NBA Fans Are Shocked By Charlotte Hornets Bizarre Plan For Michael Jordan
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 11
Michael Jordan, Owner of Charlotte Hornets speaks to media during
the press conference before the match between Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers as part of the 2015 NBA Global Games China at Universiade Centre on October 11, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
The Charlotte Hornets are set to be sold, with Michael Jordan’s tenure as owner nearing its end. The former Chicago Bulls superstar has been the franchise’s majority shareholder since 2010 but is finalizing a $3 billion deal to hand it over to minority owners Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall.
The agreement probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for Hornets fans as the NBA Draft is set for this Thursday. As it happens, MJ will still be the team owner on Thursday and, with the Hornets to pick at No. 2, he will have the final say in who they select.
As great as he was on the court, Jordan isn’t an expert at spotting talent and has made some questionable draft decisions over the span of his ownership. He did hit with LaMelo Ball in 2020, but anyone could have done that.
Though MJ is set to walk away from the team to the tune of a huge payday, he will still be able to make a decision that could shape the future of the franchise for the next several years.
And fans think it’s ridiculous.
Because his track record of drafting is top tier ?
— Michael Johnson (@yowhitemike) June 21, 2023
Is this real? Please dear god just why
— Zack Roos (@B1G_CINNAMON) June 21, 2023
Why? That’s dumb. He’s already done enough damage to that organization.
— Lyle (@WalkWithLyle) June 21, 2023
This won’t go poorly, he’s nailed every other draft where he’s been involved!!!
— Fat Rhule (@jdwmw1994) June 21, 2023
Weird enough to leave a massively important personnel decision in the hands of the team owner, weirder still if the team owner is actively selling the team, weirder still if the team owner is famously horrible at draft evaluation https://t.co/GiwcrXr3dt
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) June 21, 2023
reminds me of when Phil Jackson drafted Frank Ntilikina and then bounced lmao
— Dan (@realDMD3) June 21, 2023
Who knows, though? Maybe Michael Jordan’s final act as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets is the one that sets them up for a really bright future. He would absolutely love to get one over Charles Barkley and all of the folks who have criticized his ownership over the years while also dipping with $3 billion in the bank.