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Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  24 responses

Michael Jordan Talks About the Charlotte Bobcats

The Associated Press caught up with the G.O.A.T. (who’s also on the cover of a special SLAM issue on newsstands now): “Michael Jordan has had little time to consider the significance of being the first ex-player to buy an NBA team and just the second black majority owner. The realities of what he’s taken on with the Charlotte Bobcats, on and off the court, have given him little time to reflect in what he calls his “shot of a lifetime. ‘Once we’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned this around and it’s proved to be successful, then it’ll be far more gratifying than just being a stat,’ Jordan told The Associated Press on Friday. ‘Someone who is the first to do it and doesn’t succeed, that to me is not intriguing.’ The Hall of Famer has experienced many of the unpleasant responsibilities of NBA ownership in the past seven months. He took on $150 million in debt with more on the way, lost starting point guard Raymond Felton in free agency, traded center Tyson Chandler essentially so Jordan wouldn’t pay a dollar-for-dollar luxury tax on payroll and had a couple months of uncertainty while coach Larry Brown wavered on if he’d return. Yet the six-time NBA champion is happy he pulled the trigger just minutes before his exclusive window to buy the team from Bob Johnson expired at midnight on Feb. 26. Johnson was set to tell the team to a group headed by former Houston Rockets executive George Postolos. ‘It almost didn’t happen. He actually gave me one last shot,’ Jordan said of Johnson, the first black majority owner in the NBA. ‘He gave me one last opportunity and we jumped on it as fast as we could.’ … ‘I think we’re going to be a better off team than we were last year,’ Jordan said. ‘We’re together, we’re coming off some success from last year. Granted, Raymond’s not here. But when you think about, Tyson came off the bench. At the minimum, we should make the playoffs.’”

To read more of Jordan, check the AP story.

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  • Nick

    Michael Jordan is not the GOAT.

  • dimo

    actually there won’t be a goat ever, because it’s mathematically illogical

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    He’s been calling all the shots ever since he first got involved with the team. Bob Johnson never cared and Mike muscled Bernie Bickerstaff out of the team. I like some of what he has been doing since he ‘took over’ but i still am not forgiving him for giving his buddy Sam Vincent a job a couple years ago.

  • http://www.twitter.com/clearheatvision Raj

    Hey MJ, how about getting over that ego, acknowledging that you need scoring / 2 guard position depth and sign Allen Iverson.

    It’s pretty much obvious he’s preventing this from happening.

  • birdman

    After what jordan has done for basketball world wide, after what you seen him do on court, what he provides an does off court, how can u not classify jordan as the “GOAT”!! Even though every individual has there own perspective of each and every player, no1 has been able to touch what jordan, is, was, and always will be….. The “GOAT”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    Wait if you trade your only ‘decent player’ so you dont pay tax and tou still are in this. NO disrespect but thats not a good quality in an owner. He better get his money up if he wants to runs this team. I wish him best of luck.

  • Hammer

    MJ! THE G.O.A.T.!! No 1 else need apply!

  • rich

    i was gonna say allen I is a perfect fit especially since they can run him at 2 with shawn livingston as the big point guard hes always deamed of.

  • ktokyo

    Allen Iverson won’t “help” any team he plays on. He’ll be a distraction, hog the ball and have a negative impact on the team.

  • LD

    Michael Jordan is one of the top 10 Charlotte Bobcats owners of all time.

  • Spencer

    A.I would fit in perfectly anywhere…somebody give him a job. Nobody wants to see his career end.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Kevin

    Completely right, ktokyo.

  • http://slamonline.com LAKERSLEGEND

    I just dont understand what MJ is doing with the bobcats hey man ur a legend baller n all but your roster bites if u cant put together a decent squad atleast change the name from bobcats and change ur horrific uniforms n colors…just a thought until u can fix ur roster get a star or two and a decent team fix something u can control the name n colors please!

  • http://www.google.com Tristan Warneke

    Chandler I wouldn’t say was ‘decent’ enough to not trade away. Wallace and Jackson are still ‘decent’ players, and if they were going to be bringing Tyson off the bench anyway…

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    LakersLegend i like the all caps name buddy, but dont forget that the team MJ owns is 1 of 2 NBA teams with a winning record against your boys. If that isnt decent then why does your team keep losing to them? NotBlack; Chandler wasnt even the 5th most important player on the Bobcats last year, and he defiantly isnt better than Wallace or Jackson in any way.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    adam morrison

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    LOL ^

  • Bryan

    Allen Iverson is DONE. Let it go people…

  • http://www.bunzl.com.au OZ Baller

    Carmello to Bobcats.

  • http://slamonline.com LAKERSLEGEND

    Oh wow BETCATS how dare you bring up those REGULAR SEASON LOSSES ??!?? oh wait a minute what was that regular season? hey tell me this how far have the bobcats gone in the playoffs oh ya thats right.. and as for lakers playing poorly against bobcats in regular season in recent years i dont know why but crash is one bad mofo but thats where it stops for the bobcatz

  • http://Trukingiii@aim.com Truking

    A.I. is not done Turkey is calling: Did mike say “PLAYOFFS” the bobcats is ass

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Charlotte should change their name from Bobcats to the Jordans. They could use the Jumpman as their logo.

  • ClydeSays

    More than anything, they’ve drafted poorly. They’ve had a 14 or more picks over the past five or six seasons, many of those lottery picks, and they passed up players like Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy, Robin Lopez, Courtney Lee, etc. Not superstars, but players you can build around. Okafor & Felton were their best picks and decent players. Both are off the team now.

    MJ should invest some money into better scouting & a GM that knows NBA talent when he sees it.

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