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Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:12 pm
Barkley does not approve of MJ's work as an executive. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Michael Jordan is the greatest ever. Let me be more specific. Greatest player ever. Because in terms of being a basketball executive, he hasn't had a lot of success.

He's the primary owner for the Charlotte Bobcats and was president of the Wizards when they drafted Kwame Brown No. 1 overall in 2001. And as Charles Barkley told ESPN Radio in Chicago, His Airness has not been all that great in the front office.
"I think the biggest problem has been I don't know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to," Barkley said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "One thing about being famous is the people around you, you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don't think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree."


"I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job," Barkley said. "Even though he is one of my great friends, I can't get on here and tell you he's done a great job. He has not done a great job, plain and simple."
Hard to argue with Barkley's assessment, seeing as the Bobcats are an NBA worst 4-29 this season, while losing 19 of their last 20. Jordan fired last season's head coach Larry Brown and basically blew up the roster trading Gerald Wallace while deciding not the re-sign Raymond Felton.

Jordan became a part owner of the Bobcats in 2006 and hired former Bulls teammate Rod Higgins as his general manager ni 2007. Jordan assumed primary ownership in 2010. In June of 2011, Higgins was promoted to president of basketball operations as Rich Cho was hired as general manager after being fired from that position in Portland.

So here's Jordan's record in charge of Charlotte: Drafted Adam Morrison third in 2006, Brandan Wright eighth in 2007 (traded him to Golden State), D.J. Augustin ninth in 2008, Gerald Henderson 12th in 2009, didn't have a pick in 2010 and Kemba Walker ninth in 2011. This will likely be the first time in Charlotte, other than the Morrison pick, that Jordan will have a decision to make in the top five the draft.

That's where you make your moves. That's where you turn things around. As of now, Barkley's right about MJ. He hasn't done a good job. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:59 am

Wait--this is news?

I can't believe this is making headlines.  Everyone who knows anything about the NBA knows that MJ hasn't been much of an exec.  (How 'bout that Kwame Brown No. 1 pick!)  The only newsworthy aspect of this--if any--is Barkley has the balls to say the obvious about MJ.  Big deal.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:14 am

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

MJ is a very smart basketball guy. I can see him turning it around soon

Anyone remember Bill Russell as a head coach?  Yeah, most don't.  Because he sucked.  Kind of like Jordan as an owner.  Success on the court does not equate to success off the court.   Jordan has given absolutely zero reason to expect the franchise to turn it around.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:20 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

Selecting Rich Cho as his GM is curious. Cho clearly has a basketball mind and excellent references. He was fired by Paul Allen because he was basically incompatible with Paul. What does that mean? In that case it seemed from the sidelines) that he was not assertive with Paul. Paul demands answers according to what an employee thinks, not what the employee thinks Paul wants. So yes, perhaps Cho was fired for being a yes man. It colors the story a year later to see Barkley saying that Cho (among others) is a yes man. Perhaps Paul Allen did know what he was doing.

Selecting Adam Morrison was intriguing because many in the league thought the Blazers were aiming for Morrison. That draft, the Blazers made a couple of trades and ended up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy. Charlotte ended up with the 'Stash. Long on college reputation and short on NBA skills. The Blazers used him as a smoke screen. The Bobcats bit and were caught. Adam Morrison is the only top 5 pick I can recall in recent years that ended up with a negative win shares for his career. Kwame Brown & Milicic? Nope, both are positive. Morrison is all by himself. And Jordan is edging into LA Clippers territory as he accumulates history in the league. That is truly sad for Charlotte.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:36 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

I am glad charles came out and cleared this up becuase before he did..i just wasnt sure......
LMAO!!!!!!!!!  Good one der721. Yeah me too. When Charles speak.....people listen.... Tongue out

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:32 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

MJ is a very smart basketball guy. I can see him turning it around soon. I grew up a huge MJ fan and still am. I'm cheering for him to get it going in Charlotte. 

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:02 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

Can't argue with Charles here.   Jordan has been a terrible exec. so far but things could change, Kemba Walker was a great pick and he is going to turn out to be a great NBA player.    They will have a high pick in the next draft and if they can grab a quality big man things could turnaround for MJ.  

Adam Morrison was the worst pick in a while, that bum will go down in history as the worst player to ever win 2 NBA Championships.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:55 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

A common problem in any field of business: surround yourself with yes men/ women and people that pretend to be competent but really aren't that solid. Much better to work with people who will stand up to you and give you an earful when you are not making good decisions.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:24 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

I am glad charles came out and cleared this up becuase before he did..i just wasnt sure......

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:47 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

@Dropper owning a basketball team for Jordan is not an investment it's what he wanted, he wanted to be an owner.  Although some franchises end up getting a great return (i.e. McCourt bought the Dodgers for about 370 million in 2004 and now he will sell them for close to a 2 biliion).  Jordan makes his money off the jordan brand, his annual income from the jordan brand is higher than the annual return magic receives from his real estate investments.  Each guy sticks to the business where they know they can make the most money.  

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:08 pm

Barkley says Jordan has not done well as an exec

Stern pushed/helped Jordan get this franchise because of all the good/money Jordan did for the NBA. But Jordan's issue is that being a great player doesn't make you a great coach or GM. In fact great coaches usually come from players who were roll players because they can usually find and motivate guys who were "just like them". Great players often fail as coaches because they have a hard time thinking they can coach their guys to do difficult things that they just "instinctively" were able to perform. When guys can make the passes or shots they did, they get frustrated. I can only guess that this also happends with GM's. The logo Jerry West was the exception that proves the rule.

I'm sure this is Jordan's problem. I'm not sure what "special knowledge" he brings to the table, but he sure does THINK he has the secret sauce. The best thing he could do is let others draft, and then just work out with players. I'm sure he would be a great work out partner who wouldn't listen to him? I think his working out with Gerald Wallace turned a good player into a borderline great player just by being a non-stop locomotive. Jordan could have an impact there. But he needs to leave the drafting to the the pros.

It's also silly of him to try and make basketball his major investment. Magic made almost a billion ($900,000,000) from real estate and movie thearters and then NOW he's trying to step in and be a major partner in buying a sports team (Dodgers). Magic kept a 5% stake in the Lakers for years so he was around one of the best franchises to learn. Jordan tried to do too much (when he had 5% of the Wizards) to soon (buying Charlotte). I don't think he's going to do to well..... 

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