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November 01, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he's learned to be quicker in admitting mistakes

    Ten bullet points from Michael Jordan’s conversation with the Observer Friday:

            -- He says the biggest thing he’s learned as an owner is to be quicker to admit and correct mistakes. He mentioned the one-season tenure of Mike Dunlap as coach as an example. “I liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said I could have played for him. But that’s not today’s kid. The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids articulate what (Clifford) is saying.”

            -- He singled out Josh McRoberts as an important part to the roster, in part because his savvy balances off a young roster. “The success of this team is McRoberts – how he can connect the dots.”

            -- He particularly likes how much the players on this team get along: “I see 15 guys who get along. The environment, the culture, in the locker room is very positive. That shows, especially on defense. It’s not that they won’t make mistakes, but there is effort. The rules and players may change, but energy and effort never changes.”

            -- Jordan said it’s probably more on the other Bobcats to assimilate to center Al Jefferson than the other way around: “Al knows what to do when he gets the ball in the post. We’ve never had post passers. It’s never anything we’ve had to do.”

            -- Jordan said the new collective bargaining agreement should make it harder for stars to band together into super teams like the Miami Heat.

            -- He expressed frustration that only one player – Cody Zeller – auditioned for the Bobcats in the run-up to the No. 4 pick: “You’re asking us to roll the dice when the product can’t really be seen. You’ve got that one season (before top college players turn pro) and then you don’t get to see them (when agents don’t allow workouts). It’s an even tougher process when you can’t work them out. No one gets a job without an interview.”

            -- What he favors in Zeller: “I like versatile guys, guys who can play multiple positions. We needed a young kid who was coachable, who had a high basketball IQ.”

            -- Jordan on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: “He is a hard-working kid. He’s learning on the run. It’s not that he doesn’t have talent. But it’s hard to learn in this (NBA) culture because there are so many games. (Bismack) Biyombo is the same way.”

            -- Jordan expects Kemba Walker to benefit greatly from working with assistant coach Mark Price.

            -- Jordan likes where the franchise is positioned, in terms of future first-round picks (Detroit
and Portland owe the Bobcats picks) and salary-cap flexibility.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM | Permalink


can't say i disagree with a thing mentioned. i like what he said about dunlap....had more to do with catering to the kids than about the coaching itself. you can see that. clifford is wayyyyyyy more personable, but that doesn't make dunlap a bad coach because he was more of a robot.

coach K is quite the robot. a lot of people feel that way about rick Carlisle or larry brown. but nba coaches have become way more personable and popularity driven in the past 10 years.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 1, 2013 1:46:14 PM

I like this Bobcats team a lot. I think the two biggest challenges are around getting more experience and what to do at the three. Taylor has star potential - but MKG is the high draft pick. Plus - if the Bobcats do end up with a high draft pick in 2014 the biggest talent in this draft are small forwards. I think it will be very interesting to see who ends up the three for 2014-2015.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 1, 2013 2:30:56 PM

i don't think there should be any debate between taylor and MKG at this point. taylor still hasn't done more in NBA action and he's over 4 years older. the things he did in summer league this summer.....MKG did last summer. taylor still has to prove its not just hype from games that don't matter.

if you land a wiggins or parker....you can always play MKG as the backup and also alongside them either in small ball or big wing lineups.

randle will play the 4 in the nba. hairston is a 2, smarts a 1, exum is a 2, selden is a 2, embiid is a 5, hezonja is a 2, and the harrison twins are 1-2s.

If you land wiggins....there are no questions. same with randle. you just make a chris webber for anfernee hardaway type trade. the question is....wtf do we do if we're picking 4th and smart is on the board? or wtf do we do when we have 3 lottery picks, none in the top 5?

you could play wiggins/taylor/MKG in a 3 man rotation at the 2-3 because of taylor and MKG's defensive abilities to guard any position. offensively, there's no difference between the 2 and the 3.

basketball gods owe us one this next lottery.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 1, 2013 3:26:05 PM

Please with the pipe dream draft stuff. Why rely on something rigged? Wiggins has yet to play one game of college basketball.

Taylor had a phenomenal Summer League, preseason, and he led the entire Euro League playing for Sweden in points per game. Way more then MKG has ever accomplished.

Charlottean you keep throwing up age. Age is irrelevant. If you have talent, you have talent, whether you are 12 or 45. MKG does not have a reliable jumper.

Thompson, Davis, Parsons, Sanders, Faried, Batum, Leonard, Ibaka, Lilliard, Holiday, Wall, Irving, Hardin, Rose, Westbrook, all under 25 all better then MKG. He will never touch these guys three, four, five years from now.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Nov 1, 2013 4:01:38 PM

Not true, D.W.G.; both MKG and Biyombo have huge potential as they mature. They basically have been been kids in a man's game. I'm on the buy side for both of their futures; especially BB, and almost to the same extent with MKG

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Nov 1, 2013 4:07:18 PM

The Rod Higgins mistake has yet to be corrected.

