Monday, February 26, 2024

On Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets will play a game without Michael Jordan as their majority owner for the first time in 4,970 days. This marks the end of an era for the franchise, as Jordan, the most famous basketball player ever, not only had an association with the team but also ran it. The sale of the Hornets to a group led by Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin ended Jordan’s 13-year tenure at the forefront and under his control. However, he will remain a minority owner. Despite not being a particularly prosperous era for the Hornets, as they only won 41.7% of their games under Jordan’s stewardship and made the playoffs three times, Jordan remained a constant presence. He not only focused on wins and losses, but also made an impact on the community through various events. As the Hornets prepare for the upcoming season without Jordan, The Athletic spoke to 12 former players who shared their experiences of playing for the Bobcats and Hornets under Jordan’s ownership. Each player had their own memorable moments, whether it was meeting Jordan for the first time, having lunch with him, or receiving a congratulatory text message after a good game.

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