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Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:19 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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NBA legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has drawn the scorn of NBA players past and present over the last few months, thanks to his hard-line, anti-player stance in the league's ongoing labor negotiations. 

In case you missed it, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace said that Jordan betrayed NBA players, former New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury called Jordan a "fake sellout", Golden State Warriors wing Klay Thompson and Indiana Pacers wing Paul George agreed that Jordan was a "straight hypocrite", and Washington Wizards guard Nick Young pledged never to wear Jordan's sneakers again. Jordan has generally enjoyed that rare combination of being loved, feared and respected, so all the criticism has been unusual, to say the least.

One prominent NBA player still has Jordan's back, though. Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, one of Jordan Brand's major marketing faces, expressed his loyalty to his sneaker boss in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel on Thursday
"I really didn't need to get involved in all that," Wade said. "Obviously I wear a different hat than certain other guys that got involved in it. And I stay away from it. I have an obligation and I have a job to do and I'm going to do my job."

"That's on Nick Young," Wade said. "That's his moment. Obviously, that's his own choice and decision and, you know, that's something he's going to have to deal with. I can't let that affect me. I have my own things to run, my own stuff to think about what I'm doing with my own shoes.

"Obviously, I heard about it, because you can't do nothing but hear about everything now, because there's nothing else to do."
When Wade refers to the fact that he wears a "different hat" than the players critical of Jordan, what he actually means is that he has his own very popular signature shoe with Jordan and that he is compensated handsomely for it. In 2007, BusinessWeek.com reported that Wade was pulling in roughly $10 million a year in shoe endorsements. By comparison, Young, who is signed with Nike according to the Washington Post, has made $7.4 million in NBA earnings during his 4-year NBA career.

Put simply: Jordan almost certainly pays Wade more money in one year than Young has made in his lifetime. We shouldn't be surprised in the slightest that the two men have different takes on MJ's role in these labor negotiations.

Wade, a Chicago native who grew up idolizing Jordan, modeling his game after No. 23, has earned nearly $70 million in NBA salary and tens of millions more off of endorsements. He could very well find himself on the owners' side of the table in future collective bargaining negotiations if he chooses to follow in Jordan's footsteps after he retires.

For better and worse, Wade, like Jordan, is so fully invested in the massive business system that surrounds the NBA that outside perception of their moral stands doesn't even come under consideration. The "job" and the "obligations" come first, second and third.
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Since: Apr 28, 2012
Posted on: May 3, 2012 11:44 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

 

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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

Wade is doing the right thing and his respect for his city of chicago and Michael Jordan shows! Its the righ thing to do and still stick with MJ and jumpman and in the end ists nothing personal its a business and things will be worked out! I have to commend D-Wade for that and he is definitely highly regarded and being a senior in the league step up and do what's right! Way to go D-Wade.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:31 am
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

Doesn't it seem like a conflict of interest for Jordan to own a team AND to a shoe company that does business with the players?  I wonder how often it happens in sports where your competitors actually work FOR you.  I don't know who owns what, but just saying.... if the Kraft family (who in my hypothentical situation) own the Patriots and the Kraft Foods Company wanted to hire Ben Rothlisberger to be a spokesperson for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese - would that be a conflict of interest?  If not, what if they wanted to hire Colts coach Jim Caldwell for that postion? 

Just saying.... It seems smart but somewhat dubious.

Bob Kraft doesnt own Kraft foods he owns The Kraft Group. But I definitly see your point! It is what it is!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

Did I miss something here? Jordan bought Nike? Jordan doesn't own Jordan shoes, Nike does? For that matter he doesn't even have 100% creative control in the subsidiary of Nike known as "Jordan Brand" Most comments read here and the story  would have you believe that Michael is running some shoe company and paying these endorsements out of his own pocket. Now I know my comment isn't nessisary to the story but I just wanted to clear this up a little because I think some readers might truely be mistaken.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

"Who is Nick Young?  What team does (or did) he play for?"

-Michael Jordan



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

I'd have to agree with you Moses, and to be honest I've never considered that angle before. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it seems. The NBA is willing to allow Dwayne Wade to essentially  for Michael Jordan, and yet they aren't allowed to play a round of golf together. I realize that golf thing was an extension of the lockout, but are you going to tell me Jordan hasn't been able to contact his clients through the shoe company? Very interesting indeed.

Guys, it's called a loophole.  The NBA can't force players to cancel endorsement deals, just because there is a lockout.  The endorsement deal is technically between Wade and Jordan's company, not Michael on a personal level regardless of the name on the shoes.  And the deal between Jordan's company and Wade was signed before the lockout.....  once again, there is nothing anybody can do in this case. 



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

I'd have to agree with you Moses, and to be honest I've never considered that angle before. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it seems. The NBA is willing to allow Dwayne Wade to essentially work for Michael Jordan, and yet they aren't allowed to play a round of golf together. I realize that golf thing was an extension of the lockout, but are you going to tell me Jordan hasn't been able to contact his clients through the shoe company? Very interesting indeed.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Wade pledges loyalty to Jordan despite lockout

Doesn't it seem like a conflict of interest for Jordan to own a team AND to a shoe company that does business with the players?  I wonder how often it happens in sports where your competitors actually work FOR you.  I don't know who owns what, but just saying.... if the Kraft family (who in my hypothentical situation) own the Patriots and the Kraft Foods Company wanted to hire Ben Rothlisberger to be a spokesperson for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese - would that be a conflict of interest?  If not, what if they wanted to hire Colts coach Jim Caldwell for that postion? 

Just saying.... It seems smart but somewhat dubious.


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