News conferences rarely reveal. Questions are asked, answers are given and there often is a staged quality to the proceedings.
I learned little I didn't already know about Michael Jordan at his news conference Thursday night. But I acknowledge that he was impressive. He answered every question and looked every questioner in the eye.
His passion for his new endeavor was apparent. He said he would buy a house in Charlotte but wouldn't live here exclusively.
Jordan doesn't need to live here full-time. He talked about his kids and about spending time with them, and he ought to. Kids, regardless of age, are an opportunity. The Bobcats are a job.
The job has been part-time. Jordan has been a tourist, a guest. That won't work. But he sounds as if he no longer will be a temp. He sounds as if he is serious, and with the money he has invested and the time he will invest, we wouldn't he be?
On another note, what's in a name? Do you really care if he changes the name of the team? Several readers have emailed to suggest he change Bobcats to Jordanaires. I emailed them back and said sip, don't guzzle.
The Bobcats might be a testament to Bob Johnson, who sold the team to Jordan. Johsnon is to owners what George Seifert was to football coaches. But by next season nobody will remember Bob. As unappealing as the name is, the team has grown into it. Say a thing enough and it fits. Bobcats fit.
If I'm Michael, my goal is to make the playoffs, win playoff games and eventually a series and eventually compete for a championship, and to convince the city that the team is theirs. Those are my priorities. Changing the name is not.