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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Should Michael Jordan Play a Bigger Role in the NBA Lockout?


Except for one lapse in judgement, which turned out to be somewhat costly for him, Michael Jordan has largely been silent during the current NBA labor war, but perhaps MJ needs to step up and help end it, just like he did back in 1998-’99. From Yahoo! Sports: “The awkwardness of Jordan’s position – many of the same star players his ownership peers are negotiating against are part of his Jordan Brand stable – might have contributed to him distancing himself from the talks. But with NBA commissioner David Stern just cancelling the first two weeks of the season and putting the rest of the 2011-12 schedule on notice, the league would benefit from having Jordan’s presence at any future negotiations. Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said he and Stern will meet with a federal mediator next week – a positive step – but if there’s any one person within the league who can coax the two sides closer toward a middle ground, it’s likely Jordan. In simpler terms: The NBA once again needs its greatest player to come through in the clutch. Jordan’s background in the league is as diverse as anyone’s: He’s gone from star player to general manager to owner. He played (and worked) in big markets in Chicago and Washington, and is now trying to make the small-market Bobcats relevant in Charlotte. He entered the league making $630,000 as a rookie and earned as much as $33 million for a single season. He’s the only African-American majority owner in a league predominantly made up of African-Americans. Most of the league’s players still admire or respect Jordan. And even those that don’t trust him as an owner would at least listen to what he has to say. Yes, it’s a reach to think the league and Players Association will simply make peace and ignore the millions of dollars that separate them just because Jordan walks into the room. Yet, the two sides could use a voice of reason to cut through all the rhetoric, a voice to help steer them closer to a compromise, and Jordan’s still carries considerable influence. So far, however, Jordan has largely stayed out of the fray. He attended the owners’ board of governors meeting in Dallas last month, but no players were present. He’s been engaged in some franchise meetings with the Bobcats, but much of his recent time has been spent touring with his Michael Jordan Motorsports group.”

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  • http://facebook.com/situationeel lloydatoni

    yeah buddy

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Can the league not move on without his crutch of greatness? Dude is on the other side now. He’s not going to cut off his nose to spite his face to rectify what amounts to bratish behavior between adults.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HE CLEARLY DOES NOT WANT TO STICK HIS NECK OUT IN ANY KIND OF WAY.

  • http://www.slamonline.com tolo

    he doesnt have enough time and besides he’s probably burned out from ball and happy to focus on motorsport

  • T-Money

    why are people assumig that he is an awkward position? michael is about michael and michael is an owner now. he doesn’t give a rat’s a– about the players’ pov.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Hey Republicans buy sneakers too!

  • AD

    @YKnot please tell the jordan story… mayb ppl will realize jordan does not care bout anything but himself

  • Samco

    LEAVE MICHAEL JORDAN ALONE. He has earned the right to do nothing for the rest of his life.

  • AD

    ^^MAJOR SUCKING THERE MY FRIEND lol

  • thecomputerdude

    Well when he did say something he got fined $100,000. I would not say anything either.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Exactly @AD. Jordan is a capitalist first!

  • robb

    If MJ gets too involved he’d be in a lose-lose situation. Smart move by him.

  • Nigel

    Considering he’s the only one who has been on both sides of this kind of negotiation…… Hell Yes.

  • emma

    comman give mj a break! yeah i wnat him to interfere more but he is an owner now, he got fined, once again, hero in michael? his basketball days are over, each side should ease first. Even rodman says players should ease demans. But i hope the lockout will end soon because i miss the NBA!

  • @Deknowz

    He is the perfect person to play emissary. He speaks all of their languages.

  • http:jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    ya last time he said something he got fined, mj is gambler but not when the stakes are this high

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I think it’s safe to assume he doesn’t go to player-league meetings because he doesn’t want the guys who wear his shoes hear him tell Stern to cut their wages at any cost. He has a lot to lose in this situation.

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