Jordan: Tanking season 'not something we would do'

Jordan: Tanking season 'not something we would do'
November 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Michael Jordan captured six NBA titles in his playing career and was the leader of the winningest team in league history when the Chicago Bulls won 72 games in the 1995-96 regular-season.

But Jordan has also been on the opposite side of that after witnessing his Charlotte Bobcats finish with a 7-59 record in a lockout-shortened season two years ago.

Losing isn't in Jordan's blood, which is why the 50-year old Bobcats owner would never instruct his team to tank the season in hopes of earning a higher selection in the NBA Draft.

"I don't know if some teams have thought of that," Jordan told The Associated Press Friday. "That's not something we would do. I don't believe in that."

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While there are several stand-out prospects heading into next year's draft, Jordan iterates that not every player is a slam-dunk.

''It's not guaranteed [the player] you are going to get is going to be that star anyway,'' he said. ''I did read that certain teams are thinking about doing it, but I'm not one of them, so let's alleviate that conversation."

Jordan made it clear that clinching a high draft spot isn't on his mind. He is, however, still committed to being patient with his young roster, now and in the future, as he continues to rebuild the Bobcats.

''We're focused on what we're trying to do,'' Jordan said. ''I think the direction we're moving is positive. ... It is baby steps. Every now and again you have a hiccup. But I must admit that we're headed in the right direction and I'm very happy with that.''

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We've seen the Boston Celtics pull strings to assemble a "Big Three" with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen years ago and then the Miami Heat followed that path with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

For Jordan, he's not trying to trade for a dynamic trio. He's trying to draft one.

''I'm not a big advocate for it,'' Jordan said. ''I came from an era where it didn't happen. If that happened to evolve from the draft, then you seemed pretty smart.''