Jeremy Lin shares hilarious stories about Michael Jordan as Hornets owner
ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has focused on Michael Jordan’s one-of-a-kind competitiveness during his NBA career, but one former Charlotte Hornets player is sharing how that extended into Jordan’s time as an owner as well.
In a post to Instagram on Thursday, veteran guard Jeremy Lin, who played for the Hornets in the 2015-16 season, shared some tremendous stories about his experience with Jordan, the controlling owner of the team. Lin shared a tale about how Jordan once berated an official from his courtside seat, saying, “You were a bum ref when I was playing and you’re still a bum ref now!”
Lin then told the story of how Jordan showed up at Hornets practice after the team lost four games in a row, concluding his address to them by saying, “Figure it out and don’t make me fly back up from Florida.”
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All this talk about MJ being the inspired this #MemoryLane post. When I signed w the Hornets, I was imagining MJ destroying everyone in mid-post one on one after every practice (except me obviously…lol). He wasnt around much in the beginning but I vividly remember 2 MJ moments of that season 1. He was courtside at one of our games and was locked in…like LOCKED IN! He was on the refs nonstop. "Yo —-, you were a bum ref when I was playin and you're still a bum ref now. You gonna swallow your whistle all night?" The (unnamed) ref looked, saw it was MJ and never dared look back in our direction. I dont remember anything else that happened that game haha 2. Later in the season we dropped 4 straight Ls. MJ showed up at the next practice. I swear to you I dont remember any of the stories he told about his time w the Bulls or anything else he said. Only his closing statement. "Figure it out and dont make me fly back up from Florida" lollll People always say, "you are who you are." And MJ is to the core the ultimate competitor. Playing for him was an honor! #MemoryLane #Jordanshrug
Jordan, who hails from North Carolina, first bought a minority stake in the team in 2006 back when they were still the Bobcats. He then became the majority owner of the team in 2010 and helped oversee the name change to the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.
Lin is far from the only famous basketball figure to share inside stories about Jordan amid the documentary, as His Airness’ legend just continues to grow, especially now that a new generation is being introduced to the full extent and essence of Michael Jordan.