This has been a downright miserable season for Michael Jordan, the NBA living legend who now owns the laughingstock Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats are threatening for the worst winning percentage of all time, and that being the case, Jordan spoke to the Charlotte Observer to defend himself against the critics who have spoken out this season.
“It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me,” Jordan said. “The people who say that aren’t in the room. The idea that people can’t do that is just wrong. [Vice chairman Curtis Polk] has worked with me for over 20 years, and he’s never had a problem telling me no. [President of basketball operations Rod Higgins] has no problem telling me no. [President Fred Whitfield] has no problem telling me no. And [GM Rich Cho] is about as direct and candid a person as you’ll ever meet.”
Jordan’s Bobcats are an NBA-worst 7-57 — if they don’t find a way to win one of their last two games this season, they’ll finish with the worst record in history. Sixteen years ago, Jordan led the best team of all time, the 1995-96 Bulls; now he might be running the worst.
In addition to allegations that he’s let his ego get out of control, Jordan also addressed complaints that the Bobcats have “tanked” this season to win the draft lottery. Despite trading away his veteran talent and fielding an undermanned, inexperienced team for most of this season, Jordan insists that he’s tried to win.
“This was going to be a trying year; we knew that,” Jordan said. “But did we want to chase the most Ping-Pong balls? No way.”