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Michael Jordan Is A Bad Executive

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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.

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2 responses

  1. John Gray

    The failure of Michael Jordan of an executive continues.
    Should have drafted the primary need of a big man first.
    By drafting a PG first, and not at least getting Hardin in the second pick, the Bobcats will be sellar dwellers again.

    Just wait until the the draft that the Bobcats don;t get a #1 pick since they threw it away for Denver’s #20 this year.

    July 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm

  2. Phil Deeze

    As a DC area guy, let me say this: it’s fun to smoke cigars with MJ, but his Airness’ moves as a GM, other than trading Juwan Howard and drafting Rip Hamilton are counterbalanced with trading Rip away for Jerry “8-Day Rental” Stackhouse and drafting Kwame.

    Jordan’s only reason for being in DC was to bang groupies. He and Rod Higgins were at Cafe Milano so much, we thought it was a meal plan or something. Local columnist and ESPN guy Mike Wilbon said that Jordan didn’t need to move to the DC Metro area to do his job (DirecTV) scouting talent. As if all the Congressmen that have lavish places to live here don’t live in either DC, MD or VA.

    The real question for MJ is if he wants a job or just something to do. If he wants something to do, being a GM in the NBA ain’t the way to do it.

    July 4, 2008 at 7:53 pm

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