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Silver says Jordan is 'trying hard' with Bobcats

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 3:21 pm
By Matt Moore 

Michael Jordan wants to work harder as an NBA owner. (Getty)
BOSTON-- At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Friday morning, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the impact of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and how it's impacting the smaller market teams, specifically the Charlotte Bobcats. His response was telling about both the Bobcats and the new CBA in regards to how the league has sold the deal to him. Specifically, Silver pointed to ownership and the role it plays in market dynamics.

"Michael (Jordan) has assured us that he's working harder than he ever has in his life & playing less golf," Silver said. Jordan's Bobcats are 4-29 and approaching historic levels of failure. Jordan has often been criticized for heading to the links and taking a passive approach first as minority owner and then later as majority owner. 

Silver noted that the new CBA has put teams in a better position to succeed with good management. Rich Cho is in his first year as GM and the rebuilding plan is very early in its infancy. Having a dedicated staff and ownership working in unison is the only way they're going to escape the gravity of their mediocrity which has only yielded one playoff appearance in team history. 

Silver also referenced the attendance success when the Hornets were located in Charlotte as evidence that the market is viable, while also admitting that small market teams will continue to struggle due to the alignment of market factors. Contraction is talked about a lot in regards to the Bobcats, but every indication from the league is that both the current and former Charlotte franchises (the Hornets) are both safe for the time being. 


Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:29 am

Silver says Jordan is 'trying hard' with Bobcats

He asked for it, now he's got it. He told the late Abe Polin of the Wizards before he died that "you're not making any money, why don't you sell it". Bob Johnson, the previos owner of the Bobcats why not making any money either. Jordan gets a hold of it and lets all the talent go. Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace and now Stephen Jackson. This was all done by Jordan. Larry Brown was quite upset last year when he found Felton was not picked up. Paul Silas said "you cannot win if you don't have talent". I understand he (Jordan) he is trying to cut payroll. I gues he thought he could manufacture wins. Everybody on the roster is a backup on most teams. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:35 pm

Silver says Jordan is 'trying hard' with Bobcats

Looking at the picture above, I can suggest one thing for Michael that would help - tuck your shirt in and act like a businessman. Jordan has pretty much devastated his franchise of substantial players. Gerald Wallace - his All-Star - is now in Portland, traded for Joel Przybilla (also back in Portland already) and Dante Cunningham (now with Memphis). How did that trade work out Michael? Rich Cho is a fine fellow. The media all tell us this. But he was released by Paul Allen from the Blazers after less than a year. And he is Michael's chief advisor. Michael already showed us how he would do as an executive with the Washington Wizards. That got really ugly. Now his second try is floundering as well. Where does the NBA go from here? Michael was a great player. Also a great gambler. But maybe not a great businessman.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:51 pm

Silver says Jordan is 'trying hard' with Bobcats

Who's the other crummy owner? Last time I checked, Richardson and the Panthers are on the upswing. 

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:01 pm

Silver says Jordan is "trying hard" with Bobcats

LMAO Jordan. Your suckiness as an owner is equal to your awesomeness as a player. That's pretty sucky. I feel sorry for the good people of Charlotte who now have had to put up with 2 crummy team owners. They deserve better.

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