Michael Jordan and the rest of the players: "They charge for playing the 82 games"

The owner of the Hornets does not share the policy of breaks that is unleashing the controversy over Kawhi's absence against the Bucks.


Michael Jordan, for many the best player in history and now sees the basketball business from across the barrier as the owner of Charlotte Hornets (the NBA franchise of his native Carolina), does not share the new break policy of the NBA stars, a system once again on everyone's lips due to the absence of Kawhi Leonard in the duel with national television between Clippers and Bucks, a priori MVP of the Regular Season against MVP of the Finals. Kawhi played only 60 games last season and took care of his body to get into the playoffs, where he led the Raptors to the first title in their history. Now those absences are not so easy to hide as he is in a much more media position after rejecting the Lakers and signing for the Clippers with Paul George.

David Fizdale, for example, has not found it difficult to call this rest policy “junk” without injury (the so-called load management) when he has been criticized for excessive minutes (37 on average in his first eight games in the NBA) that rookie RJ Barrett is playing, something that some consider unnecessary in the absence of New York sports goals and that could have consequences in the future for the promising forward.

Steve Clifford, who now trains Orlando Magic but who led Charlotte Hornets with Michael Jordan as head, made it clear that with the former Bulls in command there could be nothing like that load management: “That was not expected of the team. In Charlotte, Michael used to tell us every year that we were paid to play the 82 games of the Regular Season. ”

It is not difficult to understand (share or not) Jordan's position, and not only because he is now the owner: in his years as a player he was one of those who was always on the track if there was no major cause of force, including his last season with the Wizards, when he played (2002-03) the 82 games with 39 years. In the Bulls he played 13 seasons, with a break in 1993-94 for his first withdrawal, from which he returned in 1994-95, in which he played 17 games. Before, in 1985-86 he only played 18 Regular Season games because a foot was fractured, the most serious injury of his career.

For the rest of his seasons in the Bulls and if those two depart, his reliability was impressive. In the other eleven he played 895 of 902 possible matches. Before his first break he played 649 of 656 and 667 of 738 if the injury campaign is counted. Then, in the full three years of his second threepeat (1996-98) not a single game was lost: 246 of 246.



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