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Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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Most of today’s NBA players grew up idolizing Michael Jordan (or for an older generation that played against him, respecting him).

But Jordan’s stance as the leader of the hardline owners — even if he will not talk in negotiating sessions — led to some venom coming his way from players after the NBA’s labor negotiations blew up again Saturday night.

The players see the hardline owners as the problem and Jordan as the target. Wizards guard Nick Young tweeted this:


Then there is this conversation between Pacers All-Star Danny Granger and rookie Klay Thompson.

Granger: “Damn MJ. That’s how you feel?”

Thompson replies: “You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro.” (Note: Thompson has since deleted that tweet.)

Granger: “man straight hypocrite bro.. He should’ve been the 1st one behind us smh”

Calling Michael Jordan a hypocrite? That shows you how the rank and file players are viewing this thing. They may want to go back to work but don’t for a second think they do not believe they are getting screwed.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    It is all white noise at this point.

  2. sknut - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    what did the players really expect? he is an owner now and has other priorities. Please tell me that the players aren’t that stupid that they don’t get this. ugh

  3. urallstupid - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    these players are even more retarded than i thought possible. somehow they think jordan is single handedly responsible for the league trying to get a good deal for the owners. you think there is an owner going “hey ya lets give the players 57%”? what a bunch of retards.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Mike has always been about his own money. The biggest criticism of him was he never took a stand on any socially impactful issues because……… it would effect his money.

    I remember his quote if not verbatim was “Republicans buy sneakers too”

  5. mondzy805 - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I’m not giving up my J’s.

  6. rkl0244 - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM


  7. stadix093 - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Say goodbye to any quality free agents playing for ya Mr Jordan. I admit the players shouldn’t be surprised though.

  8. dawkattack - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Who’s nick young lol

  9. bigdawg22584 - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    the players should just make a deal and start playing they should be playing for the love of the sport not for the money

  10. hillzmickelzon - Nov 7, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Who cares if nick young is not gonna wear Jordans anymore or what danny (i shoot too much) granger has too say, danny, nick let me remind you its micheal jordan who is the reason you get more money being average NBA players than bird ,magic,dr j,did while they were superstars.. WIn a playoff series & then open your mouth. Didnt tracy mcgrady steal like 25 million from houston one season for 10 games?

  11. snoopy2014 - Nov 7, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    I thought early reports had that back and forth between Paul George and Klay.

  12. ibchuck33 - Nov 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Players need to stop looking at Jordan as one of them. He’s an owner now. All of the owners would be looking at him like, “what the hell are you doing??!”, if he took the union’s side. 1996 Jordan wouldn’t side with the owners.

  13. BrownsTown - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Please, none of these players would have been qualified to wash Jordan’s jock strap if they played back in his day. Jordan is a winner and he’ll beat today’s generation of soft, toe nail-painting players at the negotiating table as well.

  14. vomitingliberals - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    So, Jordan should tackle all of the social issues every liberal media hack thinks he should or he’s a sellout?Please! If you think there is any difference between a Republican and a Democrat then you are just high on the media’s propaganda koolaid! Everyone in government is scum. Also, what kind of fool does it take to think that Jordan should be against his own interests as an owner? C’mon people, get with reality! Any one of these selfish toddler-brained clowns that are criticizing Jordan would do the EXACT same thing if the roles were reversed. Jordan took the game to a whole new level, most of these guys today can only dream about being half as relevent to basketball as Michael Jordan still is, even in retirement. This lockout provides them now with a means of finally venting their long held jealousy of the man named Jordan. They are hypocrites, just like the troll who wrote this critque.

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