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Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 2:44 pm
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Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Just when you thought that the possible decertificiation of the National Basketball Players Association was the biggest threat to the 2011-2012 NBA season, the Greatest Basketball Player Of All Time is reportedly stepping into the forefront, reminding everyone that the world of hoops still revolves around him.

NBA legend Michael Jordan, the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, is reportedly leading a band of owners who believe that a 50/50 split of Basketball-Related Income is too much for the owners to give up.

The New York Times has the details.
The owners’ faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. That group wanted the players’ share set no higher than 47 percent, and it was upset when league negotiators proposed a 50-50 split last month.

According to the person who spoke with the owners, Jordan’s faction intends to vote against the 50-50 deal, if negotiations get that far. Saturday’s owners meeting was arranged in part to address that concern.

A majority of the 29 owners are believed to support a 50-50 deal, but they are reluctant to move further. “There’s no one who’s interested in going above 50 percent,” said the person who has spoken with the owners.

Assuming the report's accurary, it's a fairly stunning about-face for Jordan. In 1998, just 13 years ago, Jordan famously told Abe Pollin, then owner of the Washington Wizards, that he should sell his team if he can't make a profit, rather than take a "hard stand" against the players. Fourteen years later, with the situation reversed, Jordan now so embodies hard-line ownership that he has become the group's public face. 

Removing Jordan from this equation, you don't have to read too far between the lines to see what's happening.

This is the ownership's response to the idea that the threat of decertification might serve as leverage to improve the owners' offer to players during Saturday's negotiating session. It produces a clear choice for the players: Take a 50/50 split, which you say that you don't want, because it will be the best offer made, period. And, please, consider the fact that there is a large, vocal minority pushing the offer back the other direction if you decide not to accept it. In other words, this information attempts to incentivize the players to cave now rather than to cave later. It appeals to any insecurity they might have about the direction of the negotiations, presents 50/50 as a reasonable alternative to the season-spiking chaos that goes along with decertification, and attempts to extinguish any hope that 52.5 percent, or even 51 percent, is a future possibility.

That Jordan has become the front man for all of this could very well end up taking some of the luster off his pristine reputation as the years pass. Or, it could get swept under the rug like many of his other transgressions. His motiviations are clear enough. the Bobcats struggle to win games, struggle to sell tickets and struggle to generate revenue. They can make a better case than most teams that the NBA's current model is broken. 

But the Bobcats' struggles will be lost in the shadow that Jordan's legend inevitably casts over everything in his vicinity. Each individual NBA player -- whether he's attended regional meetings, negotiating sessions, or not -- must now process the fact that the man many of them hold up as an idol on the court now clearly sits on the other side of the room in the current labor battle.

It's one thing to negotiate against NBA commissioner David Stern. It's quite another to know that Stern is the good guy trying to hold the greatest to ever lace them up in check. You couldn't blame NBA players if they felt deflated after reading this. Negotiating against lawyers is bad enough. Negotiating against your hero is damn near impossible. 

Hat tip: Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Michael Jordan to skip golf's President's Cup

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-jordan-golf

The ongoing NBA lockout continues to cramp Michael Jordan's style.

The Greatest Basketball Player Of All Time and Charlotte Bobcats owner has decided to skip the President's Cup golf tournament in Australia because the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have yet to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Jordan was set to be an "assistant captain" for the United States team that will be competing later this month. 
Jordan, the Charlotte Bobcats majority owner, was slated to be an assistant captain for the U.S. team at Royal Melbourne in Australia from Nov. 17-20. But he announced earlier this week he is stepping down from that role, citing the lockout as his reason.

"With the NBA labor situation unsettled, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I feel it is necessary that I remain in the country," Jordan said in a statement.

The President's Cup is a tournament that pits American golfers against non-American, non-European golfers at rotating venues around the globe. 

This isn't the first time that the ongoing NBA lockout has impeded Jordan's enjoyment of the links. Back in July, the NBA warned Jordan not to compete in the same foursome with current NBA players at a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, lest he be subject to a fine for violating the league's gag order, which prohibits contact between team executives and players.

Is Jordan's presence in the United States absolutely necessary for his organization and the negotiations as a whole? Of course not. This is simply about appeareances. It doesn't look that great if your game's most recognizable and popular personage skips out of the country to enjoy a relaxing, stress-free, international golf outing while the rest of his fellow owners continue to glare across the boardroom at the current players, refusing to yield in their collective positions and forcing the fans to sit around on their hands waiting for the season to finally start.

That's a bad look. Jordan's presence in Australia would open up himself, his organization and his fellow owners to all sorts of criticism. Plus, it's halfway around the world and Tiger Woods isn't good at golf anymore, so who cares?

