Michael Jordan: New CBA Creating Parity
Michael Jordan doesn’t talk a lot – media-wise, anyway – but when he does talk, he says a lot.
Friday he did a half-hour sit-down with the Observer. I was particularly interested in what he thought of the collective-bargaining agreement two years removed from the lockout that shortened the 2011-12 season. Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was a small-market hawk for management, so much so that some current players viewed him as a former player betraying them.
“The rules are in place to eliminate these star players from jumping from team-to-team, to end up on one big team. That kills the parity within the league,” said Jordan, who has lost millions from owning the Bobcats the past three years.
“If a team has nurtured a player, and he has grown, the chances of him leaving are a lot less than it used to be,” Jordan said. “The CBA has been working to create some parity within the league. You’re starting to see that happen. You see that in Golden State, you’re starting to see that in Cleveland. We’d like to see ourselves in that light. There are still great teams, but you’re starting to see others grow.”