Michael Jordan responds to Kemba Walker report

Annette Crawford
January 23, 2018

Jordan admitted that he was disappointed with Charlotte's season, as the team has limped to a 19-26 record and sit four games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference despite entering the season with playoff hopes. He had steadily improved multiple aspects of his game until this season.

"Yes, it's disappointing where we are", Jordan said, "But I haven't given up on the season".

"It's not like we are shopping him", he said after Monday's win over the Sacramento Kings, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. He's been with the team ever since and has blossomed into an All-Star caliber player who's forced to elevate a roster of complementary players that are slightly above-average and overpaid.

Walker has resigned himself to the fact there is little he can do before the February 8 National Basketball Association trade deadline.

When the trade rumors were originally reported, Walker responded fervently, making it clear that he didn't wish to leave the Hornets. But I'm telling you I like everything about Kemba's work.

"I'm over it, " Walker said of the trade report. We would not just give him up.

"Hopefully, Coach is going to turn the season around", Jordan said of Clifford, in his fifth season overseeing this team. Despite the lesser numbers, the 27-year-old will have the chance to return to the All-Star game as a reserve.

Jordan said he explained to Walker Friday that while the National Basketball Association is a business where sometimes popular players get traded, it is not the Hornets' agenda to make wholesale changes right now.

"I'd be pretty upset", Walker told reporters when asked about it.

"I'm telling you I believe in my team", Jordan also told the newspaper.

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