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Jordan 'in it for the long haul' with Bobcats

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Jordan 'in it for the long haul' with Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan has taken criticism for his handling of the franchise since he took over in 2010.
Last year the team finished with a 7-59 record, the lowest win percentage for any team in NBA history, but in an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Jordan says he's "in it for the long haul" and is "motivated to do everything I can to bring a winner here."
Jordan, who won six championships of his own in the 90s as a member of the Chicago Bulls, said last season's historically bad record was humbling. It prompted change within the organization, as the team hired a new coach in Mike Dunlap and has five new faces on the roster this season.
I felt the need to step in and say, Look, this is how were going to do this. The culture of whats happening in Charlotte is going to be this. Either you buy in or youre not going to be here, Jordan said in the interview.
The most heralded newcomer may be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in June's NBA Draft. The Kentucky freshman, along with fellow freshman and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, helped the Wildcats to a 38-2 record and national championship.
Ive said this in the past and I say it loosely obviously: He reminds me of (ex-Bulls star and Jordan teammate) Scottie Pippen because he can do so many different facets and he can connect a lot of different, talented players," Jordan said in the interview. "I looked at (Kansas Thomas) Robinson, who I think is going to be a great player but can he connect? Can he connect the different pieces?
The Bobcats are a couple of years and key pieces away from thinking about contending, but what's your take? Can the Bobcats, under Jordan's watch, ever get Charlotte to contender status?

Under Center Podcast: How long will Mitch Trubisky be a work in progress?

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Under Center Podcast: How long will Mitch Trubisky be a work in progress?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin wonder how long the Bears will have to deal with growing pains from their starting quarterback, and also look at how this team can still win games even with uneven quarterback play. Plus: Just how bad are the Arizona Cardinals? (Really bad.)  

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

 

Injury report: Bears remarkably healthy after two weeks of 2018 season

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Injury report: Bears remarkably healthy after two weeks of 2018 season

The injury bug that infested Halas Hall over the last few years seems to have left with John Fox.

The Bears are entering the third week of the 2018 regular season, and their injury report continues to be light. No significant contributors other than Adam Shaheen have been sidelined so far, and as they prepare for the Arizona Cardinals, they’re almost full-go at practice.

Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson was limited at practice on Wednesday, and everyone else on the 53-man roster was a full participant.

Houston-Carson has not played after breaking his forearm in the preseason, but his return to practice on a limited basis indicates he could be back sooner rather than later.

Running back Tarik Cohen tweaked his ankle on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but evidently he didn’t have any lingering issues to affect his ability to practice.

Right guard Kyle Long was also in the injury report last week for ankle issues, but it’s encouraging for the offensive line that he was able to participate fully again this week.

For a team marred by injuries in recent seasons, Chicago should feel very fortunate with how healthy they’ve been so far this year. It’s supposed to only get worse as the season rolls on, but the training staff deserves a lot of credit for a durable start.