Thursday, March 1, 2012

Is Michael Jordan His Own Worst Enemy?

If Michael Jordan the player was playing for Michael Jordan the owner he'd be cussing himself out right about now. The Charlotte Bobcats are a pathetic 4-29 after losing 10 of their last 11 games. They are the lowest scoring team in the league and have a ridiculous .121 winning percentage. Who's to blame for this fiasco?

Michael Jordan. Although many consider his Airness to be the greatest player that ever lived his managerial skills have been more than a little questionable. In 2001 he drafted Kwame Brown when Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol were still available. In 2006 he selected Adam Morrison when Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, and Rajon Rondo were still on the board. In the past 4 years he's traded Tyson Chandler, Gerald Wallace, Ray Felton, and Stephen Jackson (all 4 players are integral parts of their respected teams). If anyone else other than Michael Jordan made these personnel decisions they would be out of a job.

The problem is Michael Jordan's presence. No one has the courage to tell him when he's wrong or suggest something contradictory to his beliefs. Just because you were a great player doesn't mean you can succeed in the front office. Wayne Gretzky, Bill Russell, and John Elway all had to learn this lesson the hard way. Maybe Michael should call them for advice.

The good news is Charlotte is headed towards the lottery and the odds are greatly in their favor of landing the #1 pick. The consensus selection would be Anthony Davis from Kentucky. The 6'10 can't miss prospect could turn the Bobcats around in a heartbeat. Even Jordan couldn't screw that up. Let's hope Charlotte doesn't end up with a pick between 2 and 5 though. Then things could get ugly. Here's wishing Michael some luck with the magic ping pong balls. Otherwise his judgement may ruin his legacy.

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