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SBD/February 17, 2012/Franchises
Bobcats Seeing Rise In Attendance Despite On-Court Struggles
Published February 17, 2012
RESPONSIBILITY FALLS ON JORDAN: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said there is not a "bigger fan of Michael Jordan" than he is, but the team is doing poorly because the Bobcats owner "has not been spending money” on players. Jordan’s career has "been awful" as an executive, particularly as an owner, and “when you’re this bad, you don’t need to be owning a team because clearly he doesn’t have the capital that the other owners have.” The Bobcats fan base is “starving for somebody to support” it and “this is pretty damn pathetic how awful they look.” The team is “a walking embarrassment right now,” and “obviously, it’s on Michael Jordan’s watch because he’s the owner.” Smith: “He’s got to sell his franchise, not just to the fan base, but to players out there. Not just spending some money, but you got to go out there and you have got to be in guy’s faces. You are Michael Jordan. To have your name associated with this level of ineptitude, it’s just bad” (“The Drive,” WFNZ-AM, 2/16). ESPN’s Michael Smith said if Jordan is not responsible for the team's dismal record this season, "then who?" Smith: "He’s the guy making the decisions. It’s fascinating how one of the greatest competitors and greatest winners in team sports we’ve ever seen is associated with such futility. ... Everything about him has been about saving money or keeping money out of the players’ pockets. That’s his legacy as an owner in Charlotte.” When asked if this will hurt his legacy, Smith said, “No, because people still are lining up to buy Jordans” (“Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN2, 2/16).