May 09, 2003

(*)(*)(*) Jordan back to the Bulls? This journalist seems to be a real Jordan kiss-ass but he does admit Jordan stands a better chance of doing what he wants (running a franchise) at North Carolina than in Chicago, where Bulls owner Reinsdorf appears open to speaking with Jordan. [This post brought to you by the grum@work/djacob Local News Non-Favorite Sport Week. And by the upcoming Locker Room Interview with grum@work. Both begin next Monday!]

posted by worldcup2002 to basketball at 10:49 AM - 6 comments

I get three boobs, I mean, stars, because the post is entirely local (two stars!) and it's not about soccer (one star!). Also, the local partisanship is either annoying or endearing. And the article still lacks the polish (objectivity?) of say a larger pub like ESPN or SI. But then, maybe it's that quality which makes it endearing. As for Jordan, I really don't see him going back to the Bulls. This journalist is creaming his pants at the prospect, but really, Jordan will probably not want to take another position where he has to play second-fiddle. Of course, I hope the NC owner doesn't let his friendship with Jordan jeopardize his organization. Seems that Jordan's ego will take any organization down. Unless, of course, he sticks to one thing, say managing rather than playing/managing.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:58 AM on May 09, 2003

uh huh huh ... boobs. Isn't anyone taking into consideration the fact that Jordan SUCKED with the Wizards? Jesus, hire the guy to greet fans at the door or something. Don't give him a position of authority in personnel decisions.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:07 AM on May 09, 2003

I have mixed feelings about mikey returning to a NC franchise. On one hand, it would be a great marketing move, I'm sure if Jordan is hanging out and shows face during games/practice/team events we'd sell a ton of tickets and merchandise. The market is here for it. But really, he stinks when he's making front office decisions, I'd rather him take a figurehead roll with the team rather than president of basketball operations. Hopefully he would take a different mentality with an expansion franchise, build for the future, rather than trying to sneak into the playoffs in the next few years.

posted by corpse at 11:09 AM on May 09, 2003

Jordan is not--NOT--going back to the Bulls. Just because they'd be nuts to hire him, for reasons outlined by wfrazerjr above.

posted by Justin Slotman at 11:09 AM on May 09, 2003

Bob Johnson is waging a full court press to bring Jordan back to NC [note the clever basketball metaphor] and he’d seem to have the inside track since none of the other suitors are offering much control over basketball operations. I can’t believe Jordan’s ego would allow him to act as purely a glad-hander and in Charlotte he’d have a few honeymoon years before actual franchise success would be held against him. And there’s whispers that in Charlotte he might actually play again. Could that be true?

posted by kloeprich at 12:19 PM on May 09, 2003

Jordan will go to Charlotte, and he'll probably play, because he still can, and he'll not be able to handle doing both things. Dumb. It would be kinda cool, though ... nifty marketing tie-ins with the potential Charlotte Flight and Air Jordan, dontchaknow?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:23 PM on May 09, 2003

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