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After battling back from an early-season concussion, Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner re-established himself as one of the cornerstones of Torontos defence with his playoff performance against the Bruins. He joined Jim Tatti on TSN 1050 to talk about battling back to find his form last season, his expectations for 2103-14 and how he was honoured to be one of 50 Americans invited to Team USAs Olympic orientation camp. TSN 1050 Audio: Jake Gardiner: Team USA camp, Leafs season Pavel Bure Jersey . -- New York Yankees centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI Thursday of his ailing right calf, which was negative. Alex Burrows Jersey . The biggest shock of this seasons competition was on when Watford took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-led comeback by City in the final half-hour. 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Thats not something that we would do," Jordan told The Associated Press on Friday. "I dont believe in that." He then laughed heartily and said, "If that was my intention I never would have paid (free agent) Al Jefferson $13 million a year." Its not that the Bobcats couldnt use a player like Andrew Wiggins at Kansas or Dukes Jabari Parker -- two college freshman who many view as potential NBA stars. Jordan, 50, hasnt been able to translate his on-court success to winning as an NBA owner and executive. The Bobcats are just 62-168 in his three full seasons as majority owner. They were 21-61 last season. Still, he doesnt believe there are shortcuts to winning. While the 2014 NBA draft offers hopes to fledgling teams with a host of talented players, Jordan made it clear he isnt thinking about losing. "Its not guaranteed (the player) you are going to get is going to be that star anyway," Jordan said. "I did read that certain teams are thinking about doing it. But Im not one of them. "So lets alleviate that conversation." Jordan, relaxed and at ease at the Bobcats headquarters hours before his teams regular season home opener, has been widely criticized for his failures with the Bobcats and for his struggles in the front office with the Washington Wizards. He said some of that comes with the territory. "Its somewhat unfair, but you come to expect it," said Jordan, who became the majority owner of the Bobcats in 2010. "You set certain standards as a player that transcend whatever you do. It goes where you go. You will be wearing that around your neck so that when people see the name they expect the results. "Its somewhat unfair but it is what it is. I dont let it define me." However, Jordan said he remains committed to the Bobcats and said hes tried to be transparent with the fans about the direction of the team. This past off-season he used the amnesty clause on forward Tyrus Thomas, a movve that took his hefty contract off the books.dddddddddddd Jordan still has to pay Thomas $18 million, but the move freed up that money under the salary cap as part of a one-time policy under the new collective bargaining agreement. The Bobcats used that money to sign Jefferson to three-year $41 million contact and to re-sign guard Gerald Henderson for $18 million over three seasons. "I mean, that was a statement," Jordan said of his commitment to the Bobcats. "I still have to pay more than $17 million, but it was a move that we needed to make to build and go get a guy like Big Al." Jordan also feels like he finally has the right man in charge in new coach Steve Clifford, a long-time NBA assistant who took over for Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season. "Were focused on what were trying to do," Jordan said. "I think the direction were moving is positive. ... It is baby steps. Every now and again you have a hiccup. But I must admit that were headed in the right direction and Im very happy with that." The Bobcats, however, along with other small market NBA teams, are at a disadvantage with potential free agents like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh -- who all could be a part of the 2014 class. The stars want to go "where the lights are," Jordan said. He said last year he didnt think the new CBA did enough to help level the playing field for small market teams in terms of helping them land -- or keep -- a high-profile difference maker in free agency. A year later, after seeing the system at work, he has eased up on that stance. "Its better," Jordan said. "We are still going through and seeing the full effects of it. From a business standpoint if you operate your team in the right way it gives you a chance to break even or be profitable. And it makes it more difficult for your talent to get up and go somewhere else. "You can provide more advantages than other teams to keep your player. Its a fair assessment that if you get your star you can get parity within the league. I think parity is starting to happen within the league." Jordan doesnt feel players orchestrating deals that land a trio of stars in big markets to form a "big three" is necessarily good for the game. "Im not a big advocate for it," Jordan said. "I came from an era where it didnt happen. If that happened to evolve from the draft, then you seemed pretty smart." Now hes trying to make that happen in Charlotte. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '