These are tough times for the two biggest names in Charlotte sports.  But the older one had some advice for the younger one, as former NBA star and current Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can’t put too much pressure on himself.


“Obviously he’s trying to put a lot of things on his back and that’s human nature,” Jordan told Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer. “Sometimes when you expect so many great things you want to carry that burden yourself. And its virtually impossible.

“He’s going to have to get the support of his team — obviously the organization is supporting him — and grind through this.”

“He’s got to look at himself in the mirror,” Jordan said. “Every leader in any scenario always must look himself in the mirror and say, ‘Can I do more?’ or ‘What can I do to enhance the scenario with my teammates to pull them along?’ or do whatever I can to try to make the situation better.

“That would be my advice. Look yourself in the mirror and say OK, evaluate what I’m doing, evaluate what needs to be done and see what I can do to help.”

Jordan and Newton are neighbors in the same Charlotte high-rise, and they’re both hoping for better days.