When Bleacher Report wrote their article on the Hornets recently signed PG Terry Rozier they probably intended the reader to leave with a greater and deeper understanding of “Scary Terry’s” demeanor, how his upbringing created someone with a drive and attitude that made them a believer in themselves so much so that they gambled on themselves in NBA free agency.
They probably intended for the reader to be shocked by the behind the scenes and honest look at how Terry turned down the Knicks and the Suns and agreed to a deal with the Hornets at a three-year, $58 Million deal.
“I’d be a fool if I was to go anywhere else or turn down that,” -Terry Rozier
Terry came into Charlotte not really understanding the dynamics or the tense atmosphere that is currently surround this team and the executives… and that’s not his fault.
Terry has a swagger and confidence that isn’t like Kemba. What makes him different from Kemba is that he’s about Terry, not the team to the degree Kemba was (that’s damn near impossible to find in the league), BUT he will still compete and fight his ass off to show that he earned that money and that he is worth every penny (which will be very hard)… and that’s okay.
He’s not going to be another Kemba and the fanbase shouldn’t expect him to “fill those shoes”.
BUT what Hornets fans should be talking about is not whether or not Terry is worth the deal. The fanbase has already had that discussion. We may be uncomfortable with the amount of money we spent on him but that speaks to a greater concern we have with management, we do not hold that against him nor do we hold the Kemba debacle against him.
We shouldn’t be talking on if it was the right decisions but more so on the unintended revelation that came from Terry, it’s the message that came between the lines that Hornets fans and the rest of the NBA world should be talking about…
“I look at it as just a team, organization believing in me. Knowing that I want to prove myself in this league and giving me that chance is bigger than anything and [their willingness] to pay me a right amount of money, it was just big and the guy that was behind all that was Michael Jordan. It’s still surreal to me.” -Terry Rozier
It was the line “the guy that was behind all that was Michael Jordan. It’s still surreal to me.”that will make Hornets fans cringe and throw up their hands in disbelief or exclaim an “AHA I knew it!”
Terry was well on his way to signing with Phoenix when JORDAN intervened in a basketball operations decision….
“Mike was overseas, and I can just picture him probably having a cigar in his mouth and the words he told Mitch [Kupchak], the GM, was like: ‘Get him over here. Do what you need to do to get him over here.'” – Terry Rozier
This isn’t about whether or not Terry is a bad signing or whether or not Jordan should have stepped in during these negotiations.
This is bigger. This is proof that he is STILL meddling in basketball operations and has never stopped.
HES IS JUST AS CULPABLE AS MITCH AND CHO.
While I believe most Hornets fans have known of Jordan’s involvement in basketball operations… there have still been some in denial and giving him the benefit of the doubt by saying there is no proof.
He didn’t just take a break and decide to step in here. He’s BEEN involved and will continue to be involved and will be his own worst enemy and have the final say.
You may say “he’s the owner, it’s his team and his money”… fine… then it’s also his fault.
Jordan can say that he took a step back with Cho and let him take control but the evidence is stacking up to the contrary. He can’t help but involve himself in personnel/talent decisions. He can’t help but tell his GM to ‘go after X player” or “draft X player” or in this instance “get him over here.”
Jordan has been involved in exactly where he shouldn’t be and isn’t involved where he should be.
Even if this works out and Terry balls out, this doesn’t exactly give Jordan any credibility because he’s been wrong so many times before. He’s still got a ways to go.
No fan wants him to be involved in talent evaluation OR in the decision making BUT we would be happy if he was just Michael Jordan to the free agents that our GM is chasing. Just be the legend that gives them the phone call to say “hi” and make them say “oh shit it’s MJ”.
AND if you insist on being involved in personnel decisions and are present in the “war room” on draft night then your ass needs to be there at these press conferences. Your ass needs to get in front of a microphone and camera and tell us what the plan is next to Mitch and explain to us why we lost Kemba. If you won’t even do that then get out of your own way.
I want him to treat the Hornet s like he does Jordan Brand. Jordan is not in there designing these shoes (we’ve all seen how he dresses) and he’s not making the business decisions… that man just signs the checks, receives the checks and makes a public appearance when it necessary. That may not seem fun to him BUT so far it’s the only thing he hasn’t tried and his way hasn’t worked. If he wants to do something then work on marketing and work on the brand.
Here’s the thing.. Jordan will get the credit when things go well. We know that. If Terry pans out he will get credit. He will be there holding the trophy if we win a championship and rightfully so BUT we cant absolve him when things go wrong because he went to UNC and you like that school, he’s the GOAT and you grew up loving him, etc.
AND quit defending him. quit moving the goal post and changing the issue with Jordan. There it is. he’s involved. Just own it.