Kyle Bailey Thinks Charlotte Hornets Fans Are Getting Impatient With Michael Jordan

“Michael Jordan might be the greatest of all time on the court, but he may be the polar opposite of that in terms of ownership – at least in the minds of a lot of people,” Kyle Bailey says

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LeBron James has signed with the Los Angles Lakers, which can only mean one thing: the road to the NBA Finals has just gotten a whole lot easier in the Eastern Conference.

One of these teams is the Charlotte Hornets, who have had a busy offseason, to say the least. After trading away former All-Star Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in June, the Hornets have signed four-time NBA champion Tony Parker to a two-year contract, as well as obtained center Bismack Biyombo in a three-team deal. 

Speaking with CBS Sports Radio about the future of Michael Jordan’s team, WFNZ Charlotte host Kyle Bailey is intrigued by the direction of the franchise.  He believes Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak and new head coach James Borrego do not anticipate a full rebuild mode anytime soon despite finishing a disappointing 36-46 this past season.

“I think they’re interesting,” Bailey said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I don’t know how much better they’ll be in terms of the win-loss column, but with LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference to go to the Lakers, the road to the Eastern Conference Finals is not quite as tenuous as it used to be. So I think the Hornets see an opportunity to get back to the playoffs and they hope that they can build from there. I don’t get the sense in talking with Mitch Kupchak that they really have any interest of blowing this thing up and rebuilding – to the surprise of a lot of people. So we’ll see. I think they’re interesting, and that’s all I know about them at this point.”

Frustrations among the fan base have been mounting in recent years under Jordan’s leadership as owner. Since acquiring controlling interest of the franchise in the 2009-2010 season, the Hornets have qualified for the playoffs only three times. Bailey knows that fans are desperate for a change – and they’re hoping it will happen soon.

“Michael Jordan might be the best, greatest of all-time on the court, but he may be the polar opposite of that in terms of ownership — at least in the minds of a lot of people,” Bailey said. “The Charlotte Hornets fan base — as beleaguered as they are and as rough as things have been at times, they will support a winner. They want a winner. I’m in that arena 41 times a year, and you can see it kind of brewing there under the surface. The fact that (Michael Jordan’s) organization has not won a playoff series since 2002 is downright criminal to a lot of people. People are upset with Michael for that and are wondering when something is going to change, and they’re hoping for the Mitch Kupchak and James Borrego era as time for that change. 

“There’s not a lot of patience with some people for Michael Jordan anymore, but we’ll see where it goes," Bailey continued. “It’s not the attraction that some people thought it would be where the free agents would just want to flock to play for Michael Jordan. It hasn’t really worked out that way. They have to draft well and develop here, and that’s a scenario where they have not done well. They’ve missed on too many lottery picks, and that’s got to change.”