Whatever Michael Wants Michael gets. This has gone on since his days in Chicago with the Bulls. Very few things have not gone Michael Jordan’s way on a basketball court. At his peak he reeled off 6 championships in 8 years the first three titles back to back to back pause leave basketball go play baseball for 2 years … come back then win 3 more titles back to back to back. Go into retirement, then come back as a Washington Wizard, player/executive and then draft Kwame Brown. How did that work out? Finally gets phased out in Washington only to resurface now in Charlotte. In the last two years alone the BobCats are 22-111. Not what you would expect from a winner like Michael Jordan. Since he is the owner who writes the checks… well the buck stops with him. This is not to say that Jordan can’t turn this franchise around at some point but the natives are getting restless in Charlotte to say the least.
In a recent meeting with season ticket holders (as reported on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t lie) many of those fans expressed themselves about the team’s plight. The following was reported by Ball Don’t lie:
Media were not allowed to attend, but one season-ticketholder described what happened, on condition of anonymity. Jordan declined, through a team official, to elaborate on his Tuesday comments.
Jordan told the audience he’s as frustrated as anyone by the team’s 15-52 record, worst in the NBA, following a 7-59 lockout-shortened season a year ago.
During a question-and-answer session, Jordan was asked specifically about the performance of first-year head coach Mike Dunlap. The customer said he could see progress in some of the team’s younger players but that Dunlap didn’t seem to be getting much from the veterans (i.e. Ben Gordon, Brendan Heywood and Tyrus Thomas).
Jordan was non-committal in his assessment of Dunlap. But that’s when he made the general statement that everyone in the organization will be re-evaluated at the end of the season.
Now let’s understand one thing, Jordan hand picked the coach, a coach who had no experience at coaching at the NBA level (Maybe Patrick Ewing should be grateful Jordan did a favor not hiring him) had a hand in drafting the players and trading picks for other players, that left the team void of real talent that could make real progress over the course of the season. I will say this, as a Knick fan there was a once a upon time ago a Superstar who came to New York to run the Knicks by the name of Isiah Thomas and we all know how that turned out. His record wasn’t as bad as Jordan’s is in the last two years and Thomas got ran out of town by the New York media and the sexual harassment case by Anucha Browne Sanders that Madison Square Garden lost and had to pay 11 million dollars. The point I am making is that Jordan should feel fortunate that he is in Charlotte and not New York where he would have been ripped by the media for having a bad product like the Bobcats on the floor. Maybe he doesn’t have a Eddy Curry on his roster or a Stephon Marbury but he doesn’t have a Michael Jordan on his roster either.
It will be interesting to see what changes Jordan has in store for the frachise from top to bottom. No one would or could expect a playoff team next season but, at least a more competitive one with a better and respectable record would be fair enough to ask.They will have alot of cap space and could upgrade if they spend wisley to get the right mix of players young and old alike.