For Jordan, shoe is on the other foot this time
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
|Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.(Getty Images/AFP)
If the NBA season is cancelled as a result of the lockout, it will be interesting to see if any players stop wearing Jordan brand sneakers whenever they get back on the court.
Michael Jordan, widely considered the greatest to ever play the game and now the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, angered many current competitors with his hard-line approach to negotiating.
Jordan and other smaller-market owners want to see significant changes in the next collective bargaining agreement that can make their teams more profitable and competitive.
During the previous lockout in 1998, Jordan made headlines for sneering at Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin: “If you can’t make a profit you should sell your team.”
Not surprisingly, some players fired back at Jordan for his changed behaviour this time around.
“I’m not wearing Jordans no more,” current Wizards guard Nick Young tweeted.
“Can’t believe what I just seen and heard from MJ. Elvis Done Left The Building.”
Added Warriors rookie Klay Thompson, the son of 1978 No. 1 overall selection Mychal Thompson:
“You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro.”
Pacers rising star Paul George responded to Thompson by saying Jordan: “Should’ve been the 1st one behind us (shake my head).”
According to numerous sources, Jordan has not opened his mouth when the union was in the room, but has been very vocal when only owners were present.