would not be what he is today without the help of many.  Michael Jordan is an owner and not a player.  If he doesn't wish to be an owner he can easily sell his pct. and say whatever the bleep he wants to say.  Everyone seems to think David Stern"s job is so easy.  He has to balance some very powerful and serious people and their egos.  People like mikael prokorhov have much more influence, power and money than a michael jordan and may not appreciate it if mj was given free reign while they were on a short leash.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:09 pm

Michael Jordan violates gag order?

Who cares what he says! He is Michael Frekin Jordan! The NBA would not be what it is today if it wasn't for him.  Dave Stern should just be thanking him for still be involved in the game.

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