Michael Jordan is not just the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. He is also a very famous person. In his role as a very famous person, he earns jobs like "assistant coach of the U.S. Presidents Cup golf team" and whatnot. In those jobs, his main duty is to get people to talk about the U.S. Presidents Cup golf team. As such, Michael Jordan talked to the Melbourne Herald Sun in Australia about the Presidents Cup and also the NBA.
This is where he gets into trouble. Zach Lowe spotted the no-nos, which we lay out below.
Andrew Bogut is Australia's top basketball export; he plays for a small market team, the Milwaukee Bucks. Jordan's team is also based in small market. MJ discusses Bogut's plight in the context of the lockout, and drops a few "first rule of the NBA lockout is you can't talk about the NBA lockout" violations.
"We have stars like Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team."
Jordan said small-market teams would benefit greatly from a "hard" salary cap, and it would allow clubs such as Milwaukee to plan a future on key players including the Australian centre.
I actually wish owners could talk about these issues, but two teams have reportedly been fined for similar comments since the stoppage began, and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was reportedly fined for talking hard cap a year ago. Seems pretty cut and dry. Sorry, Mike.