Jordan 'in it for the long haul' with Bobcats

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Jordan 'in it for the long haul' with Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan has taken criticism for his handling of the franchise since he took over in 2010.
Last year the team finished with a 7-59 record, the lowest win percentage for any team in NBA history, but in an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Jordan says he's "in it for the long haul" and is "motivated to do everything I can to bring a winner here."
Jordan, who won six championships of his own in the 90s as a member of the Chicago Bulls, said last season's historically bad record was humbling. It prompted change within the organization, as the team hired a new coach in Mike Dunlap and has five new faces on the roster this season.
I felt the need to step in and say, Look, this is how were going to do this. The culture of whats happening in Charlotte is going to be this. Either you buy in or youre not going to be here, Jordan said in the interview.
The most heralded newcomer may be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in June's NBA Draft. The Kentucky freshman, along with fellow freshman and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, helped the Wildcats to a 38-2 record and national championship.
Ive said this in the past and I say it loosely obviously: He reminds me of (ex-Bulls star and Jordan teammate) Scottie Pippen because he can do so many different facets and he can connect a lot of different, talented players," Jordan said in the interview. "I looked at (Kansas Thomas) Robinson, who I think is going to be a great player but can he connect? Can he connect the different pieces?
The Bobcats are a couple of years and key pieces away from thinking about contending, but what's your take? Can the Bobcats, under Jordan's watch, ever get Charlotte to contender status?

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.