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Michael Jordan says Hornets ring would mean more than six Bulls titles

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Michael Jordan is quite rightly considered amongst the greatest players ever to play in the NBA - winning six titles and five MVP awards during an illustrious career. His time spent as owner though hasn't been quite as effortless.

Tough transition

Taking over the then Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 Jordan's four-year tenure has included a number of less than successful draft picks and the worst season record in NBA history. With Jordan's competitive nature no secret it is hardly surprising then that he is desperate to bring success to the Hornets franchise.

Perhaps then that is why when speaking to ESPN on the eve of the 2014-15 NBA season, the G.O.A.T contender was willing to jeopardise his stature amongst Chicago Bulls fans.

"I'm always dreaming about that seventh ring...and to get to that would be much more gratifying than the other six that I've actually won"

Adding another ring

Jordan spoke openly about the difficulties and frustrations associated with making the transition from player to owner, and the Hall of Famer admitted that winning a seventh ring from the sidelines would actually be a great achievement than any of the titles he claimed as the leading figure of the Chicago dynasty.

"I'm always dreaming about that seventh ring," Jordan explained in his SportsCenter interview. "And to get that would be more gratifying than any of the other six that I've actually won."

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While it may take a while for Charlotte to reach such lofty heights so as to give Jordan the chance of adding another coveted championship ring, Jordan's explanation of why it would mean more makes a lot of sense when you consider his career trajectory.

"The six that I actually won I impacted from a whole different angle. Now I'm impacting from a totally different perspective and it's not as much fun but it is a lot harder," MJ told ESPN's Darren Rovell.

"You cannot impact the game (as an owner) the way you want to impact the game...I played this game for a long time and always took criticism in a way that's going to make me better as a basketball player, and I could effect the game. Here I can't do that...and that's one voice removed from activity."

Tough act to follow

Jordan's "activity" on the court helped him to forge one of the most impressive NBA careers of all time. Winning every honor in the game (many on numerous occasions), he was the go to guy in Chicago during the 90s, terrorizing opponents on both sides of the ball on the way to six titles.

Hearing him then put a potential seventh title above this success just goes to show that his competitive nature lives on and Michael Jordan will stop at nothing to bring his on-court success to the Charlotte front office.

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