No, Michael Jordan isn’t coming back for a third time to the NBA (I’m still trying to erase those images I have of him in a Wizards uniform from my mind), but he is now taking part in Charlotte practices.
Not a game––practice.
The Hall of Famer and current owner of the Bobcats suited up for Thursday’s workout and even took part in a full-court scrimmage.
“He’s Mike. He’s been kicking our [butts]. He still has it,” forward Gerald Wallace said. “He doesn’t have this quickness, but he can score, he’s a shooter. The last thing to ever go is your jump shot and he has that.”
Whoa there, Wallace. I don’t think you want to challenge MJ’s quickness. Otherwise, the next thing you know, Jordan will being taking your spot. Jordan, who turns 48 next week, has been spending more time at practices and shootarounds, getting on the floor and doing some teaching.
This must make head coach Paul Silas ecstatic.
“He’s holding these guys accountable and it’s great. I love him out here. He’s teaching them how to protect the basketball, how to play hard on defense, how to talk. It’s a good thing. The guys work a little bit harder when he’s out here and rightly so because he’s working hard. You’re not going to let him do a job on you if you’ve got any pride.”
Memo to you, coach: why don’t you take a look around and follow your own advice. If you have any pride, stop letting your owner do your coaching job. Last time I checked, shouldn’t the coach be teaching his players how to protect the basketball? Shouldn’t the coach be coming up with the defensive system? I understand that he’s 45 and it’s his team and he basically gets what he wants to do. But keep in mind that although your team might be in playoff contention, you still have a losing record of 22-30. What may seem like the owner just lending a helping hand to the guys to you could end up being a preview of what is to come: Jordan taking over as head coach.