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Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:14 am
Posted by Royce Young

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Michael Jordan has always been every players' hero. But right now, he's every players' enemy. He's the bad guy. He's the owner that's reportedly pushing hardline to a new level and trying to crush the players in every way possible.

Players that have revered him for years are now turning their backs on him. Why? Because Jordan once toed the line for the union famously standing up to Washington owner Abe Pollin during the 1998 negotiations.

And now Jordan's throwing that owner-speak back at the players. Which is why many have spoken out against His Airness. Stephon Marbury went so far as to call M.J. a "sellout." The latest to do it? Metta World Peace. Via

"We're the same guys that looked up to Michael Jordan when we were kids," he said. "Same guys that wanted to fly like Mike and be like Mike. Even though guys are with different companies, they still love Mike. Love his sneakers and everything. Guys just felt like he didn't support us when we most needed him. He's an owner now, so I guess he's just on the other side."

Artest, who often says wild, nonsensical things, really broke down this Jordan thing better than any player has. It was honest, and true. Jordan has meant everything to so many current players and for him to now toe the line with the owners is really hurtful. They feel like he's betrayed them. It's understandable why Jordan has done it though, like Artest said. He's an owner now so he's going to do owner things.

Some players have called M.J. a hypocrite, but the truth is, he's just an owner. I don't know what's worse right now though.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:22 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

This should be a good teaching moment to society as a whole not a just about basketball. Maybe now many people will see that "white" people arent the problem or that "whites" are holding blacks down. This proves its truly about the haves and have nots. Color has nothing to do with why things are done to certain people but we as a society love to say "blacks" are treated poorly because their color or "whites" have the power. Many white people are in the same situation in our society as blacks but the media and many of the so called leaders like to use color to separate us instead of the reality which is wealthy people make decisions that help them! These decisions arent made based on color but greed. So next time you want to say something or someone is racist maybe its time to think is it racism or classicism?

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

He did sellout, he has a short memory, but let's face it, his post nba career has been a failure. Can you say Kwmae Brown?

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:11 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

As a a lifetime Bulls fan I have always loved MJ.  But the one thing that has always been clear about MJ, is that no one love MJ more than MJ.  He realy doesn't care about anyone but himself.  Rules that apply to others don't apply to MJ.  Gambling, cheating on his wife, his arrogance is astonishing.  But to some extent that arrogance made him the GOAT, which he clearly is, no doubt.  So now he's trying to bury the very union he was once a member of.  Is that surprising?  Maybe, but not really.  MJ is out to cover for MJ.  Because one thing that's obvious, MJ is a horrible talent evaluator and a terrible owner. It seems the big bucks investors he and Stern roped into helping him buy the Hornets now want to get out of what is most likely an ever widening money pit.  Can you blame them?  No.  MJ's personnel decisions have been an embarrassment.  Now to try to keep them on his side he's going all Owner Rambo.  Well, his ploy is transparent but probably what he needs to do.  Think of it.  You trust MJ, invest a bunch and then he makes bad decisions and lose a ton of money. On top of it, the CBA expires and a long work stoppage appears imminent, which means more lost money.  MJ's puttiing on the full court, doberman defense to try to keep what he's got, which he probably didn't pay much for the opportunity to run.  We'll see what happens.  But if his career so far as an executive is any indicator, I'd say MJ is going to lose and lose big.  The symmetry is astonishing.  As big a winner as MJ was on the court he's just as big a loser as an executive.  Maybe there is such as thing as karma.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:36 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

Labrador Retrievers know when they've got a good thing going.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:03 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

looks like the players are just mad because they couldnt beat him on the court and now it looks like they wont beat him off the court. GO JORDAN!

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

Ron Artest lol what a clown !! the players betrayed hemselves , they actually think they are worth the millions and millions these Idiot owners have been throwing at them "...... well the owners got it finally after losing money at their sport .. the public doesn't care and doesn't miss basketball , i would rather see less talented players at a fair price than see these hot dogging tattooed freaks who can only dunk and not play a team game anymore at the outrageous prices these tickets are now ....... besides the players should know that fans are not loyal to the players and never have been it is the TEAM fans always support their team

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

Jordan is playing as hard as an owner as he did as a player..but the only problem now is that he is on a different side.  The players hate the fact that he is competing against them.

No matter what happens the players will never get crushed...they will still be millionaires.   The first deal was way too lopsided toward the players side,,this is just a market correction.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:51 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

If the players are smart they will accept this offer. As for Jordan and other small market teams if your failing to make money then sell them. And I am sure not calling Ron Artest Metta World Peace, what a moron for changing his name to this.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

A couple more quick thoughts: Firstly: great posts in this thread!

Secondly, I went to a fair number of games in Orlando last year. There are some die hard fans but to me it seemed like it was a place for those with money and fame to get dressed up and show their status by being courtside. A few celebs, many women dressed to the 9's, a lot of corporate money putting bodies in the seats, likely at taxpayer expense since spending tens of thousands on tickets is a tex write off. And many of those corporate seats- the individuals would NEVER pay that much if they were paying with their own money. Some folks never looked up from their phones, others smoozed and chatted: they were "the beautiful people."

Now if this is the base of the NBA's 4.7 billion dollars, then they had better be careful. If governments cut tax writeoffs, you let Howard move out of that market so they are going to watch Gilbert Arenas making 20+ million, you might be surprised how quickly and how far that 4.7 billion drops. Ok TV revenue is big but who will watch Orlando once Howard is gone? You will have one or two games per week worth watching. So TV revenue could be flushed too if the league doesn't fix itself.

So MJ, hold firm. Get a deal that will leave it possible for Charlotte to pick up a superstar.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:35 pm

Ron Artest says Michael Jordan betrayed players

Jordan is not only an owner. He is the owner in Charlotte: a small market where they struggle to fill the seats. Add to that, all these players who are now hating MJ: NONE of them would stoop to playing in Charlotte. They all want to play for the Heat, Lakers, Knicks, Celts, Mavs and maybe Chicago, OKC. And the system lets them do it. A half dozen very good teams, a few ok teams and 20+ teams that absolutely suck. Players pick and choose where they play. If they don't like where they are they just dog it until their team releases them and they sign for the minimum with a contender WHILE THE TEAM THEY DOGGED IT WITH CONTINUES TO PAY THEM! It is a very sick system.

Look, going to some NBA games is like watching D league yet paying NBA prices. It is not a sustainable model. The structure must be like hockey where there is only room to pay 1 or 2 superstars per team plus another 3-4 high end players. The NBA has turned into the Globtrotters vs a patsy team each night.

Some will say the current system DOES work: look at the 4.7 billion it generates. Well wait until Paul is gone to NYC, D Will is gone from Brooklyn and Howard signs with one of the top teams- and each year more and more stars cram into 5 or 6 teams. I'm telling you, we WILL reach the breaking point where no one will show up to see 24 starless teams.

If that is what the players want and if they win, then cut the league down to 10 teams, fold 10 teams and turn the other 10 teams into Developmental teams. That is what the stars want: too bad they don't think about the other 350 players in the league who are just trying to make a team and stay in the league.

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