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BOOM: So unlike Mike

Michael Jordan, whose claim to ownership stems almost solely from his inability to admit defeat as a player, has, if only by his actions, admitted defeat as president. The dinosaur is making himself extinct.

THIS IS NOT how Jordan envisioned life as an NBA owner when he bought the 6-year-old Bobcats from cable-TV magnate Bob Johnson in 2010. The six- time NBA champion promoted himself from president of basketball operations to majority owner, assuming control of the $175 million franchise by putting in his own cash to cover operating losses. Unlike his experience as a front office man in Washington, he now had to answer to no one.
-ESPN The Magazie-So unlike Mike

I’m linking to this because it’s the Bobcats being discussed in ESPN The Magazine – but I’m not happy about it. It’s another rehashing of the “MJ made horrible decisions and is finally letting someone else make the calls” story. Spencer already talked about this same thing back in April – Brown sick over Jordan’s Struggles.

What’s Spencer have to say about the new article?

I wrote this post on MJ back in April when Larry Brown came out with his comments of why Jordan has struggled so much in Charlotte.

This post is proof that this most recent news of Jordan stepping aside in personnel decision making isn’t really news. In fact, it’s been known for quite sometime.

Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever and since he’s been in the front office of NBA franchises he’s struggled. The media will feed off, and repeat themselves, about his struggles as long as they last. There is something about our culture and society that actually like to see people who were once hero’s be exposed and brought to their knees. So, again, this type of story about Jordan will resurface until this franchise turns it around.

To me, MJ stepped aside, to an extent, when he hired Rich Cho and seemingly moved on with the way that player development had been handled for years under himself and Rod Higgins. MJ understands that he’s had a very bad career in the draft and with player development in general, so if he was completely neglecting that fact then why would he hire a guy like Cho? A guy from the new age Oklahoma City model and someone who also comes in with a completely new metrics system that basically breaks down every stat in the book to find value in players that other teams won’t.

Cho stands for the change in philosophy in Charlotte. Sure, MJ still has his guy- Rod Higgins, but the vessel has clearly changed course. All you really have to do is look at the trades that have been made since Cho took over. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson traded essentially for future picks, but the one piece that Cho did get out of one those deals (Corey Maggette) has now been flipped for 3-point shooting and a future first round pick. Everything about the organization since Cho took over screams ‘REBUILD’, but when Jordan was running the show, the message was clearly to compete in the present and settle for mediocrity.

Cho has at least given this team some direction, something that Jordan never seemed to be doing.

It’s old news to me, and I think to most people who follow the team. MJ is no longer the vp of basketball operations like he was first brought in to be – he’s the majority owner. Will he still have a say in personnel decisions? Sure, just like the league did in telling New Orleans to find a better deal for CP3. Time to move on. MJ’s involvement has brought far more interest to the Bobcat’s struggles than would have otherwise existed – the Cavaliers lost 26 straight games the prior season and the Nets took a run at the all-time worst record with 12 wins back in 09-10. Let’s go back to making fun of Dan Gilbert’s use of comic sans.