LeBron James and the Cavaliers were already struggling with their rhythm in Shaquille O'Neal's return from injury.
When Michael Jordan started giving Gerald Wallace pointers on how to play LeBron, Cleveland was doomed.
Listening to Jordan and attacking a foul-prone James, Wallace had 31 points and 14 rebounds as Charlotte defeated the disjointed Cavaliers, 94-87, on Friday.
The surprising Bobcats won their third straight game following a seven-game losing streak behind Wallace, who beat James in numerous 1-on-1 matchups in the post – at the urging of the Bobcats managing partner sitting courtside.
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“He’s rooting, but he also has his suggestions on how we should play,” Wallace said of Jordan. “He’s just like any other fan. He just happens to be Michael Jordan — and he’s also the boss.”
James scored 25 points, but Cleveland had its three-game winning streak snapped.