Adam Silver was asked about Jordan’s comments on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” on Monday. Silver, well aware of the competitiveness that exists within Jordan, said it made him chuckle. After all, this might be the most competitive basketball player ever saying this in a year where his team isn’t being picked to win the championship. “I chuckled a little bit because this notion that maybe the most competitive athlete in the history all of sports is frustrated a little bit that his team isn’t predicted to win the championship this year. So I take it with a bit of a grain of salt. And also here’s a guy who in his last six full seasons as a Chicago Bull won the championship. So at the time, of course, everyone defined that Bulls team as a super team.”
And the consensus is the Detroit Pistons are better with Bradley, whom they acquired this off-season. Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker rolled his eyes when asked about the Bradley snub. “That’s ridiculous. He’s probably, if not the best, one of the best on-ball defenders in our league,” said Walker, who will lead the Hornets against the Pistons on Wednesday night in both teams’ season opener. “He’s one of those guys where, ‘Damn, you got to play against him tonight?’ He’s like the perfect defender. When you teach defense, he’s the guy that would like to learn from.
Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is no given to be ready to play in Wednesday’s NBA season opener against the Pistons in Detroit. Kidd-Gilchrist has been away from the Hornets for about a week, tending to an excused personal matter. Coach Steve Clifford said Sunday Kidd-Gilchrist might not be ready to start – or even play – in the team’s first regular-season game.