WATCH: Michael Jordan Shouts in Anger as Hornets Player Airballs a Shot

Published 11/12/2021, 10:15 PM EST
SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and co-owner of 23XI Racing waits in the #23 DoorDash Toyota pit area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 06, 2021 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


The Charlotte Hornets were in absolute ruins when Michael Jordan bought them over a decade ago. They continued their struggle for a long time, with just two playoff appearances since his takeover. But since the last season, the team has turned a new page and Jordan is certainly happy about it.

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After letting go of franchise superstar Kemba Walker, the Hornets decided to go into rebuild mode. This has helped them to build a strong young core who have brought in a lot of fans back to the arenas. This season they have had a solid start, winning seven out of their first 14 games.

Tonight, they beat the New York Knicks, 104-96, and treated their fans to an impressive win over their Eastern Conference rivals. And owner Jordan would have been happy with the win. But fans could notice how the competitor in him was still not fully satisfied with the performance.

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Nov 10, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) walks toward the bench during a timeout after a basket during the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

With around 40 seconds left on the clock, the Hornets were up by seven when Oubre Jr. got the ball in the corner. Although he was open for a jumpshot, he also had an empty lane in front of him for an easy finish. But he chose to go for the three, and embarrassed himself with an air-ball. Jordan was far from pleased by this, as he mouthed a few angry words watching this attempt.

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Michael Jordan was in good spirits before the game

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One of Michael Jordan’s most iconic clips in his history as Hornets owner is when he slapped Malik Monk’s head in frustration. But tonight he had a very contrasting moment before the game began.

Prior to tip-off, Jordan was sitting courtside. He had a big smile on his face as he shared a light moment with his players as the commentator rightly said, “GOAT in the house.”

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Although his mood changed later in the game, he would be happy to walk away with a win over the Knicks. During his playing days, he had a lot of battles against Patrick Ewing’s Knicks, including their famous 1993 Eastern Conference Final. So Jordan would be pleased to notch another win over his former rivals.

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Aaron Mathew

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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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