Hornets’ Announcer Eric Collins Reveals Michael Jordan’s Hilarious Superstitions

Published 04/28/2021, 5:50 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is on stage during the unveiling of the 2019 NBA All-Star game logo and city, being hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina next year, during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Hornets are finally looking like they are turning a whole new leaf this season. Despite missing some of their biggest names in LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward for extended parts of the season, the Hornets have remained competitive.

Much of it is because of the team oriented basketball the Hornets are playing right now. With a core of electrifying players like Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges, Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball, the Hornets have become must-watch TV this season.

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) looks on as Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) goes up for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The resurgent Hornets have a record of 30 wins and 31 losses and are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are now on track to make their first playoff appearance in four years.

Hornets’ Eric Collins reveals superstitions of Michael Jordan

After a pretty long time, the Hornets are finally looking like a cohesive unit. While their team is having a great season, so is their announcer Eric Collins. Collins has been turning some heads this season and probably one of the most electrifying personalities in the broadcasting world.

The 51-year-old recently made an appearance at ESPN’s Sports Nation. Collins revealed owner Michael Jordan’s obsession with superstitions. “I’ve known him for a little bit and he believes in superstition to a certain extent.”

“And the whole free throw jinx, the announcer free throw jinx I think that he thinks that could be a thing. Every once while I’ll mention the fact that Terry Rozier has made 19 consecutive free throws or the Hornets as a team are perfect at the line so far through the first three quarters.”

Collins added, “He will find me in the hallway and say, ‘hey you know what, stop jinxing my free throw shooters’ and I’ll say, ‘Hey Mike, I could have said that all night long and twice on Sunday when you were playing and you never would have missed’.

“He looks me back at me and said, ‘they’re not me, my team is not me.’ So he’s still got a sense of humor but he still knows who’s paying the checks and who the goat of all time.”

MJ might have his superstitions, but given the performances of the Hornets team, Jordan will be pleased to see his team succeed. Can Hornets make it to the playoffs this season?


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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.