These are tough times for the two biggest names in Charlotte sports.
But the older one had some advice for the younger one, as former NBA star and current Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can’t put too much pressure on himself.
“Obviously he’s trying to put a lot of things on his back and that’s human nature,” Jordan told Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer. “Sometimes when you expect so many great things you want to carry that burden yourself. And its virtually impossible.
“He’s going to have to get the support of his team — obviously the organization is supporting him — and grind through this.”
Jordan and Newton are neighbors in the same Charlotte high-rise, and they’re both hoping for better days.
The Bobcats are coming off the NBA’s all-time worst winning percentage (.106, a 7-59 record last year), and they lost the draft lottery and missed out on once-per-generation big man Anthony Davis.
The Panthers are 1-6, and have fired a general manager and are poised for a huge makeover this offseason, meaning local fans don’t have much to celebrate.
But Jordan said Newton needs to make sure he’s doing everything he can to turn that around.
“He’s got to look at himself in the mirror,” Jordan said. “Every leader in any scenario always must look himself in the mirror and say, ‘Can I do more?’ or ‘What can I do to enhance the scenario with my teammates to pull them along?’ or do whatever I can to try to make the situation better.
“That would be my advice. Look yourself in the mirror and say OK, evaluate what I’m doing, evaluate what needs to be done and see what I can do to help.”
Of course, Jordan didn’t win six NBA titles by himself, as he needed a Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, but more importantly, a Phil Jackson.
The Panthers at the moment look like a Tim Floyd-coached team, which means that much more pressure on Newton himself.