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08:11 AM ET 10.13 | Michael Jordan's legacy remains intact and as vibrant as ever. The greater the pressure, the greater he played. ... This generation's players still wear his No. 23 jersey, and, yes, his shoes remain among the most popular in the world. He's gone from the court to the owner's suite, and somehow he makes more in endorsement money now than he did as a player. All of which makes it distressing that Jordan has been largely invisible in the NBA's ongoing labor standoff. He fought in this battle as a player and now he's on the opposite side as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. He can offer a unique perspective at the negotiating table -- if only he'd take a seat at the table.

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October 13, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Playin' golf...

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October 13, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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Lets get real..... he's an owner......with his own agendaHow can he really help?

And I'm sure David Stern has told all the owner to keep quiet during the lock out. When was the last time Mark Cuban has said anything?

October 13, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Speak Softly But Carry A Big Stick, Bro.

October 13, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Stern is running this circus! I never knew, such a little man, could be so evvvvvvviiiiiiiiilllllllllllll.

October 13, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Stern is running this circus! I never knew, such a little man, could be so evvvvvvviiiiiiiiilllllllllllll.

I don't blame him. He's too classy to deal with the morons known as owners. Talking to the owners is like talking to rocks... why bother. It's sad the league has gone as far as getting a federal mediator to help them work their differences. What a shame... play on Jordan... these fools don't deserve your time.

October 13, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't blame him. He's too classy to deal with the morons known as owners. Talking to the owners is like talking to rocks... why bother. It's sad the league has gone as far as getting a federal mediator to help them work their differences. What a shame... play on Jordan... these fools don't deserve your time.

I concur, this situation is out of control. Common ground needs to be found.

October 13, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lets get real..... he's an owner......with his own agendaHow can he really help?

Exactly... He's in a no win situation. If he comes out in support of the owners the players will rip him to pieces on Twitter for being a turncoat.

If he backs the players he's basically condemning himself to a losing investment as an owner.

MJ has seen it from both sides. He knows where his money comes from now. And where it's going. To the players and not into his own pocket. He can't support the players and still work with the owners.

October 13, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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And I'm sure David Stern has told all the owner to keep quiet during the lock out. When was the last time Mark Cuban has said anything?

I don't think Stern can just tell the owners what to do. He works for them.

But the owners are united and are working together whereas the players couldn't care less about other players. Just like on the court it's pretty much every superstar from themselves and to hell with the guys on the bench.

October 13, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Stern is running this circus! I never knew, such a little man, could be so evvvvvvviiiiiiiiilllllllllllll.

Teemon! Good Morning my friend. How the hell are ya?

October 13, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't blame him. He's too classy to deal with the morons known as owners. Talking to the owners is like talking to rocks... why bother. It's sad the league has gone as far as getting a federal mediator to help them work their differences. What a shame... play on Jordan... these fools don't deserve your time.

Isn't MJ part of that moron club?

You can't have it both ways.

October 13, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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Isn't MJ part of that moron club?You can't have it both ways.

Exactly! He is called the worst executive in the NBA but is slammed for not jumping in the fray. Make up your minds!

October 13, 2011  09:14 AM ET

Come on Jordan, smoke a good cuban cigar and get to work. End this lockout!

October 13, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Come on Jordan, smoke a good cuban cigar and get to work. End this lockout!

Yeah... just go out there and explain to all those dunderheads that want to "be like Mike" that basically that's impossible so get back to work and you at least might end up richer than Mike.

October 13, 2011  09:21 AM ET

He's an owner for god sake, what is he suppose to do? He can't go against his counterparts who are owners also, and as much as he may want to help the players; he can't go with them either. What the hell is he suppose to do or what would you want him to do? He's now Michael Jordan the Charlotte Bobcats owner not Michael Jordan the Chicago Bulls superstar. That's like asking him to decide upon his future or pass, what the **** you think he'll do?

October 13, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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He's an owner for god sake, what is he suppose to do? He can't go against his counterparts who are owners also, and as much as he may want to help the players; he can't go with them either. What the hell is he suppose to do or what would you want him to do? He's now Michael Jordan the Charlotte Bobcats owner not Michael Jordan the Chicago Bulls superstar. That's like asking him to decide upon his future or pass, what the **** you think he'll do?

He could go to the players and point out... as [politely as possible... that they should sober-up, open their eyes and take a look around them. They're out of a job and losing money hand over first and no one really gives two **** about how hard they have it living on only 15 million or so a year.

The league they swear they are the heart and soul of is flat-lining. And the only ones losing out in the end will be them.

October 13, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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And I'm sure David Stern has told all the owner to keep quiet during the lock out. When was the last time Mark Cuban has said anything?

LOL - You're right however he just won the title - Either he's still celebrating or he doesn't want to rock the boat....!!!

October 13, 2011  09:30 AM ET

I think he can sit this one out...relax at home with his millions of dollars and play video games with his face on them that just came out this year

 
October 13, 2011  09:31 AM ET

His interests are different now. He wants to remain an icon in the minds of the players, but underneath, he's looking for a 50-50 split with an air tight cap. That kind of an agreement will cost the players billions. Michael is gonna stay quiet. He never spoke out on anything anyway. That's why Jim Brown was always hammering him and Tiger.

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