Michael Jordan US Team
November 2, 2011 by staff
Jordan, one of the assistants to the U.S. Captain Fred Couples, had talked enthusiastically about visiting Australia and play a role in the event, which begins in two weeks in Melbourne.
However, the six-time champion of the National Basketball Association, majority owner and director of basketball operations of the Charlotte Bobcats, was forced to withdraw because of a dispute between players and the owners of the NBA.
His position has been taken by PGA-11 winner John Cook.
“After careful consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to cancel my trip to Australia later this month for the Presidents Cup,” Jordan said in a statement.
“With the NBA unstable employment situation, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I think you need to stay in the country.
“It was an honor to be chosen by Fred Couples to serve as assistant captain. I like Fred and the U.S. team best of luck.”
There has been a genuine fear of the NBA could lose its entire season as players and club owners discuss their participation in gambling revenue. But in recent weeks, fears have been replaced by optimism that the impasse could be resolved.
With this in mind, Jordan felt it was important to focus on its commitments to the Bobcats.
Couples, said: “I would like to thank Michael for his significant contributions, both as an assistant captain and his role as ambassador for the Presidents Cup.
“While the team will miss the friendship, the spirit and leadership, no doubt understand the complexity of their current team obligations.”
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