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February 10, 2011

Wallace On MJ's Game: "He Still Has It."

   Michael Jordan may be past his basketball prime these days but evidently not that far past it.

    "He's Mike. He's been kicking our (rear ends)," Bobcats captain Gerald Wallace said Thursday after Jordan had participated in the team's practice again.

   "He still has it. He doesn’t have his quickness but he’s a scorer, he’s a shooter. The last thing to go is your jump shot and he still has that."

    Jordan wore an orange jersey during practice and iced both knees when he was finished. Asked if the orange jersey meant Jordan got special treatment on the court, Wallace said no.

   "We don’t treat him like a quarterback out here. We hit him," Wallace said.

   "It just means he’s on third string."

    Bobcats coach Paul Silas laughed at the suggestion Jordan was a third-stringer on the team he owns. Silas said he likes that Jordan holds the players accountable when he practices with them and Jordan uses it as a teaching opportunity, particularly how to play defense and communicate. The intensity level, SIlas said, rises when Jordan participates.

  "Guys work a little bit harder when he’s out here and rightly so because he’s working hard," Silas said "He’s doing a job on them if they’re not right. You’re not going to let him do a job on you if you’ve got any pride."

   How much does Jordan have left?

   "He still can shoot the basketball like unbelievable and he can move well but at his age he couldn’t do it substantially enough for a long period of time," Silas said. 

  "But for a short period of time, he can get it done."

-- Ron Green Jr.

 

Posted by Observer Sports on February 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

The old man still has it. Suit him up!! Curious as to how MJ and Jack are getting along. I have seen the looks MJ gives him when he gets T'd up, and it is not pleasant. I expect Jack will be playing elsewere next year.

Posted by: BobcatsFAN | Feb 10, 2011 3:56:13 PM

Dammit I love these Bobcats!!!!

Posted by: Da Ing Man | Feb 10, 2011 4:07:59 PM

Can we get some video? That would really hype everyone up to see MJ going up against our Bobcat players.

Posted by: On and On | Feb 10, 2011 4:11:21 PM

Ha! I love it!

Posted by: onion | Feb 10, 2011 4:41:52 PM

I don't care who you are or how you feel about the Bobcats. That is just freaking cool!!

Posted by: Curtis | Feb 10, 2011 5:23:39 PM

MJ specializes in the Cats area of greatest weakness...shot creation and spot-up jump shooting. I'd love to see a 30 PPG shooting guard on this team (other than Michael).

Posted by: Shane | Feb 10, 2011 5:28:25 PM

Jordan is Over Rated!

Posted by: Renee Stipcak | Feb 10, 2011 5:30:43 PM

Who is Michael Jordan? Did he play in the NBA?

Posted by: bbfan | Feb 10, 2011 5:40:37 PM

On and On, a short video is on Bobcats.com

Posted by: QCKing | Feb 10, 2011 5:49:50 PM

I think MJ might as well come back. http://spencerengel.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-most-incomprehensive-roster-in-nba-history/

Posted by: Spencer Engel | Feb 10, 2011 7:34:35 PM

just one night! it's what the fans need to get them excited about this team. all eyes would be on charlotte for one night.

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 10, 2011 7:55:04 PM

Spencer Engel:

Wow! that blog is a little rough on the B Cats. A lot of it is sadly true, but I think DJ, Henderson and Tyrus are more valuable than they were given credit for. DJ and Henderson have shown me something since Silas has taken over. The label "Bust" no longer applies to either of them. They both appear to have a good future in this league.

Posted by: Chris G. | Feb 10, 2011 8:14:16 PM

Chris,

I think DJ will be really good. And who knows, maybe Tyrus will get his head on straight, be healthy and prove to an '04 Ben Wallace like player. Problem is, Tyrus so far has proved too inconsistent. I think it would've made more sense for the Cats just to keep Chandler, no? The big problem with this team is a lack of identity, and Chandler would go a long way to provide one. Just my two cents.

Posted by: Spencer Engel | Feb 10, 2011 9:27:53 PM

It can be like when Roger Dorn reactivates himself in Major League.

