Jordan Staying Competitive as an Owner?
That is merely one episode during of a career of fanatic competitiveness. The trait that is signature (Michael) Jordan is something critics have forgotten in the last week when Jordan has been widely condemned for taking a hard-line position in collective bargaining talks with the players.
Some have wondered loudly and harshly; how is that possible? Here is a guy who was the ultimate player. Here is a guy who once told an owner during negotiations to sell his team if he could not afford labor costs. And now he’s leading a group to force players to accept less money?
The answer to that riddle is not complicated.
Jordan is no longer a player.
He is an owner.
He has changed teams.
He plays for the other side.
And he is trying to win.
It is no different than Jordan joining the Wizards late in his playing career. He had won six titles with the Bulls. Was he supposed to not try hard when Washington played Chicago?