Jordan: Tanking games no way to build a franchise

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan scoffs at the idea of tanking games.

The fiery 14-time All-Star who helped the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships simply doesn’t have it in his makeup to intentionally lose games this season just so his Charlotte Bobcats can get a better draft pick next year.

Forget that the NBA would likely hand down a hefty fine and fans would probably boycott if a team admitted to doing that, the Bobcats owner said purposely losing games is just not part of his competitive DNA.

“I don’t know if some teams have thought of that. That’s not something that we would do,” Jordan told The Associated Press on Friday. “I don’t believe in that.”

He then laughed heartily and said, “If that was my intention I never would have paid (free agent) Al Jefferson $13 million a year.”

It’s not that the Bobcats couldn’t use a player like Andrew Wiggins at Kansas or Duke’s Jabari Parker _ two college freshman who many view as potential NBA stars.

Jordan, 50, hasn’t been able to translate his on-court success to winning as an NBA owner and executive. The Bobcats are just 62-168 in his three full seasons as majority owner. They were 21-61 last season.

Still, he doesn’t believe there are shortcuts to winning.

While the 2014 NBA draft offers hopes to fledgling teams with a host of talented players, Jordan made it clear he isn’t thinking about losing.

“It’s not guaranteed (the player) you are going to get is going to be that star anyway,” Jordan said. “I did read that certain teams are thinking about doing it. But I’m not one of them.

“So let’s alleviate that conversation.”

Jordan, relaxed and at ease at the Bobcats headquarters hours before his team’s regular season home opener, has been widely criticized for his failures with the Bobcats and for his struggles in the front office with the Washington Wizards.

He said some of that comes with the territory.

“It’s somewhat unfair, but you come to expect it,” said Jordan, who became the majority owner of the Bobcats in 2010. “You set certain standards as a player that transcend whatever you do. It goes where you go. You will be wearing that around your neck so that when people see the name they expect the results.

“It’s somewhat unfair but it is what it is. I don’t let it define me.”

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