Jordan to run/buy the Bobcats?

An interesting article on SI.com by Ian Thomsen asks the question:  Is Bob Johnson looking at selling the Bobcats to Michael Jordan?  Thomsen points out that J&J had dinner together in a Washington, D.C. restaurant 3 weeks ago.  Now that Ed Tapscott has left the President position with the Bobcats, is Johnson looking to sell?

The article goes on to point to the fact that the Bobcats may have lost money last season,  and Johnson’s TV network C-SET was shut down after 1 year of failure.

My take:  Johnson’s not looking to sell.  The NBA’s first minority owner isn’t cashing out after 2 seasons.  This team is his new plaything, like the equestrian meet he hosts in Charlotte each year.  He and Jordan have been seen together many times before.  Jordan has been interested in working with a NBA team, and he was rumored to be very interested in buying the Hornets from George Shinn back in the ’90s when Shinn was looking to sell.

I hope Johnson isn’t looking to Jordan at President either, though.  He wasn’t successful as President of the Washington Wizards (where he was eventually fired), and I’m not sure that the city of Charlotte would be happy with Jordan as President.  The President position doesn’t need to be a big-name person…they need to be good at what they do.  Look at Isiah Thomas in New York…that team is being run into the ground, and most people point to Thomas for digging the hole.

Buy into the team, Michael, don’t take it over.

Charlotte Bobcats robbed by George Shinn again!

George Shinn brought professional sports to Charlotte in 1988, convincing the NBA to not only expand into Miami, Orlando, and Minnesota. After not getting what he wanted (a new uptown arena), Shinn threatened, then moved the team to New Orleans to begin the 2002-03 season. After several lackluster seasons attendance-wise, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Without a usable arena, Shinn found Oklahoma City and moved the team (temporarily) for the season. Attendance jumped this season, with Oklahoma City loving its first professional sport team (see a pattern?)Meanwhile, Bob Johnson (creator of BET) bought a new franchise in the NBA and brought the team to Charlotte. Charlotte built a new, state-of-the-art arena for the team, and the first 2 seasons have been building ones. Players from around the league have raved about the new arena.

Despite having the newest arena in the NBA, the league announced today that the next to-be-scheduled All-Star game in 2008 will be held in New Orleans. Continue reading “Charlotte Bobcats robbed by George Shinn again!”