Jordan used to play his Hornets players one-on-one to give them tips when he first bought the team, but he no longer does it since he’s older. However, the six-time champion still challenges his players in different ways.
Michael Jordan bet Bismack Biyombo $1,000 he couldn’t hit seven free-throws
Bismack Biyombo, who has had two stints with the Hornets, recently told a fascinating story about how Jordan bet him $1,000 he couldn’t hit seven free-throws in 10 tries. The big man is a career 56.6% shooter from the free-throw line, so Jordan was confident he would win the bet.
Biyombo didn’t make seven shots from the charity stripe and had to pay Jordan $1,000. The Bulls icon tried to teach his center a lesson about focusing at the free-throw line and keeping his eye on the game, not the money. Unfortunately, Biyombo has never quite figured it out from the foul line, but at least Jordan tried to motivate him to the best of his ability.
Jordan is arguably the greatest player in NBA history and one of the top trash talkers of all time. However, his success as a player hasn’t helped him succeed as governor of the Hornets. Charlotte hasn’t won a playoff series since His Airness bought the franchise, but things are trending in the right direction.
Michael Jordan has a new franchise player
Jordan and the Hornets drafted LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball put on a show as a rookie and has the city of Charlotte excited about the Hornets for the first time in several years.
In 51 games for the Hornets as a rookie, Ball averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. He won the Rookie of the Year Award despite missing time due to a wrist injury. Even though Jordan’s group missed the playoffs after getting blown out by the Indiana Pacers in the play-in tournament, the future looks bright in Charlotte with Ball leading the way.
Jordan lost his previous franchise player, Kemba Walker, to the Boston Celtics in 2019. While it was a tough blow, it paved the way for MJ to draft Ball in 2020 and build for the future. The next step for the Hall of Famer is to surround Ball with more talent so that the team can make the playoffs in 2021-22.
The popular Last Dance docuseries is an excellent resource for the Hornets players. They can see how competitive Jordan was as a player and the sacrifices it takes to win championships. Some of the key players on the team have already learned a lot from the documentary and are hungry to make their boss proud.
Hornets playres talk about His Airness
Hornets guards Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier told Bleacher Report that they learned a lot about winning, leadership, and why Jordan is the way he is after watching The Last Dance. Rozier even gained a deeper appreciation for the man who signs his checks.
“You think you have an idea of [his mentality], but when you see this documentary, it kind of gives you chills,” Rozier said. “Me to be playing for him, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is super huge to me because I take that as he likes my competitive drive. He sees something in me. So … I just want to keep getting better.”
After the docuseries concluded, Jordan held a videoconference with his players to discuss the documentary and his mentality as a player. He wants to do everything in his power to teach his players the proper way to approach and play the game so that they can compete for a title one day.