Michael Jordan Doesn't Give A Damn About Casual Conversation When He Has Something On His Mind, And Joe Lacob Found That Out The Hard Way
LBS- Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob joined 95.7 The Game’s “The Afternoon Delight” with Greg Papa on Tuesday and talked about the harsh words MJ gave him after last season.
“On the collective bargaining agreement, I was on the labor committee and I was in New York having a bunch of dinners with Michael Jordan and other owners,” Lacob told the show. “There were six of us. Actually, Dan was one of them, Dan Gilbert. Anyway, Michael Jordan — people are drinking and having a good time and all that, but there was a moment where he said, you know, 73 don’t mean [blank].’ He did it, Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him and I just decided not to make a big deal of it. I said, you know, you’re right, we didn’t win it, we had to get better.”
And this is how you know that Michael Jordan is the best to ever step on a basketball court. I suppose the six NBA championships and the countless accolades could have pointed us in that direction. However, the fact that he can sabotage a casual conversation between a roundtable full of General Managers as the worst General Manager at the roundtable shows how much clout he built during his playing days. Who cares if what he said is only marginally true? Michael Jordan was waiting to tell Joe Lacob that his team's historical accomplishment (that ever so slightly trumped his own) wasn't worth a shit since the second Kyrie Irving nailed that game winning three, and he wasn't about to let a friendly atmosphere keep him from getting it off his chest.
We should all aspire to reach a level of professional prestige that allows us to shamelessly do/say something that goes completely against basically every societal norm and still get head nods of agreement instead of "what the fuck is wrong with this guy?" look-a-ways in response. Joe Lacob is - without a doubt - the cockiest, most egotistical executive in all of basketball, and the guy who turned down four first round picks from the Celtics just so he wouldn't miss out on Frank Kaminsky made him sip his beer to help wash down the entirety of his pride. Michael Jordan is to a front office what Lance Stephenson is to a backcourt, but his quintessential greatness in the backcourt allows him to drop proverbial nuclear bombs on civil discussions and have them begrudgingly met with peace treaties. While 73 wins means a hell of a lot less because it wasn't followed by a championship, it's tough to say the winningest regular season in NBA history doesn't mean anything...unless you're the guy that followed up 72 wins with a championship. Apparently then it becomes pretty damn easy...