When the team owner is also a basketball icon, things can be a bit more hands-on for the Charlotte Hornets. Owner Michael Jordan met with the players before Saturday’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers, looking for answers to what’s ailing this roster. The Hornets lost six of seven heading into this game, and they looked dreadful in the second of two losses this season to the 4-20 Chicago Bulls. By the description of veteran forward Marvin Williams, Jordan didn’t berate. It was more a fact-finding mission: With the coaches out of the room, he asked for concerns. It sounds like he was doing the same as he might have as a player; getting others to open up, to both clear the air and clear their heads. In the short run, Jordan’s intervention didn’t change the result. The Hornets fell to the 10-15 Los Angeles Lakers 110-99. For the second time in as many nights, the Hornets gave up 56 points in the lane. They also allowed 28 fast-break points. No team can win on a regular basis allowing that many transition baskets. Particularly not a team as limited as the 9-16 Hornets are right now. Jordan left Spectrum Center with a large group of friends right after Saturday’s game, looking understandably glum. It’s been a rough first quarter of the season: Plenty of injuries to rotation players and coach Steve Clifford missed his third consecutive game with a yet-undisclosed health issue.
MJ held meeting with Hornets players
Charlotte Observer | Dec 10