JOR­DAN SAYS SU­PER TEAMS HURT BAL­ANCE

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Hor­nets owner Michael Jor­dan says that NBA stars gang­ing up and play­ing for su­per teams will hurt com­pet­i­tive bal­ance.

Last year, Kevin Du­rant left the Thun­der to join the al­ready-loaded Golden State War­riors. This year, Carmelo An­thony and Paul Ge­orge landed with Russell West­brook in Ok­la­homa City, cre­at­ing an­other so­called su­per team with tremen­dous star power.

In an in­ter­view with Cigar Afi­cionado, Jor­dan said, “I think it’s go­ing to hurt the over­all as­pect of the league from a com­pet­i­tive stand­point. You’re go­ing to have one or two teams that are go­ing to be great, and an­other 28 teams that are go­ing to be garbage. Or they’re go­ing to have a tough time sur­viv­ing in the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.”

The is­sue comes out Oct. 31.

Heat’s McGruder to have surgery.

MI­AMI» Rod­ney McGruder, who started at small for­ward for the Mi­ami Heat last sea­son and was a strong can­di­date to open this sea­son in the same role, is sched­uled for have surgery next week to re­pair a stress frac­ture in his left leg.

McGruder played in a team-high 78 games last sea­son for Mi­ami, start­ing 65 of them. The surgery would likely keep him side­lined at least three months, though the timetable for a re­turn will be known un­til af­ter surgery. A team spokesman said McGruder is still be­ing eval­u­ated and that any talk of how long McGruder will be out is pre­ma­ture.

McGruder av­er­aged 6.4 points per game last sea­son, nar­rowly miss­ing get­ting voted onto the all-rookie team.

Foot­note.

Brian Wheeler, the long­time play-by-play ra­dio voice of the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers, is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately for undis­closed health rea­sons. There is no timetable for Wheeler’s re­turn. He has been a ra­dio an­nouncer for the team for the past 19 sea­sons and last month signed a mul­ti­year con­tract ex­ten­sion. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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