"OTL" Examines Michael Jordan's Ownership Amid Bobcats' Historic Losing Season
Michael Jordan's tenure as Bobcats owner was examined on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" yesterday following the team finishing the season with the lowest winning percentage in NBA history. Jordan has been part-owner of the club since in ’06, during which time the Bobcats have had just one winning season. Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sam Smith said the “conventional wisdom is he’s failed, he’s done a poor job." Smith: "I actually think it’s not the case because he’s getting himself cap room, he’s getting himself draft picks, and that’s how you become great in the NBA.” Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears said winning the NBA Draft Lottery on May 30 is “what it’s going to take to turn it around -- not Jordan’s greatness but luck. Spears: "When you’re in a small market it doesn’t matter if you got your logo on your shoe, it doesn’t matter how special you were as a player. ... Trying to win in a small market is the biggest challenge.” ESPN’s Jalen Rose said, “If you’re not in a big-time market, it’s very hard, tough to attract players. You must hit in the draft.” ESPN’s Coleen Dominguez noted Jordan denied a report questioning his future with the team, claiming he is 100% "committed to building the Bobcats into a contender and have no plans to sell the team.” The Washington Post’s Michael Leahy noted there frequently is "criticism that he hasn’t spent enough time around the team, paying attention to matters” in Charlotte. Those issues “rekindle the old questions from the Washington days about the level of Michael’s enthusiasm and commitment.” Leahy added, “We’re talking about this story because it involves Michael Jordan” (“Outside The Lines,” ESPN, 4/29). ESPN’s Michael Smith said the Bobcats “were poorly constructed by Michael Jordan.” Smith: “The entire state of North Carolina is ashamed of this team. Anybody who bought a ticket to see this team play -- God bless you -- are ashamed of this.” ESPN’s Jemele Hill said Jordan “needs to be ashamed” for the Bobcats concluding the season with a 7-59 record and an active 23-game losing streak (“Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN2, 4/27).