As you can probably surmise from the fact that "vintage Air Jordan eBay store owner" is a lofty business goal today, both Jordan and the NBA survived. It would be the last lockout of its kind ... until 2011, when NBA team owners' sides once again swelled up from the ever-present thorn of astronomical player salaries. Now, here's the twist: By this time, Jordan -- one of the most vocal advocates of maintaining high player salaries during the prior lockout -- had retired and become a team owner himself.
For real this time, though. Not like when he pretended to like baseball.
So, being a former player, Jordan took their side, right? Nope! Even when the other owners made a final offer of a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income (it was 57-43 in favor of the players under the previous agreement), Jordan stuck to his guns, insisting that the players' share should absolutely be no higher than 47 percent. (It's worth noting here that, although 13 years had passed since the previous lockout, the highest-paid player in the league was making $25 million per season. An enviable sum, sure, but not exactly rock-paper-scissors money, if you catch our drift.) Jordan's hard stance was likely motivated by the fact that his shitty team, the Charlotte Bobcats, had lost $20 million the previous season. Morality has a price, and it turns out that price is "negative 20 million dollars."