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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Why Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan Should Amnesty Himself

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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 31, 2012

Wednesday night turned into just another in a long list of losses for Michael Jordan as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The bad news got worse by not getting the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. If winning only seven games and finishing with the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history wasn't bad enough, the woeful Bobcats now lose out on Kentucky's Anthony Davis as well.

I guess the only good news is that Charlotte still has their amnesty clause to use. Jordan should do the right thing with it and choose to amnesty himself.

If only that were possible.

Jordan is just another example of why great players don't make great executives. As a player, he was the best we've ever seen. But as a general manager, he's possibly the worst we've ever seen. As an owner, he's not much better.

He's not the only NBA great to experience failures in the front office. Jordan could end up doing to the Bobcats what Isaiah Thomas did to the Knicks, and that's set the franchise back about a decade.

In two years under his watch, the Bobcats went from a playoff team to the worst team in the history of the NBA.

Jordan has basketball people in place now that include: team vice chairman Curtis Polk, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, team president Fred Whitfiled and general manager Rich Cho. So he should realistically lean on his people to make things better.

But MJ hasn't proven anything in his time off the court that gives one any confidence that the Bobcats will ever become a consistent winner under his watch.

Ever since taking over as president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards in 2000, it's been a history of one bad decision after another (including drafting Kwame Brown with the No. 1 overall pick). That's carried over to Charlotte, where the Bobcats haven't made may wise personnel decisions after Jordan arrived.

On the Charlotte roster this season were the bad contracts of Tyrus Thomas, Corey Maggette and DeSagana Diop. Thomas and Maggette eat up a combined $61 million, and both were acquired during Jordan's regime.

The bottom line is that there is very little hope that the Bobcats will get things turned around in a timely fashion as long as Jordan remains involved.

I know MJ's a competitor, but until he completely steps away from making any basketball-related decisions, there's still a better-than-average chance Jordan will make the wrong one.

But hey, he still has his amnesty clause to play with. If only he could use it on himself.

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