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There were times, though, Jordan's answers weren't so matter-of-fact, when one could almost see the wheels in his head spinning madly, contemplating questions that have long followed him, to which he answered almost to himself as much as the reporter. For example, when asked about his thoughts on this year being the 30th anniversary of his rookie season, Jordan turned the magnifying glass on himself. "Do I ever have thoughts of wishing I could still play the game? Yeah," he responded. "That's human nature. But those are short thoughts until I pick up a ball or my knees start to hurt. I'm good. I'm right where I need to be." Bleacher Report

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"Do I ever have thoughts of wishing I could still play the game? Yeah," he responded. "That's human nature. But those are short thoughts until I pick up a ball or my knees start to hurt. I'm good. I'm right where I need to be." Bleacher Report

So did his interaction with the media on this day, which he usually limits to the preseason and postseason. He wants the focus on his team as he works behind the scenes, much like his friend and NHL legend Mario Lemieux does as a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jordan looks to reserve the bulk of his public appearances in support of the Hornets' community initiatives, as opposed to the spotlight he once dominated. "MJ rarely attends away games because he doesn't want to deal with all the rah rah," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. Bleacher Report

A Hornets spokesperson didn't waste any time introducing the boss. "Michael's here, so we'll have him grab a seat and just open it up for questions and answers. Keep them Hornets-related as opposed to who's better: Kobe or LeBron?" That ignited Jordan's competitive juices, responding in a direct manner to make it seem like neither was on his level. "I don't know who's better," he said, as the whole room laughed. In that regard, Jordan hasn't changed. His business team explained that the boss displays a teasing and competitive sense of humor. Bleacher Report

According to Cho, in addition to being around for training camp, the trade deadline, the draft and free agency, Jordan attends about 25 home games a year. "Overall, he's very accessible," Cho said. "He even Skypes." Jordan swiveled his head to face each question. Once you had his attention, Jordan offered a distinctive, almost intimidating look when asked a question. As one started talking, his head was turned slightly away, but his eyes remained trained on the speaker, occasionally flashing just the hint of a raised eyebrow. It was a look of intrigue mixed with a sense of I've-probably-heard-this-one-before. When comfortable with the question, he gave his full attention. Jordan, ever on the alert, is well-prepared for these press gatherings. Bleacher Report

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“MJ is as strong a competitor as we’ve ever seen but I think it took him some time to realize that he just couldn’t be MJ and will things to go his way as an owner,” said a rival GM who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He knows hoops, obviously, but with the scouting, the constant evaluation of talent, the movement towards statistical analysis — running a team is a full-time job and you can’t do that from the golf course. Hire good people and get out of their way. I think he’s learned that.” UTSanDiego

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Obama was asked in a radio interview to respond to Jordan's recent criticism that the president was a "sh**ty golfer." "I've never played with Obama, but I would," Jordan told Ahmad Rashad during an appearance on Back9Network. "But, nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him." The president was not impressed, saying Jordan "wasn't very well informed about this." "There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am," Obama told WJMR, a Wisconsin radio station. "Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case." And later ... "He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or maybe the Hornets," the president said. "But that's a whole other issue. Charlotte Observer

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"If I feel like he's going the wrong way that is when I will step in, like most parents do, and say, 'Look you need to focus on this and think about that,'" Jordan said. The internal intensity and sometimes uncontrollable competitive drive undoubtedly cost Stephenson money during free agency, and he knows the Hornets can't afford the distractions on the floor. "I have to cut down on the antics," Stephenson said. "I have to do whatever it takes to stay on the floor. If I get too much into the antics and get teched out I can cost the team." USA Today Sports

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says it’s his desire and intent to sign point guard Kemba Walker to a contract extension by the NBA’s Friday deadline. "I’d much rather get Kemba done before the season starts," Jordan told the Observer Tuesday. "Ultimately that’s what I intend to accomplish. We’re in real conversations. I’m hopeful. Really hopeful." Under terms of the NBA’s rookie pay scale, the Hornets can sign Walker to an extension by Oct. 31, thus avoiding him becoming a restricted free agent in July. Walker has said his preference is to remain a Hornet under a long-term deal. Charlotte Observer

Al Jefferson, an All-NBA center, can opt out of the final season on his deal this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. "You are always concerned – more so with Al because he’s totally unrestricted," Jordan said. "They are core pieces of what we’re trying to do…I’d like to keep both of those guys. I say I’d like to and I’d spend the money that’s appropriate. I’ll make every attempt to keep them." Jefferson was a breakthrough free-agent signing for this franchise in the summer of 2012. "Al is a straight shooter. We love him," Jordan said. "He took a gamble on us. That obviously plays into our thinking." Charlotte Observer

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