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Michael Jordan Can Expect a Fine for Talking About Andrew Bogut in Interview

Some of this NBA lockout nonsense is ridiculous. Whether it’s NBA.com initially eliminating all mentions of its players on the site, or Mark Cuban being asked to leave a pickup game at a park, the league has gone too far in policing matters. For another example, we direct you to an interview Michael Jordan gave the Herald Sun in Australia.

MJ was explaining that most NBA franchises are losing money resulting in an uneven playing field. Then he got personal bringing up Australia’s top basketball player, Andrew Bogut.

“We have stars like Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team.

“Bogut is a good piece to build around for Milwaukee,” Jordan said.

Those are innocent comments from MJ who was only building up the hometown paper’s guy. Not only should MJ expect a fine for mentioning a player during a lockout, but it could also be considered tampering.

I know, I know, you’re probably just laughing at the minutiae right now. Matt Moore writing at Eye on Basketball sums it up best:

“There shouldn’t be any big deal about this,” Moore says. “Then again, that’s kind of what’s been going on with this lockout. Making everything into a huge deal.”

It’s sad, but he’s exactly right.


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