Jordan returns to NBA spotlight, but his motive is questionable
Michael Jordan had a reason to say that. He had already brought five championships to Chicago, which is like bringing five blizzards to Rio de Janeiro. Chicago could not believe its luck. And here was
Krause denied ever saying it, or at least he has denied ever saying it like
And now Michael Jordan is buying the Charlotte Bobcats, though to be frank, we're not sure he is doing this intentionally. Jordan has been a minority owner with the Bobcats for a few years. It is possible that Jordan simply forgot to cancel his order for a new NBA team in time, like when you or I accidentally renew our cell-phone contracts.
Hey, good for Jordan. Hopefully this is good for Charlotte, which has waded through remarkably bad basketball management for the better part of two decades. I'm not saying Jordan will fail. I'm just wondering: What does he want?
I have not understood Jordan's post-playing career at all, on any level. And I'm not ripping him. Really, I'm not. I'm just baffled. As a basketball player, Jordan always had two careers: one as the world's most recognizable pitchman, and another as a player. And maybe his greatest achievement was that he never let one interfere with the other. You never watched Jordan play and thought his mind was on his next endorsement deal.
What happened to that guy? The new Jordan shows up at golf tournaments and Super Bowls and tells
If Jordan wanted to spend the rest of his life counting money and dating at least one model from every country on earth, then he can do that. But he obviously wants to be involved in basketball, too. Except he doesn't. And now he does again. Baffled, I am.
Since retiring from the Bulls, Jordan returned to play for the Wizards, became director of player operations for the Wizards, got fired by the Wizards, bought a piece of the Bobcats, and hired long-time friend
Jordan has become an object of ridicule for basketball fans. Michael Jordan, object of ridicule -- think about that. People mock him for taking
I'm willing to give him a pass on drafting Brown, because at the time, a lot of people thought he would be a star, and anyway, look at the rest of that draft:
As for Morrison, other people liked him too, and ... hey, the point here is not to defend those picks or even explain them. They were lousy picks, and it would not surprise me if Jordan turned out to be a lousy executive.
Granted, Jordan's failed front-office moves in the past seven years have often overshadowed his good ones. After bringing Larry Brown on board in 2008, Jordan brought in
Last November, Jordan traded for troubled Warriors guard
Still, it wouldn't surprise me to see Jordan fail. And it isn't surprising that he is
No, this is the part that I don't understand: Where is Jordan's work ethic? Where is his competitive desire? All those qualities that separated him from
Where is his
Maybe he has finally figured out that he wants to own a team but doesn't want to do the day-to-day work. That is probably the best-case scenario. Then he can let other people build the team.
But the very real possibility exists that Michael Jordan is buying a team mostly because he can, and that the next time he shows up to a Bobcats game, he'll spend the whole time wishing that, as an organization guy, he could step out there and play.