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NBA TV to feature exclusive interview with Michael Jordan

By Official Release
Posted Apr 17 2010 2:26PM

Living legend Michael Jordan will sit down with NBA TV's John Thompson in one of his first interviews since becoming majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The exclusive interview will air on Sunday, April 18 at Noon (ET) on NBA TV.

During the 20-minute sit down interview, Jordan discusses the great lengths he will go to help the Bobcats be successful, the notion that he was an absentee minority owner with the team, the strategy on how the team should defend Dwight Howard during their first round playoff series with the Orlando Magic, and many other topics.

Jordan on the great lengths he will go to in order to help the Bobcats be successful: "I've got to support my team and I want the fans to know that I have that passion about winning as they invest and come see the team. The two work hand in hand, and yeah, I'm going to get on the referees. If I can intimidate the referees to look at our team in a different manner, I'm going to do that. The good thing is that owners can't get technical, because I'm pretty sure I'd have had a technical by now."

Jordan on the notion that he was an absentee minority owner with the Bobcats: "When Bob (Johnson) brought me in, he brought me in as a basketball consultant. And I invested and obviously I allowed him to make the business decisions and he allowed me to make the basketball decisions. And what was asked of me was never to be in the forefront of the organization. Whereas everyone was saying 'We don't see him, we don't know if he's in town.' Well that was never asked of me initially. Now that I'm invested in the team, and now that my reputation or now that my financial commitment is at risk, where else would I be? I've got to be upfront, and I expected to be upfront once I made that commitment."

Jordan on how to defend Dwight Howard during upcoming playoff series against Orlando Magic: "So if I'm looking at (Dwight) Howard, and I'm not Larry Brown, I haven't talked to Larry Brown about the strategy, I would look at it in that scenario; we've got four seven footers, in essence we have 24 fouls. Somehow we are going to have to use that to neutralize (Dwight) Howard and not allow these other guys, their perimeter players, to hurt us in the double teams, kind of like Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott back in the day. That would be the strategy, and I feel like if we can execute that strategy we will give ourselves the best chance to win."

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