Except with the greatest player of all time.

Posted by: John W. | Feb 10, 2011 10:12:59 PM

Spencer- Hindsight is 20/20. Chandler was worthless here, barely playing, and playing softer than Diaw when he did play. Now he's Dallas' savior. Who knew?

Posted by: Mack | Feb 11, 2011 8:22:13 AM

jordan s overrated, hey renee do us a favor and stick something u know about, like putting on lipstick or a dress, 6 championship, scoring titles, defensive player of the year for 7 years and 1 or the best 50 greatest players of all time in nba, and he is overrated, thanks for the laugh hun....

Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Feb 11, 2011 8:57:33 AM

chris g,

i don't think you can apply the label "bust" to any bobcats draft pick. and especially not to guys like augustin or henderson (prior to silas) when they hadn't even gotten a chance yet. may, morrison, and ajinca are the only draft picks that even qualify and ajinca is still too young. may played better than just about any draft pick we've had in his 1st 2 seasons (when healthy) but the injuries did him in. morrison had the injury after his rookie year.


could yall imagine adam morrison playing for paul silas coming off that injury instead of larry brown? it'd be jackson but with less defense and less technicals and negativity probably another 5 ppg. and a younger guy. maybe not. maybe the injury WAS too severe. but i know the guy would have responded to silas better than brown that's for sure.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 11, 2011 9:12:29 AM

chris g,

i don't think you can apply the label "bust" to any bobcats draft pick. and especially not to guys like augustin or henderson (prior to silas) when they hadn't even gotten a chance yet. may, morrison, and ajinca are the only draft picks that even qualify and ajinca is still too young. may played better than just about any draft pick we've had in his 1st 2 seasons (when healthy) but the injuries did him in. morrison had the injury after his rookie year.


could yall imagine adam morrison playing for paul silas coming off that injury instead of larry brown? it'd be jackson but with less defense and less technicals and negativity probably another 5 ppg. and a younger guy. maybe not. maybe the injury WAS too severe. but i know the guy would have responded to silas better than brown that's for sure.
oh and chandler didn't get credit for this but he was definitely a positive leader for this team last year. he might have been hurt and in foul trouble and underperforming but he provided leadership that everybody gave felton credit for after the season.

btw him playing for dallas shows the nba ref's bias towards teams. the guy hasn't changed his game or how he sets picks or how he rebounds and blocks shots AT ALL. yet he doesn't get those ticky tack fouls he was collecting in bulk last year. helps to not be a bobcat i suppose.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 11, 2011 9:15:01 AM

Michael Jordan is simply the best basketball player ever. He was the ultimate alplha dog and commands respect wherever he goes. Nobody would dare call Michael Jordan a drama queen like LeBron! If Michael Jordan were to play in the N.B.A. right now, He would easily still be one of the best players in the game. He is so feared at the 1-2 position that most would just be timid to go against the best. He is dominant in every aspect of the game. He controls the game with his ability to make others buy into his way. He likes to play hard and expects others too as well. I think he had a major impact on Scottie Pippen's game so much and required him to preform at a higher level. If he would have been selected with the Trailblazers who knows how great Clyde Drexler would have been even though he was selected as one of the top 50 players at that time. I wish Michael Jordan could play and play till its over. He has all the gifts that a basketball player could ever need. He has passion, love, and most of all a warriors spirit. He wants to win at all cost. I wish I could have saw Michael play more. I am currently 30 years old but didn't pay a great deal to the professional league until I was around 13. I was more into college hoops and regret not watching him when I could. Each game he played like it was his last. Miss him alot!

Posted by: Charles Mclaughlin | Feb 11, 2011 11:05:07 AM

Great story! If anything, Jordan does this because he know's how critical it is for the team to close out the first half the season going into the all-star break. This will make a positive impact. This time the team is taking it well. '23' wins after the break will be key! GO MJ!!! GO BOBCATS!!!

Posted by: BobcatFanD | Feb 11, 2011 2:20:38 PM

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