Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets are not committed to winning.
Since buying into the Hornets organization back in 2010, acquiring controlling interest of the team, Jordan’s Hornets have been far from spectacular.
The Hornets since the 2010-11 season have made the playoffs just twice and both times were first round outs. Add in the embarrassing 7-59 record in the shortened 2011-12 season, and it obviously hasn’t been easy for Hornets fans.
Charlotte is a major league sports city. The Carolinas are a basketball savvy region. Yet mediocrity seems to just be acceptable for the Hornets.
In the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons, the Hornets became a playoff team under head coach Steve Clifford. After two seasons just outside the playoff bubble, Jordan and the Hornets moved on from Clifford and brought in relatively unknown, former Orlando Magic interim coach, James Borrego.
Clifford went to Orlando and led the Magic to their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season, while Borrego and the Hornets finished behind the Magic in the division and outside the playoffs once again.
Now here we sit, in a very active NBA free-agency period, and the Hornets have lost their biggest star in Kemba Walker.
Walker finished the 2018-19 season averaging 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Yes, the Hornets did acquire Terry Rozier, but statistically he isn’t filling the hole left by Kemba. Rozier’s claim to fame is that the Celtics did better with him than they did with Kyrie Irving, but that’s not all because of him and his career average of 7.7 points per game isn’t going to make Charlotte any less mediocre.
Charlotte has to do a lot more to improve this roster, but now that all the big names have signed…I’m not sure they can.
The modern NBA isn’t as much of a lost cause for smaller market teams as it used to be. We’ve seen markets like Toronto and Cleveland do what they have to do to win NBA Championships, so why not Charlotte?
I just don’t understand why there isn’t far more pressure on Jordan to put together a true winner in Charlotte.
Charlotte fans fought to get their franchise back, they fought to get the name changed back to the Hornets and they even fought to get the NBA All-Star game back after having it stripped one year earlier.
The Queen City deserves a winner on the court.
You can’t tell me that a vibrant, growing, major league city like Charlotte can’t attract top free agents, especially when you have the greatest and most beloved player of all time sitting in the owner’s box.
It’s time to put MJ and the Hornets front office on blast.
It’s time to demand a winner.
The Carolinas demand excellence from all of our college basketball teams, our college football teams and even the Carolina Panthers. So why not the Hornets?
If the Panthers were to be as consistently average as the Hornets, we would be running Ron Rivera out of town and demanding a trade of Cam Newton. We call for coaching changes in collegiate athletics almost every year and demand more and more of our favorite programs’ Athletic Directors.
So, why should Jordan get a pass?
I for one don’t want to give him one.
Of course, what he did on the court was unquestionably legendary…but what he’s done in the Charlotte Hornets owner’s box deserves to be questioned.
Hornets fans must begin to hold Jordan accountable and stop accepting mediocrity.
So say it with me Hornets fans–Why not us?
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