Friday, November 21, 2008

I blogged a couple of weeks ago, giving Michael Jordan props for being more visible in Charlotte for the start of the Bobcats' season. I'm still willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt on what seems to be his renewed commitment to the team. USA Today isn't so easy on him, though, in a story posted on its website last night, which I think is in this weekend's edition of the paper.

The writer interviewed head coach Larry Brown and team majority owner Bob Johnson for the story, titled "Where Jordan: Bobcats waiting for pieces to be assembled," and takes shots at Jordan for going to the big celebrity-filled grand opening party for the new resort in Dubai (pictures are all over the 'net of Dubai's over-the-top celebration).

Brown and Johnson talk openly about their desires and requests for Jordan to be more visible with the franchise. They almost sound desperate, begging even. But Brown makes a good point as to what Jordan means to his young team: "I just want Michael really, really, really involved. One, the players need to see him because of what he's about, what he accomplished."

The story goes on to chronicle the Bobcats' struggles on the court and with attendance at games. It also talks about possible player moves. Several media outlets have reported this week about the Bobcats actively pursuing trades, saying it might happen any day now if the Bobcats can strike the right deal with another team. Everyone from Matt Carroll to Adam Morrison to Gerald Wallace are rumored to be on the trading block.

"You know, there are six guys who might not be on our team in two, three weeks," Brown says in the story.

Click here to read the full story in USA Today.


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