Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Hornet thoughts on eve of opener

3 Hornet thoughts as the season opener looms:

-- Michael Jordan's one-day takeover of the Hornets' Twitter feed Tuesday was an excellent idea and should be revisited at key times during the franchise history. I would try to persuade MJ to do it again, for instance, the day before the Hornets play their next playoff game. Jordan doesn't regularly tweet, but he proved to be quite good at it and he loved taking pictures with his smartphone (as he's doing here).

Of course, his tweets will always lead to more questions: For instance, when he tweeted a picture of Al Jefferson's locker, fans wanted to know why every Hornets' locker apparently had a microwave in it. Those aren't microwaves; they are personal safes like the kinds you find in some hotels.

Incidentally, I did ask MJ for his take on the UNC academic scandal Tuesday, but he wanted no part of that question and declined to comment. When I pressed and asked him if he was disappointed in the university, he said, "I don't know what to feel, to be honest. It's a tough question for me to answer. That was 31 years ago when I was there in all honesty, and I didn't have those situations."

-- Re-sgning Kemba Walker was no surprise, but it was a necessity. Walker is the Hornets' engine and has the exact sort of mentality you want from your point guard (accountable, driven, smart, unafraid). By the NBA's crazy money standards, he is well worth the four-year, $48-million extension. Said Jordan Tuesday: "I love the way he plays.... He's a cornerstone of what we are, who we are trying to be."

-- Lots of good stuff in the newspaper and online today to get you ready for tonight's 7 p.m. game vs. Milwaukee. Here's my column about Jordan on the eve of the season's first game. Our great beat writer Rick Bonnell has this and this in today's newspaper. And The Observer has a new app providing Hornets' updates, photos, scores, videos and more for both smart phones and tablets. Search "Hornets McClatchy" to find the app easily in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.


Anonymous said...

It is marvelously true: Michael Jordan is well, Michael Jordan and is loved tremendously in our passion for sports all over the world. North Carolinians are special, too, as Jordan and the Hornets are ours - yet time and time again the folks in Carolina let the world share in our adoration for Jordan and the Hornets. Go Hornets, we and the world will be there!

Anonymous said...

Michael Jordan has been a complete failure in the owners/management office in the nba. Folks here adore him only because they want to relive the "glory days" of unc basketball. Michael Jordan to the nba is what matt Millan was to the nfl(Detroit lions)!