RELATED: Michael Jordan trash talked United States President Bill Clinton on the golf course
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Baron Davis looking at Knicks, Bobcats or Lakers?

Posted by Royce Young

All this talk about the new amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement tend to ignore one important aspect: The player that gets waived is basically a free agent and can go anywhere he wants.

There are a lot of prime amnesty candidates out there -- Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, Marvin Williams, Al Harrington -- but those are also good basketball players that any team would be interested in signing. For example, Baron Davis.

The Cavs don't need him. They drafted Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall and are eager to turn the team over to him. So obviously they'd like to remove that $27 million they're owed to Davis through 2013 if they could.

But where would Baron go? According to ESPN.com, he has three places in mind: the Lakers, the Knicks and the Bobcats. There was talk about the Heat, but that interest only seems to be one way with Miami looking at Davis.

Davis clearly doesn't want to sit behind a rookie, playing limited minutes. He saw a bit of a resurgence last season alley-ooping Blake Griffin and probably see himself with a chance to finish his career strong. He's saying the right things though.

"[I'm] really looking forward to playing with, and mentoring, Kyrie," Davis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last month. "He's so talented, creative, smart, has so much potential and could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers' franchise for many years to come. I've been talking to him a lot this summer about NBA life, and in Cleveland, he's going to learn so much from coach [Byron] Scott, who will be a great mentor as well."

The best fit for him really probably would be the Lakers though. Derek Fisher doesn't have much time left and Davis' hometown is Los Angeles. It's just a matter of where he's at physically and if he's completely willing to fit in alongside Kobe, which can be a task. But bring in the good Baron Davis to play with Kobe, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol and you've got some big time firepower.

The Knicks? It would work, but that would be a post-Chauncey Billups solution and I think the Knicks have higher hopes than Davis. Probably not possible given their cap situation, but they'd sure like more. The Bobcats are a fit because they need talent. They did however just draft Kemba Walker so Davis would find himself in pretty much the exact same situation he had in Cleveland.

Miami really would be a good landing spot for him, but he'd probably have to take a little less and while a lot of older veterans saw an opportunity with the Heat, Davis doesn't seem like the kind of guy that's willing to just hitch himself to a team in order to chase a ring. He's still got game left and wants to play.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 6:19 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

You spoke out against the family. You threw your brothers under the bus. For that, you must pay.

Yahoo Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern has fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 for violating the NBA's gag order for a series of Twitter messages he posted on Friday night. The Sun-Sentinel later confirmed the report.

The messages were posted on Arison's account - @MickyArison - in the hours after labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketballl Players Association broke down.

Arison responded to an angry fan who blamed him for being a "greedy pig" by saying that he was "barking at the wrong owner." He also said that owners "care alot" about the NBA's fans and laughed when asked for his opinion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, deleted a number of messages, including the "barking" one, from his account shortly after posting them.

The Heat's owner was recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. After he spent the summer of 2010 assembling a veritable dream team of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it's no wonder he might want to get the NBA's schedule started sooner rather than later.

The tweets likely drew such a hefty fine because they represented the first real public fissure in ownerships' position. By and large, the NBA's owners have issued very few comments on the state of negotiations and certainly no one had deviated from the league's message as drastically as Arison did. 

NBA legend Michael Jordan, currently the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was reportedly fined $100,000 for his comments about the lockout in September. Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was also reportedly fined for discussing multiple players during the lockout.
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:53 am
 

Video: Under Armour 'Are you from Here?' campaign

By Matt Moore

Under Armour has launched its first real campaign with its new stable of basketball players including Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams. The concept is built around "Are you from Here?" with "Here" being that mystical place where competition is all that matters, dribbling is poetry, and the journey is more important than the destination. "Here" is also code word for "getting your face kicked in in practice so you can be the best you can be." The ad features the new stable (Williams, Walker, along with signature athlete Brandon Jennings, and without Greivis Vasquez) in a series of grueling practice sessions in various training centers. 

It's not bad, even if it's low on brand exposure for the athletes themselves. Maybe that will come with subsequent spots. It's not bone chilling, but it got a little frosty.  

Here's the ad, via Dime. 

Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Oakley: LeBron missing what Michael Jordan had

Posted by Ben Golliver

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If your goal is to measure a man's worth, you probably want to talk to Ernest Hemingway, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Charles Oakley. Those guys pretty clearly established themselves as the experts at sizing people up. Hemingway would take the subject to the bar to see how much he could drink, King would distill a man's soul in a few lines of speech, and Oakley, one of the NBA's most notorious tough guys, would just stand there, glaring, seeing if the guy flinched. What more do you need to know?

