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NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:34 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Basketball legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan became the face of the hard-liner NBA owners this week, when a report broke that he is the face of a group of 10-14 owners who think a 50/50 revenue split with the players is too generous, preferring instead to offer a 47 percent stake.

On Saturday, as labor talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were winding down, at least three NBA players took to Twitter to express their frustration with Jordan. 

"I'm not wearing Jordans no more," Washington Wizards guard Nick Young said. "Can't believe what I just seen and heard from MJ. Elvis Done Left The Building." 

"Damn MJ," Indiana Pacers guard Paul George wondered aloud. "That's how you feel?"

Later, Golden State Warriors rookie wing Klay Thompson replied to George: "You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro."

George agreed: "Man straight hypocrite bro.. He should've been the 1st one behind us smh."

The charges of hypocrisy stem from the fact that Jordan was a major advocate for NBA players' rights during his playing days. During the 1998 labor negotiations, for example, Jordan famously told then-Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin: "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team."
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:02 am
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

@gagepark88 OKC was lucky but they also are managed well.  They resisted temptation to spend big when they were losing on over the hill stars in free agency.  Also, San Antonio is a small market team and has won multiple championships over the past decade.  Sacramento is a small market team, and discounting recent struggles, they were on the cusp of a ring or two if it werent for Shaq.  Their management went to crap and they went to crap.  Portland is another small market team that has been successful until they decided to go through 3 GM's in 18 months(it seems like it anyway)  Luck has a lot to do with it but so does management.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:32 am
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Michael can pick up some walking around money in Vegas if the lockout continues.  He's a master in the casinos!!



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:48 am
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

I hate Jordan, but all he does is win.  He is 100% self absorbed.  Anyone remember Hall of Fame induction speech.  The players got no chance with MJ on the owners side.  lol, the nba sucks




Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:29 am
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

I don't see why the young NBA ballers are shocked.  MJ signed a long-term deal that he "out-performed" according to today's terminology.  Instead of making a big deal out of it to the media, demanding a renegotiated contract, or a trade, Jordan played out his contract and made his money from his brand.  Thus, when his contract finally expired, his record-breaking one-year deal was really just back-pay.  MJ was a "company man" back then and he is a company man now.  He also seems to believe in paying dues and stratification among players (from stuff I've read about him).  Jordan came along at the right time with his amazing talents and capitalized on the phenomenon of globalization more than any other athlete of his era, but he was also a shrewd businessman, a risk-taker, and someone who loved power.  That's what makes him different from most other NBA ballers past and present, and much less a hypocrite than these young guys realize.  I think he still believes an owner who can't turn a profit should sell his team, but that doesn't mean that he believes the current CBA is favorable to NBA ownership.  So to me, he's no hypocrite; he simply owns an NBA franchise in a small market, and wants to create a set of conditions that are favorable to turning a profit.  If he was the president of the player's union, I have no doubt that he would bargain just as hard for the players, but he happens to be on the other side of the table, and he doesn't like to lose.





Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:01 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Oklahoma City, aka Seattle, has simply made good draft picks.  Part has been the luck they had in not getting the #1 pick and Greg Oden.  They drafted Durant by default.  None of their key players were FAs.  Name the other star-studded small market teams that are consistent title contenders.  You can't because their aren't any.  Being a 5th or 6th seed doesn't make you a contender.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:55 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

MJ wasn't paid until the latter stages of his career.  He made less than "Hot Rod" Williams at a point in his career.  Jordan deserved every cent of every dollar he ever made on the court.  Nick Young, Paul George, and Klay "I haven't even played in an NBA game yet" Thompson haven't done anything to deserve the millions they earn other than getting drafted by an NBA club. 


The Bobcats and alot of other small teams are dying right now.  If the players are upset, start pointing fingers at superstars who are trying to form dream teams and hanging their franchises out to dry.  Screw the NBA.   Cancel the entire league for all I care.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 3:36 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

This shows just how little you know about Stern and the lockout.  Stern is fighting to make sure that the large market teams DON'T rule things.  He is fighting to make sure that all of the great players don't head to the glamour markets (NY, LA & MIA, to name 3 of them).  GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
Thank goodness for the lockout oitherwise a small market team like Oklahoma City would never get any talented players.

If small market owners don't know how to run their teams they should sell to someone who knows how to run one. The lockout wants to help idiot owners who don't know what they are doing (hello, Phoenix)



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:33 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

This shows just how little you know about Stern and the lockout.  Stern is fighting to make sure that the large market teams DON'T rule things.  He is fighting to make sure that all of the great players don't head to the glamour markets (NY, LA & MIA, to name 3 of them).  GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

As for MJ, we all know that life looks differently as time goes on.  I think that he now knows that he is on the correct side-of-the-fence this time. Cool



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:45 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

I guess no one remembers that until the last coulple to few years of his career MJ did not have a contract that reflected that he was the greatest player in the league. That he was making millions off of endorsements does not factor into the equation. Now people are questioning his choices? It was was commendable back then.  All of a sudden he doesn't remember when he was a player? Give me a freaking break!! Oh, by the way the Bulls or MJ were never my favorite team or player. Just thought I'd throw that in (as far as favoritism goes).



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:45 pm
 

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

life alwats looks differant from the other side of the fence. you make your stand depending on your needs. its the same as anyone else in business who was once a in the union and is now manangement 


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