Jordan: I'm Committed To Bobcats For Long Haul

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he's "in it for the long haul" when it comes to seeing his struggling franchise transformed into a consistent winner.

He knows it won't be a quick, easy process after Charlotte "hit rock bottom" last season. But the always-competitive Jordan says the franchise needs to start turning things around.

He said Thursday that the Bobcats are not a playoff team now, "but we need to get the ball rolling in the right direction."

Charlotte finished 7-59 and with the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history. Jordan is encouraged by the direction the team is headed under new coach Mike Dunlap.

Jordan says the Bobcats still need to "fill some holes" but likes the core group of young players and the new veterans they've added.