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The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

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You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time.

Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement.

“With the NBA labor situation unsettled, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I feel it is necessary that I remain in the country.”

Jordan was assistant captain on the victorious 2009 Presidents Cup team (the President’s Cup is the USA against the world except for Europe). He will be replaced by John Cook.

I’m not sure how the lockout really impacts Jordan in this case, other than the whole “I’m jet setting around the world with pro golfers while claiming my NBA team is driving me to poverty” thing. Actually, that is a pretty good reason.

For the record, if you want to watch the President’s Cup it will be on the Golf Channel and NBC. You might as well watch, it’s not like it’s going to be keeping you away from any NBA games.

League good with Jordan, locked-out NBA players golfing together

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As he has done for years, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will be at Lake Tahoe this weekend golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.

So will Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. They’ll all be hanging out together.

Most years this shouldn’t strike you as odd. But this summer — when the Trail Blazers GM nearly got a $1 million fine for an innocuous one word answer — it should.

David Stern and the NBA has forbidden anyone tied to teams — owners and coaches included — from having any contact with players. The league has threatened a $1 million fine to anyone who has contact.

But this tournament and these people all seem to have gotten clearance from the league, in the sense the league said Jordan can go but can’t play a round with the NBA players. Basically, they are just going to keep them apart. So, if Deron Williams says hello to Jordan, MJ can only nod back? Nice set of rules.

(Just for full disclosure, you can watch the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Friday on Versus, then Saturday and Sunday on NBC. Expect PBT to have some stories from the tournament.)

The league should grant clearance for things like this — it’s not like Jordan is going to try and sell Kidd on the need for a hard cap while on the 14th fairway. Events like this or a wedding should be exempted. Same with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hanging out with a number of players from his team at the ESPYs in Los Angeles (which was cleared by the league). Shouldn’t be big deal.

But as Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie reminded us, there is this note from the Portland Tribune about a former NBA player still on that franchise’s payroll.

Brian Grant — also on the Blazer payroll as an ambassador — can’t have current NBA players participate in his upcoming golf event for Parkinson’s disease.

It’s not fair. There needs to be some consistency, some leeway and reasonable accommodations made. Whether it’s a local fundraiser for charity or a nationally televised event, it’s not the end of the world if players and owners/coaches have causal interaction. The league needs flexibility, and not to treat these events differently.

Just another reason that this lockout is ludicrous.