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Pollin: 'Bad situation' had to end

Updated: October 22, 2003, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Abe Pollin knew the decision would be unpopular.

Just thinking about it the night before kept the 79-year-old Washington Wizards owner from sleeping. But there was no other choice: Michael Jordan had to go.

"It was an atmosphere on edge," Abe Pollin explained in his first in-depth interview since dismissing Jordan five months ago. "It was not a healthy atmosphere to produce a happy organization or a winning team."

Jordan essentially ran the basketball side of Pollin's organization ...

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