‘Build a Consistent Winner’: Michael Jordan Reveals Ambitious Goals for Charlotte Hornets

Published 03/05/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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)


NBA fans ridiculed Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets after their off-season moves. They got off to an impressive start by drafting LaMelo Ball; however, the ‘overpaid’ signing of Gordon Hayward brought down the expectations for an improved season.

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However, as the NBA heads for the All-Star break, the Hornets are in a comfortable playoff position. They hold the 7th spot right now and have a 17-18 record. The overpaid Hayward is arguably having his best season, while LaMelo is enjoying a ROTY campaign.

Feb 12, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) looks for an open man covered by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) during the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Although it is still early in the season, owner Jordan is proud of his team. And he is expecting more in the coming seasons and wants to build Charlotte into a prime destination for players.

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“Our goal is to build a consistent winner and have free agents look at our program, just like Gordon (Hayward) did this offseason,” Jordan said.

“It’s not just about Melo. It’s about our group of young, talented players, our coaching staff, and our entire Hornets organization. All of those factors, along with Charlotte being a great city, will make us become a destination.“

Jan 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter of a game against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Can Michael Jordan and the Hornets break their 5-year run without a playoff appearance?

The last time the Hornets made the Playoffs was back in 2015-16. They won 48 games in that season and finished as the 6th seed in the East.

Despite a valiant effort, they fell to the Heat in the first round after taking the series to 7 games. They have come close to making the Playoffs finishing 9th twice, but this could be the year they end their barren run.

Another record that they will be looking to break is their lack of a playoff series wins in almost 2 decades. The last time the Hornets advanced beyond the first round was in the 2001-02 season.

That could be tougher to achieve, but this Hornets team is already proving they can go beyond expectations.

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Feb 20, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington (25) and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, right, hug Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier after Rozier hit the game-winning shot against the Golden State Warriors at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Along with the arrival of Ball and Hayward, Terry Rozier’s form has also been crucial for their success. He is quietly averaging 20 points per game and has had a few clutch displays as well. They have 7 players averaging double digits in points, which shows how determined the whole team is this season.

The Hornets are have become one of the most exciting teams, and fans will be eager to watch them in the postseason as well.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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