Hornets owner Michael Jordan smacked guard Malik Monk on the back head of the head, because Monk prematurely ran on the court to celebrate Jeremy Lamb‘s game-winner against the Pistons last night. Charlotte received a technical foul for having too many men on the court, but held on for the victory.
Zach Aldridge of WCCB:
Some people took affront to Jordan putting his hands on Monk – to the point Jordan explained himself.
Hornets owner Michael Jordan says lightly smacking the back of second-year guard Malik Monk’s head in closing seconds of Wednesday night’s win against the Pistons was a “tap of endearment.”
The Hornets owner, says “It was like a big brother and little brother tap. No negative intent. Only love!”
I doubt any other NBA owner could have gotten away with that.
But Jordan isn’t any other NBA owner.
He’s a former player, widely respected as the greatest of all-time. He’s black. He’s just 55, younger than most of his owner peers.
Jordan and Monk can relate in a way other owners and players can’t.
The power dynamic still isn’t balanced. Jordan is Monk’s boss. When initially watching the exchange, I worried Jordan crossed a line.
But both Jordan and Monk laughed it off. I believe this truly was acceptable in the context of their relationship.