Michael Jordan Is A Bad Executive
This article will not be received well by the Michael Jordan fans that believe His Airness can do no wrong. Let me SHOUT THIS to those people… look what he’s doing (again) in Charlotte!!!
MJ became a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats last year and has since loaded up the front office with longtime friends, confidants and ex-teammates (i.e. Rod Higgins, Buzz Peterson, Sam Vincent). None of these three have a track record or experience in building winning franchises. What they are is a trio that will not challenge MJ but do whatever it is he tells them.
In two years (drafts), MJ has drafted Adam Morrison (#3 – ’06) and traded North Carolina forward Brandan Wright (#8 – ’07, 6′ 10″) to the Golden State Warriors for Jason Richardson (6′ 5″). Jason Richardson is owed 48 million dollars and has a history of knee problems during his 6-year career with the Warriors. Adam Morrison was drafted 3 spots higher than the 2006 Rookie of the Year – Brandon Roy.
It’s an established fact that he cannot draft (see Kwame Brown) and he cannot hire the right coach (see Leonard Hamilton). Why is he turning over the keys to this franchise to Sam Vincent who only has a year of NBA coaching experience as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks?
As much as I like MJ, I don’t like what he’s done in his post-playing days in the NBA. Knowing the tough, bottom-line owner Bob Johnson’s history of bullying his employees (see Tavis Smiley formerly of BET), this relationship will not end happily every after.