According to Ryan McGee of ESPN the Magazine, the Hall of Fame player has promised to take a step back in the decision-making process for the team.
In order to win basketball games, Michael Jordan has removed himself from the equation. He's promised his front office staff that he'll let them do their jobs without his shadow looming over their war-room marker boards. More unlikely still, he's handed over the reins of the Bobcats to a next-generation GM, armed with high-level metrics, to do for Charlotte what he helped do for Oklahoma City -- and in doing so, salvage Jordan's flagging basketball reputation.
McGee goes on to describe general manager Rich Cho as a "Moneyball kind of guy." He was the assistant general manager with the Oklahoma City Thunder and helped build the roster that got them to the NBA Finals this season. After that, he spent a year as the general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers.
He was not given a lot of room to operate in his first year with the Bobcats, but Cho should be able to have better success with less involvement from the owner.
Since Jordan took over, there has been little to be excited about in Charlotte. The franchise has only reached the playoffs one time in its eight-year history, culminating with a 7-59 record last season, which was the worst winning percentage of all time.
Bad draft picks and poor cap management have hurt the organization over the past few years. Hopefully, a more experienced front office will help put the team in the right direction.
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com believes Cho can change the Bobcats' fortunes as long as they allow him to do things the right way.
The immediate change in the process, including more money spent on scouting and evaluation tools, is crucial. You're not going to make a huge change immediately. It must be a long-term process, which means Cho must be afforded time, the most valuable commodity of all.
Michael Jordan might be one of the best basketball players ever, but the only thing he has shown in his post-playing career is that he does not have what it takes to run a program. Giving Cho more responsibility could turn out to be one of his best moves yet.
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