Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The pros and cons of his airness's all-access

As the NBA cracks down on the contact teams have with high school and college prospects -- recently Boston Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge was fined 30,000 dollars for sitting next to University of Texas star Kevin Durant's mother during one of her son's games -- some NBA executives are complaining that Charlotte Bobcat minority owner and primary basketball operations decision maker Michael Jordan has unfair, unregulated access to future NBA players through his high school all-star games and Flight School camps.

The camps, where adults pay to be instructed by top players and coaches, are especially sticky because they are staffed with high school and college stars -- who are essentially getting paid by Jordan himself.

Rival teams claim this unique arrangement could give Charlotte a heads up on when certain players will enter the draft, and also helps the Bobcatts establish relationships which could be exploited down the road when free agency comes into play.

Of course these executives -- a list I have to assume doesn't include any members of the Washington Wizards' organization -- have overlooked the great equalizer in this equation: Michael Jordan is running the Charlotte Bobcats' basketball operations.

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