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 1, 2013 5:21:51 PM

taylor's nba career high: 18
mkg's? 25. and he did it twice. with 12 rebounds. and he's 4 years younger......which absolutely matters.

we're you fully grown at 19? i know I wasn't. mentally and physically both. and experience comes in play with that. MKG hasn't been breathing longer so he definitely hasn't played more basketball for longer.

biz has been putting up mediocre NBA numbers while guys like alex len who is less than a year younger than biyombo put up mediocre numbers in college against 6-7 ACC centers.

roy hibbert just started putting up good nba numbers 2 years ago at age 25. age only matters if facts do.

jrue holiday is actually a great example (you're making the points for me) he was mediocre until last year where he broke out at age 22.

chandler parsons is 25. he's 5 years older than mkg. he just broke out last year.

sanders broke out last year too. year 3 age 24. he's 25 now.

ibaka was 23, he's 24 now.
lillard is 23.
faried is 24 in 3 weeks. he averaged 11.5 ppg last year to MKG's 9 with the 4 year age difference.
thompson put up a whopping 11.7 at age 21. 2.5 year difference
kawhi put up that monster 11.9 at age 21, 2 year difference.

davis, rose, wall, irving......number 1 picks. and rose was 20 as a rookie. wall was 20 also. westbrook was too.

harden put up 9.9 as a 19 year old rookie. 12.2 year 2 before taking off year 3 as a 22 year old and then blowing the eff up last year at age 23.

batum?! 5.4 as a 20 year old rookie. 10.1 year 2. dude turns 25 in december and hasn't averaged more than 14.3 in a season and has a career 11.1 average. career 15.5 PER. MKG posted 14.0 in his 19 year old rookie year.

again.....you're making the point for me. and yeah....that dude absolutely will be that caliber player.

wasn't it something like only lebron and jordan put up 25 and 12 as a rookie? and MKG did it twice. i swear some of you guys never watch the game.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 1, 2013 5:37:52 PM

Good post D.W.G.

How many years will it be until this franchise can say they have gotten past the 1st round on two separate occasions?

The Knicks have done it once in the last 13 seasons. Their owner is almost as dumb as Air Minimum, not quite, but almost, and has waaaaaaaaaaay more cash to burn. 20 years for us to,do it twice? 30?

After all, going deep into the playoffs repeatedly is after all what His Minimumness promised, right?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 1, 2013 6:05:00 PM

Jordan has been a winner his entire life unlike you NASTARR99. What kind of dumba#% name is that? Consider yourself demoted. You're now Nastar.000000001
You barely exist just to inflict your vitriol on those you are jealous of. Get a life loser.

Posted by: deepenwide | Nov 1, 2013 11:37:00 PM

The Jordan Bobcat hate is laughable. Glad Jordan bought the team and he has already done a ton of positive things in the community, I like the new coach and some of the young players. The arena was rocking last night. It was great to see!

Posted by: Steve | Nov 2, 2013 8:09:34 AM

Nothing but the facts ma'am, only the facts...

Nice win last night. Finally have a "team" on the floor, look halfway organized, and the effort surely was there. Imagine that, putting a sorta competitive product on the floor, who knew?!?

Will this team make the playoffs, and then lose in the first round?

Or will they miss the playoffs?

Slurpers, maybe the nosebleed sections were packed but in the first 8-12 rows 40-50% of the seats were empty. There was a section of 8 consecutive court side seats that went unused.

People, these are the sections/seats on which the financial health of this franchise hinges -- and the folks who can afford those seats (none of you) are looking for a LOT bang for their buck!

After this 1-1 start what's the new over/under on wins for the season?

charlottean, you must be miserable...first they stray from The Plan by signing Jefferson and now it looks like they might actually win a few games (not in The Plan)...

...what say Ye Slurpers?!?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 2, 2013 12:08:49 PM

^^^*is this the guy that worked for the Bobcats? Find a hobby already. What a F%^*^{ing clown you are. Sounds like you enjoyed it on TV. was there. Great crowd. 40 - 50%? Not even close. The lower seats were more full than the upper.

Thanks for keeping the team in Charlotte MJ. Thanks for what you do in the community. Thank you for the name change and thanks for putting a young exciting team on the floor. Look forward to more games like last night.

Love people that write things they would never put there name on. Why is that? Keyboard courage at its finest.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 2, 2013 12:29:21 PM

Blah blah blah.......slurp slurp.


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 2, 2013 5:13:30 PM

if they win with the young guys, it IS the plan. if they win on jefferson/sessions/gordon/mcroberts/tolliver's back then it's absolute idiocracy.

last night was a win for the youngns.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 2, 2013 6:01:57 PM

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