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Report: Jordan, Hornets to bid to host 2017 or ’18 All-Star Game

Aug 11, 2014, 7:03 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan is working hard to turn around both the franchise and the market in Charlotte. Former owner George Shinn stomped on that market then moved the team to New Orleans, and when Robert Johnson resurrected the franchise he didn’t do much to help its reputation in the community and he named the team after himself (the Bobcats).

Michael Jordan is starting to change that.

Getting back the Hornets nickname was one step, putting a competitive basketball team on the court that made the playoffs last season then went out and got Lance Stephenson this summer was the next.

Now how about hosting an All-Star game? Charlotte is going to make a bid for one of the next two that are available, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte Hornets plan to formally submit a bid Tuesday to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, a source close to the process said Monday…

While it’s been no secret the Hornets are interested in hosting the annual mid-February event at Time Warner Cable Arena, there are potential complications. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said during a March visit to Charlotte that an All-Star bid would be contingent on the city agreeing to various upgrades to the arena.

“It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state of the art,” Silver said in March. “Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.”

The 2015 All-Star Game is in New York/Brooklyn, followed by Toronto in 2016. It is thought that if this year’s ASG goes well it will return to New York in the near future but with the venues reversed (next year Brooklyn hosts the Friday and Saturday events, the main All-Star Game Sunday is at Madison Square Garden).

Charlotte could fit into that mix. This also puts a little pressure on everyone involved with the arena in Charlotte to get the upgrades done.

People have ripped into Jordan the owner, but Roland Lazenby, author of the new Michael Jordan: The Life biography that came out this year, put an interesting spin on that in an interview with PBT saying this is like his playing career where he’s figuring things out quickly.

“He goes to Charlotte and some of his draft picks are called into question. But as time goes on, everybody looks back at Michael the owner, or Michael the executive, and they see that his learning curve is and they see his worth ethic is much more than they realized. He has gone into Charlotte — which is the Chernobyl of the NBA, the old Hornets with George Shinn trashed the place, then the roll out of the Bobcats, which was a horrible roll out, and thanks to that Charlotte was a horrible market.

“I’m sure you saw some of those crowds with Charlotte playing Miami (in the first round of the 2014 playoffs), that place was packed again. It was like the old Hornets. The longer people look at Jordan the owner the more they are going to realize he is there and he is doing a lot better. He is making something happen. People have underestimated him again.”

  1. phluffyclouds - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    MJ has done a great job with the now Hornets. Exciting time for Buzz City!!!

  2. therealhtj - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Outside of the Morrison pick, he hasn’t been that terrible.

    • bparmalee - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Drafting Bismack at 7 was as bad as the Morrison pick, taking MKG over Beal, Cody Zeller is terrible and he went 4th. The Bobcats could have drawn names out of a hat and drafted better than they have. You can’t have the chances they have had to draft talented players and miss as often as they do. Add Beal, Klay Thompson or Faried to this team and they start to look a lot different. Hell draft Nerlens Noel over Zeller… Zeller contributed about as much as Noel did last year and Noel didn’t play.

      • therealhtj - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        My mistake. Carry on. At least he didn’t take two point guards ahead of Steph Curry.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Or trade Kawhi Leonard for George Hill

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Kwame Brown, #1 overall, would like a word with you.

      • therealhtj - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Different team though.

  3. bparmalee - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    As long as the Bobcats/Hornets keep making terrible draft picks (Cody Zeller, MKG over Beal, Bismack 7th over Klay Tomhpson, a deep draft..etc) I don’t see how MJ can get any credit for being a good owner. Time will tell but right now they are just another bad small market team.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      It must kill you that PBT doesn’t post more about the Bobcats/Hornets. Hardly anything for you to hate on. Haha

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    It doe$n’t take a geniu$ to realize ho$ting an All-$tar game = bank.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I want to go to this one also. Will be at this year’s in my city in February.

  6. mackcarrington - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I never thought the NBA would take a playbook from the NFL and start blackmailing cities for state of the art arenas. All they want to do is impress the corporate sponsors with suites and fancy amenities. From what I hear, the fans would pack the place regardless.

    • dacapt704 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Thats been the mantra (unwritten) for some time now….”if you build it (new arena) they will come” Meaning, a new arena usually gets you the All Star game so we’ll see if that remains to be true.

      Time Warner Cable arena is only a few yrs old and uptown Charlotte has improved tremendously since I moved here in 2000. It would be an incredible atmosphere to get the All Star game here.

  7. tomtravis76 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Mike is a Carolina boy to the core, from the beach to the mountains. It’s good that he is in charge of the pro basketball team in Carolina. He will do everything he can to bring the city and state a title. Talk about going home, Mike will always be the one leading & setting the trends for others to follow.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Okay I admit I’ve only been to like a dozen Bobcats games… but I swear that if we have an all star game I will be there. Charlotte FTW!

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