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Michael Jordan was Never a Players’ Guy

November 7, 2011

Why are people surprised that Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats is one of the “hardline” owners as this NBA Lockout gets ugly? Come on, everything about the guy screams hard line…..the way he approached the game, the way he treated his opponents…shoot, even the way he treated his own teammates. So, just because he was maybe the best player of all time people expect him to be more sympathetic to today’s players? These people obviously didn’t follow him off the court during his NBA career.

MJ was far from a players’ spokesman during his years in the league. He was, and still is, in the mode of a Tiger Woods and an O.J. Simpson (the Bill/49er not the Ford Bronco). If it wasn’t for commercials we never would’ve seen him off the court. Okay, Michael Jordan was a spokesman at times…of Michael Jordan. The guy is a businessman. You will never mistake him for being an advocate of anything other than making $. Michael was this way before he won his first ring in Chicago and he’s only gotten bigger since. Don’t get me wrong, we all owe MJ tremendously. He helped the game, his fellow peers, future players, and even bloggers like me (Dan Gilbert, my name is Martin and I’m a bloggissist). His greatness on the court grew the game exponentially and helped bring us future stars like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Lebron James. But he was never involved in the activities of the NBA Players Association. He never used his influence to help the average Joe’s in the league. Maybe that’s what he had agent David Faulk for…which is okay. Sometimes superstars can actually hurt negotiations, as we saw with Kevin Garnett recently.

On the court, Michael Jordan led by example, by action. But off the court he was more interested in the Jordan brand. I don’t blame him, nor do I blame Tiger and ‘the Juice’. Charles Barkley was right all those years back. Just because you do something really well and the world loves you for it that doesn’t make you a role model. The term is an adjective, not an occupation. Michael Jordan is a human being, an extremely wealthy human being, but a human being nonetheless. He’s just a man who owns a business in Charlotte, and he wants it to be a profitable one. Just because it involves a bouncing ball like the one he dominated with for so many years doesn’t change this reality. He is a businessman first and foremost. And if there’s anything we learned from MJ’s immortal career…it is that nice guys really do finish last.


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4 Responses to Michael Jordan was Never a Players’ Guy

  1. Twister on November 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

    excellent take. Jordan was probably the greatest player to ever lace em up but he never embraced a leadership role in labor talks. Mike set a horrible example for guys like Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.

  2. Giant Killer on November 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    if it wasn’t for MJ these guys wouldn’t have a pot to piss in, check the fax homie

  3. johnf498 on November 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Jordan was an incredible player, but he was kind of a scumbag. Remember when he clocked poor old Steve Kerr in practice? Selfish to a T. He only cares about himself.

  4. Martello on November 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    MJ is a legend. he can say, do, or act however he like.

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