Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Period. End of story. If you argue that fact, you’re simply trying to create controversy out of nothing, or you’re just plain ignorant. He’s also one of the brightest minds in the basketball world, even when it comes to personnel management. I know, you think I’m crazy because of his decisions like drafting Kwame Brown No. 1 overall back in 2001 when he was a player-coach-owner of the Washington Wizards. However, he could do wonders for the Charlotte Bobcats if they would just challenge him.
It does sound funny rolling off the tongue–“challenge Michael Jordan”–but it’s the only way to make him the NBA executive he can be.
Larry Brown said it best recently when asked about Jordan’s struggles as the Bobcats’ head honcho: Nobody has challenged Jordan. You get the best out of him when he’s challenged, and he hasn’t been challenged since he retired from playing.
So the reason why Jordan’s Bobcats are struggling is because he’s bored? Bingo. The above “quote” is just paraphrasing, but you get the picture.
No one has questioned any personnel move Jordan has made since taking over as majority owner of the Bobcats, which is why their roster changes every other day, and why they have a bunch of “pure scorers” and no one to lead them. Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Ramon Sessions are all very bright young players, but there is literally no player on the Bobcats’ roster to instruct these youngsters on how to work together. If someone would go to Jordan and say, “Dude, your team stinks; bring in someone to fix this,” then he would do just that. Not because he was asked/told, but because he wanted to prove that his team doesn’t suck and that he knows how to put a winning quad together.
Until someone in the Bobcats’ organization does that, nothing will change for Charlotte.