Jordan brand recently had a big win when they signed Zion Williamson to his first shoe deal. They haven't had a good shoe in about 20 years, and they were still able to land the most marketable rookie since Derrick Rose.
Michael Jordan's basketball team however, is terrible. He has proven time and time again that he is the worst owner in the NBA and possibly across all American major sports franchises. And guess what, he's not going anywhere.
And neither are the Charlotte Hornets.
Their 2019-20 season has potential to be one of the worst seasons in NBA history. Unless teams such as the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, or Phoenix Suns don't get anything from their young talent, the Hornets will definitely have the worst record in the NBA.
Let's start from the top and work our way down to the roster and see if there is anything to be excited about.
Last season, the Spectrum Center hosted the NBA All-Star Game. As far as we know, everything went well. The city of Charlotte invested $34 million towards renovations to the arena to make sure it could accommodate all needs for All-Star Weekend.
Hopefully, nobody ate the stadium food. According to a study on stadium food safety, Spectrum Center had the most health code violations out of any arena in the NBA. They were by far the worst as they had committed a league-high 92% health code violation rate.
So let's hope whoever ate the food there got some of the 8% of food that was handled correctly.
Michael Jordan has never really been known as the nice or generous guy. He had Kemba Walker for eight seasons and the best players he was able to acquire during that time was Nicolas Batum and Dwight Howard past his prime.
He never paid Kemba Walker a max contract, as Walker got paid exactly $12 million a year for the final four years of his contract in Charlotte. And if you're not a big Walker believer, that's fine. But when you realize that Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all made more than him last season as his teammates, you understand how delusional Jordan is as an owner.
And their GM's haven't been much better. Let's flash back to 2011 when their GM Rich Cho traded Tobias Harris, Stephen Jackson, and Shaun Livingston for Corey Maggette and Bismack Biyambo. My goodness.
But now with Mitch Kupchak at GM, they have acquired a handful of future draft picks. So maybe that's something to look forward too. Unless Jordan just decides to keep drafting the Cody Zeller's of the world.
After losing Walker, the Hornets are $34 million over the NBA Maximum Salary Cap. THIRTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE SALARY CAP. With no All-NBA caliber players, no All-Stars, and no chance at a playoff spot. They can't even make any trades because nobody is going to want any of these contracts.
Nicolas Batum at $25 million, Bismack Biyombo at $17 million, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller at $15 million each, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at $13 million, and they just signed Terry Rozier to a maximum contract which will pay him $20 million this season and go up from there.
And none of these guys would be starters on other teams. Most teams wouldn't even want these guys are their roster at all. Yet here the Hornets are, paying the luxury tax for the worst team in the NBA. There may be a team with a worse record this upcoming season, but they are the worst constructed team hands down.
I'm sorry. I have no idea what you have to look forward too. I guess at this point all you can hope for is a bright future. Miles Bridges could be the one guy I could see people seeing as a potential future star, but there's a long way to go on that one.
Who's jersey are y'all even buying? It has to be Cody Zeller, only to prove that you are truly a Hornets fan.
The immediate future of the team looks terrible, and until Michael Jordan decides to hand the keys over to someone who is competent enough to make smart basketball decisions, the longterm future will continue to look terrible.
And for all 9,000 of you who decide to go to games next season, don't eat the stadium food.
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