Michael Jordan: A Hardline Hypocrite?
A group of between 10 and 14 owners, led by Michael Jordan, is promising to oppose any deal that gives players more than 50 percent of revenue. This group of owners wants the players’ share of BRI not to exceed 47 percent and was upset when the NBA proposed a 50-50 split.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Jordan Rules live on.
Years ago, Sam Smith, the legendary beat writer for the Chicago Bulls, wrote a best-selling book called The Jordan Rules, detailing how Michael Jordan was, a hypocrite.
Yes, he was the greatest ever. And yes, he was the most recognized person in the world.
He had flaws, though. According to Smith, Jordan worried more about scoring than winning, struggled with teammates, and operated by his rules.
Smith’s view was reinforced during the lockout of 1998 when Jordan told Washington Wizards’ owner Abe Pollin to sell his team if he can’t profit.
Of course, Jordan became an owner a few years later -with Pollin’s Wizards, too!
Today, Jordan has a controlling share of the struggling Charlotte Bobcats. The man who told Pollin to sell if he can’t make money is the league’s greatest Hawk, refusing to compromise in negotiations.
Jordan is opposed to a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income. He, and other small market owners, want a 53% share.
Why is Jordan such a hardliner? Like Pollin, he can’t profit.
However, Jordan the owner won’t listen to Jordan the player and sell. Different rules still exist when you’re The Greatest of all Time.
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