The biggest thing Michael Jordan has learned as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats? Admit and rectify mistakes quickly. For example, replacing Mike Dunlap one season into his tenure as coach. “I actually liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said it last year when we first hired him that I could have played for him. But that doesn’t translate to today’s kids,” Jordan told the Observer Friday. “The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids are understanding and articulating what (Clifford is) saying.” During a half-hour interview with the Observer, Jordan expressed confidence in the new mix of veterans (Al Jefferson and Josh McRoberts) and youngsters (Kemba Walker, Cody Zeller, etc.) Surprisingly he called power forward McRoberts, who arrived in a mid-season trade last February, the key player this season. McRoberts quickly improved the Bobcats’ ball movement simply by swinging the ball to the weak side of the defense far more than others had. “The success of this team is McRoberts – how well he can connect the dots,” Jordan said. “Remember last season. Every time he played, we played better. (Gerald) Henderson got more consistent with McRoberts. He is the key, along with Big Al staying healthy and how well we can use the big guy.” Signing Jefferson (three years, $41 million) and re-signing McRoberts and Henderson were big moments in a busy offseason. That offseason started with the firing of Dunlap, who coached the Bobcats to a 21-61 record. Dunlap’s brusque personality didn’t mix well with the players. “When I saw the same things happen in October happening in February, then I started to see that things were not” improving, Jordan said. “And the players started to see it. That was unfortunate. That’s when you admit you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to make the situation better.” Clifford is the third Bobcats coach in as many seasons, but Jordan thinks the team is on the rise. He particularly likes the mix of personalities on the roster. “I see 15 guys who get along. The energy and the culture within the locker room seem to be very positive. That translates to the way they play – the trust factor on defense,” Jordan said.
Bobcats owner Michael Jordan quicker to admit, fix mistakes
Charlotte Observer | Nov 2