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Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010

Jordan keeping focused

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan has had little time to consider the significance of being the first ex-player to buy an NBA team and just the second black majority owner.

The realities of what he's taken on with the Charlotte Bobcats, on and off the court, have given him little time to reflect in what he calls his "shot of a lifetime."

"Once we've gotten to the point where we've turned this around and it's proved to be successful, then it'll be far more gratifying than just being a stat," Jordan said on Friday. "Someone who is the first to do it and doesn't succeed, that to me is not intriguing."

The Hall of Famer has experienced many of the unpleasant responsibilities of NBA ownership in the past seven months. He took on $150 million in debt with more on the way, lost starting point guard Raymond Felton in free agency, traded center Tyson Chandler and had a couple months of uncertainty while coach Larry Brown wavered on if he'd return.

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