Michael Jordan slammed by former Bobcats coach | Sports & Recreation
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is catching criticism from an unexpected source, a former coach.
Sam Vincent was pretty candid when to spoke to a reporter from the Washington Post for an article posted on Sunday. In the article, Vincent, who was head coach in 2007, questioned how active Jordan wants to be as an executive.
Vincent was also a former teammate of Jordan's on the Chicago Bulls.
"The work he put in to be a great player and the work you put in to be a great executive, those are different things," said Vincent, who was hired less than a year after Jordan became minority owner. "That additional time you spend on jump shots, running, dunking, I don't know if he puts in that same amount of time as an executive or if he even cares to."
The New York Daily News cited an unnamed source last week when it reported that Jordan might be preparing to walk away from the franchise if it can't win soon.
"I am 100 percent committed to building the Bobcats into a contender and have no plans to sell the team," a statement from the team stated after the article.
Vincent, who now works with the NBA's retired player association, told the Washington Post that Bobcats fans were questioning about Jordan, even back in 2007. He claimed that fans were always asking him if Jordan was really in it for the long haul.
"They wanted to know, how committed is Michael to the community? Has he bought a house here? That kind of stuff," Vincent is quoted in the Post saying.
"It appeared to me that the relationship Michael had started off good, but somewhere it just really soured. I felt a big part of the reason why we could never get the support back then — and still today — there was so much damage from the relationship fans had with the previous ownership."
Vincent's interview with the Washington Post came out the same weekend Jordan was in Las Vegas at a charity golf event.