Would Michael Jordan Be a Good NBA Coach?
With his team sputtering in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, Jordan took to the practice floor for some one-on-one time against Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer).
Jordan battled the two Bobcats on the block.
How did the 49-year-old Jordan look? Well, according to Henderson, "he's still got it."
You can be the judge.
Could the basketball great be feeling an itch to join the coaching ranks? If so, will these brief practice encounters be enough to scratch that itch?
Clearly, the former Bulls great has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to his players. With six championships on his resume and five MVP awards on his mantle, his presence commands attention inside any NBA locker room.
Jordan moved back to his seat next to Charlotte's sideline for their 104-96 home loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The draw of the practice floor is understandable and perhaps easily dismissed given his many basketball accomplishments. But a move to the sideline may signal that Jordan considers himself the only viable option to coach his team back into the postseason race.
But how would Jordan the coach compare to Jordan the player? Or how would it compare to Jordan the owner?
Depending on his players, Jordan could either be an ultimate motivator or a confidence killer. During his playing days, he never held his tongue when talking about his Chicago teammates.
In his book "The Jordan Rules," Sam Smith of bulls.com shared some of Jordan's most ferocious attacks on teammates. According to Smith, Jordan extended those critiques to anyone from right-hand man Scottie Pippen to the last man on Chicago's roster.
Jordan abused teammate Will Perdue. Once when teammate John Paxson passed the ball to Perdue, Jordan yelled "He can't do anything the ball. Don't give it to him."
Jordan later referred to Perdue as "Will Vanderbilt." His reasoning for the nickname? "[Perdue] doesn't deserve to be named after a Big Ten school."
Would you want Jordan coaching your favorite team?
He told Horace Grant, "you're an idiot. You've screwed up every play we ever ran. You're too stupid to even remember the plays."
But he saved his sharpest criticism for former teammate and current Bulls color commentator Stacey King. "You ever hear of a guy big and fat like that and he can't get but two rebounds, if that many?" Jordan asked. "One rebound in three games. Power forward. Maybe they should call it powerless forward."
It's hard to imagine what kind of colorful critiques Jordan could drum up for current Charlotte disappointments Tyrus Thomas and DeSagana Diop. Or the talented, but raw Kidd-Gilchrist.
If this were a talented, veteran-laden team, then perhaps they'd be able to assume the verbal barrage that only Jordan could unleash.
But this current club of young, unproven players looks to be a match made in Hell for the fiery Jordan. Maybe a move to the owner's box would be his best decision.
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