Michael Jordan, the keeper of the throne, has showboated his way right into one of the worst seasons as an owner in the history of the league.
The Charlotte Bobcats have failed in every avenue after once being predicted to shine into a spot in the playoffs in the preseason. The Bobcats have now barreled so deep into their demise that Jordan has threatened the fans with something they have yearned for since his arrival.
“I told Rich to make us better,” Jordan told one associate recently. “If that doesn’t work and I can’t make a profit in the next three to four years, then I’m selling.”
This should not be a surprise. A former player so accustomed to being the strongest suit in the league has become the epitome of the answer to the question: Why shouldn’t great NBA players achieve true positions of power in the front office?
One would assume that Jordan knows talent.
He fought through flu-like symptoms to show how amazing he was and won six championship rings by demonstrating the knowledge of the court vision and recognizing skill. What was lost in the excitement of his legacy as a player is that all of that was done with his own talent in mind.
It is much easier for a player to figure out how to manipulate his own attributes to function and exercise his potential than to watch another player and fiddle with his limits to put together a dynasty as Jordan experienced with the Chicago Bulls.
The NBA could only be so lucky to watch Jordan end his stint in the front office and retire on a remote island. Jordan has been an underwhelming owner far too long for anyone’s liking. Yet, who can say they did not see this coming?
This is the same Michael Jordan that was president of the Washington Wizards when they drafted Kwame Brown with the No. 1 overall pick. He was fired, and now, as Charlotte’s majority owner, apparently wants out.
That is, unless Charlotte begins emulating his rise in the NBA.
Of course, the turn would not be expected to be abrupt, but if Jordan does not see vast improvement soon, then he could be run out of town by the only thing that can strike fear in his heart.
Update: B.J. Evans, Charlotte Bobcats' Director of Communications, reports that Michael Jordan denies reports that he may be selling the Charlotte Bobcats, via Twitter.
From @Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan: "I was disturbed to hear the false report that I intend to sell my majority interest in the....
Jordan continued: in the Charlotte Bobcats. I am 100% committed to building the Bobcats into a contender and have no plans to sell the team.