As such, HoopsWorld.com asked Oakley to chime in with his thoughts about much-maligned Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James. Earlier this year, former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen declared that James would go down as the greatest basketball player of all time, ranking ahead of The Greatest Player Of All Time, Bulls guard Michael Jordan. Pippen later walked back the comments but the damage was done.

Here's what Oakley had to say.
"I wouldn’t put [James and Jordan] in the same conversation."

"It took a while for Michael to win championships too, but they have a different swagger, a different demeanor. If I would compare anybody to Michael Jordan, it would be Kobe Bryant. Point blank. I know LeBron well; he don’t have what Michael have so I’m not even gonna discuss that one." 

"To be a superstar (LeBron) has to go back to his fundamentals… work on his post game, work off the ball."
Not in the same converation. Not even going to discuss it. Has to get back to his fundamentals. Wham. Bam. Thank you, ma'am.

It goes without saying that Oakley is about as biased as one can get in this particular evaluation. After all, he was Jordan's teammate with the Bulls and Wizards, serving as an on-court bodyguard and off-court gambling buddy. He also served as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, a team Jordan owns, and the two are reportedly close friends. Nothing has changed since the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons tried to rough up Jordan back in the day; Oakley still has his buddy's back.

But we shouldn't dismiss the finer points of Oakley's account simply because of his relationship with Jordan. After all, he's not really covering new ground in attacking James' psyche, polish and determination. His is just another voice repeating similar nit-picks of James' game that have persisted for years. It doesn't sound personal to Oakley. Just frank talk, as always. 

It's worth noting that Oakley and Pippen, who both spent significant time around Jordan, have such divergent opinions. Perhaps that's because Pippen was still around to win six titles with the Bulls while Oakley retired having never won a ring. It would be easy -- perhaps even natural -- for Pippen to take all that winning for granted or to assign himself an outsized portion of the credit for those six titles. Oakley, though, has no such luxury. He can only view Jordan as The Greatest through the lens of a man who saw him develop first-hand and then was defeated, time and again after he was traded to the New York Knicks, by the fully-formed product. Perspective is a mother!
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:43 am
 

Adam Morrison ejected after shoving match video

Posted by Ben Golliver

2006 NBA lottery pick Adam Morrison signed up with Crvena Zvezda of the Serbian league less than a month ago, but he's wasted no time in making a strong first impressions mark. In a game against Germany's Bayern Munich, Morrison got into a tussle with Bogdan Radosavlejevic that led to his eventual ejection, much to the crowd's delight.

Following a missed Crvena Zvezda jumper, the two players got caught up on each other going for the rebound, and as they came back down the court, both took exception to the other's excessive contact. The two then faced off chest to chest, with Radosavlejevic shoving Morrison hard with both hands into his body. Morrison fell backwards slightly but caught himself, and eventually had to be restrained by both a teammate and a referee. Both he and Radosavlejevic were escorted from the court and, as Morrison departed, he was saluted by his teammates and cheered on by the home fans. 

Via Sportando.net, here's the video of Adam Morrison getting ejected in Serbia after a tussle uploaded by YouTube user MrRedStarBelgrade.



Morrison lasted just three seasons in the NBA due to a knee injury and the fact that he couldn't guard anyone. The No. 3 overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats out of Gonzaga, he also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, posting career averages of 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.4 minutes per game.
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Michael Jordan earned $60 million last year

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-jordan-suit

Breaking news: Michael Jordan is still super rich and marketable.

Forbes.com, the world's leading expert in determining and ranking the wealth of rich people, reports that Jordan actually made more money off the court in 2011 than he did during his career, even though nearly a decade has passed since his retirement. 
We estimate that Jordan earned $60 million over the past year mainly through his endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports and Five Star Fragrances. He also owns five restaurants and a car dealership in North Carolina. His annual earnings are greater than any other sports figure save Tiger Woods who topped our world’s highest-paid athletes this year.

At Jordan’s peak during his playing career, he was making $50 million off the court through sponsorships. He also banked $63 million in combined salary during his last two years with the Bulls.
Well, now we know what television commentator Charles Barkley was talking about when he recently said that a $100,000 fine Jordan received from the NBA for violating the league's lockout gag order was just a "drop in the bucket" for his golfing buddy. My goodness. 

By comparison, Forbes.com also notes that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is the leading current NBA player in endorsement income, netting $53 million. Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James checks in at $48 million. Those numbers include their current salaries.

You can also look at it this way: Jordan, who recently became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, took home more in endorsement money last year than he is currently scheduled to pay in salary to his entire team in 2011-2012. StoryTellersContracts.com estimates that the Bobcats will spend $53 million to pay 11 players next season. 

Forbes atributes Jordan's outstanding earning power to his popularity, likeability, the fact that he generally avoided scandals and controversies during his career and that he didn't face the same scrutiny as athletes of today.
 
 
 
 
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