Michael Jordan on owning NBA team: ‘I’m in it for the long haul’

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Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan sits in the stands during Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan sits in the stands during Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan’s place among the NBA’s all-time best players isn’t up for much debate. His legacy as an NBA owner is a far different story. Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats finished last season with the NBA’s all-time worst winning percentage, finishing 7-59. (.106)

His team failed to secure the top pick in this year’s draft, despite having the best statistical chance. Jordan hired coach Mike Dunlap to help turn things around for this year’s team and added guard Ben Gordon via trade.

The six-time NBA champion granted an interview  with the Charlotte Observer Thursday, detailing how he hopes to bounce back from last year’s disappointing finish:

Q: You once said there will be a great player out there who can do for the Bobcats what you did for the Chicago Bulls. Still believe that?

A: “I do. I also understand we’ve got to get our house in order, so that it becomes attractive to certain people. Right now we’re getting our house in order; we’re getting the coaching that we need. Someone will want to be a part of this culture. At the same time, I can’t sit back and wait – we have to nurture what we have. You never know; that person could be outside the organization or right here in the organization.’’

“The community has been very supportive even in these very trying times. We’ve tried to be transparent with where we’re trying to go. Hopefully that

“The culture has changed. It’s not what it used to be. And hopefully players see that.’’

Q: How many players on the roster could contribute to a team that advances deeply into the playoffs?

A: “I think we’ve got the right coach to develop that talent. – all the little things that matter, the effort… As we see some of these guys evolve, that gives us a better understanding of where we need to plug holes. Right now there are a lot of holes that need to be plugged…MKG is going to be a good player for us. Jeff Taylor is going to be a good player. Kemba Walker is going to be a good player. Biyombo is going to start to show us (what he is)…

Click here to read the full interview.