I’ve tried to hold firm on a promise I made to myself when the NBA lockout started. I wanted to avoid writing about the pissing match between greedy owners & ill led players as much as possible ,because giving them attention for acting like the imbeciles they are only irritates this NBA die hard. Think about this–news broke Wednesday that the two sides will finally meet again this week to try and save their precious Christmas day games. Tell me David Stern & Billy Hunter, where have you been the past week? Why haven’t you been meeting constantly to solve this?
Sorry for getting off course, but they just infuriate me.
Where was I? Oh yeah, not wanting to give these ass-hats the time of day during the lockout…
It’s hard to not write about my favorite league, what can I say? You know when you have a ton to do for work or school and refuse to go out drinking with your friends? It’s a noble plan until they convince you to “go out for a few drinks.” We all know how that turns out. Next thing you know, you wake up reeking of booze (shots most likely) and Mexican food.
That’s how I am with writing about the lockout. So consider this an impulsive night out for those few drinks.
Michael Jordan has been chastised for not supporting the players in this labor fight. It’s been said that he is using this lockout as a way to ensure that none of today’s stars approach his accomplishments, and a way for him to let everybody know that he is still the alpha dog. What do these players expect from him? They make the money they make because he came along and globalized the game. Without him, they never would have gotten 57% of all BRI to begin with. It’s comical to think that he somehow owes today’s players something. Look, I completely understand how sadistic Jordan can be, but all he is doing is acting like an owner of a small market NBA franchise that has no chance to ever win a championship.
The greatest player ever isn’t making players feel his wrath the way he did opponents back in the day, just to be an asshole. He knows that the new CBA will give him either a puncher’s chance to build a contender, or none whatsoever (choose the latter). MJ is a horrendous executive, and that’s never going to change. How do we know this? Because you can’t run your team from the rough on the 16th hole.
Hardline owner MJ is fighting a losing battle because he resides in a dead ass market where no major free agent will ever consider signing. Sorry Mike, but no amount of retro Jordan’s will have Chris Paul, Dwight Howard or anyone other future free agent consider your offers.
And knowing the insane competitor that Jordan is, he’ll never be down with trying the full blown tear down project that his nemesis Jerry Krause tried with the Bulls after the ’98 title. Sure, MJ gave away Gerald Wallace for cap space & 1st round picks that he’ll undoubtedly ruin, but look at the Tyrus Thomas contract. What part of rebuilding and loading up on picks the Thunder way does giving a headcase without a position $40 million over 5 years?
Jordan can’t help himself in these situations. His disdain for losing won’t allow him to not spend bad money. And once the new CBA is agreed upon, more will be spent. Jordan might use the amnesty clause to rid himself of the former Bull, but he will fall into a trap that all small market teams do…Overpaying for bums.
It’s just a matter of who will be the lucky scrub to cash in on the Bobcats cap space. And since Jordan is prone to drafting undersized 2 guards with bad knees (Kemba Walker), a project who might be 7 or 8 years older than he says (Bismack Biyombo) & no talent hacks who don’t translate to the quick twitch world of the association (Adam Morrison).
Jordan isn’t trying to spite today’s players as a way to reaffirm his legend and standing as the greatest ever. That can’t be touched, no matter how ignorant some “experts” are. But for the first time since putting $20 down on the Bobcats (just a guess), Jordan is facing a reality than he rarely saw as a killer on the court. His tenure as Bobcats owner has already been determined. That’s why he is fighting so hard to get every last advantage he can out of this negotiation. Because, unless a hard cap NHL style system is put into place (not happening), he’ll continue to scratch & claw in a game that he has no chance of winning.