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December 10, 2011

What do the Bobcats think of new CBA?

    The Bobcats, and owner Michael Jordan, had a big stake in how this new collective bargaining agreement would treat small-market franchises

            Jordan hasn’t been at training camp yet, but the team’s vice chairman, Curtis Polk (Jordan’s longtime financial advisor), offered a review of the CBA Saturday in a one-on-one interview with the Observer.

            “I would say it’s improved the situation quite a bit,’’ Polk told the Observer. “It’s not perfect, but it’s improved the playing field to make us more competitive.’’

            Asked for specifics on how the new deal is better than the old one, Polk said, “The combination of the new revenue-sharing (between large and small markets) with the reduction in (salary-cap) exceptions. -- in particular, how tax-paying teams can use them. That’s going to make for more competitive balance.

“Also, things like shorter contracts will make for more flexibility.’’

    The new CBA shortens the maximum number of years a player can sign for, regardless of whether he’s re-signing with his own team or changing teams. Now a team can re-sign its own player for up to five years, another team's player for up to four.

    That reduces some of the risk of long-term guarantees and might place some players back on the open market closer to their prime.

    A former agent and colleague of David Falk, Polk is an interesting guy -- very smart, kind of cocky (though not in a way that puts you off) and quite secure in his assessments. You'd need to be that man to watch over Jordan's assets. Polk is quietly the second-most important voice in Bobcats management.

    I've been working on a long profile of Polk and his 20-plus year relationship with Jordan. It should appear sometime this preseason in the Observer and on charlotteobserver.com

Posted by Observer Sports on December 10, 2011 at 03:56 PM | Permalink


With due respect to Mr. Jordan, he should take a look at the N.Y. Knicks and get an idea of what not to do.


Small-market teams need to do the opposite.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | Dec 10, 2011 8:55:41 PM

Or you can choose to link your blog instead if posting the link like a normal person. By the way, Donnie Walsh did a superb job in rectifying Isiah Thomas ' wrong doings, and giving the Knicks an opportunity to get a Stoudemire, and Anthony. But that's a whole other story.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Dec 11, 2011 1:15:12 AM

who cares? the NBA sucks....They came back way too early in my opinion

Posted by: deadmule | Dec 11, 2011 2:15:40 PM

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