Is Michael Jordan Hurting His Basketball Legacy As The Owner Of The Charlotte Bobcats?
In case if you haven’t been keeping up with the Charlotte Bobcats this season, here’s all you need to know: They aren’t very good. And when we say “they aren’t very good,” we really mean that they probably would have been better off this year if the NBA had experienced a season-long lockout. In fact, at this point in the season, they wouldn’t have missed much if there had been a lockout. They’ve only got seven wins on the season. And they are, in a word, abysmal.
Because of their shortcomings, a lot of people are starting to wonder if Michael Jordan—the majority owner of the team—should sell the Bobcats ASAP. The thought is that he’s destroying his own personal legacy by sitting on the sidelines at Bobcats games and watching the product that he’s assembled to put out on the floor. There have even been recent reports that have come out indicating that MJ might be looking to sell the team over the course of the next few years if they things don’t start picking up soon. He refuted those reports on Sunday by saying that he’s “100 percent committed to building the Bobcats into a contender.” But, is that really the right move for him right now?
The thing is that the league is a better place because Jordan is still in it. Regardless of the success that he does or doesn’t enjoy in Charlotte, that’ll always be the case. He might be retired as a player, but people still love MJ and all that he brings to the game. So I don’t necessarily think I can make a case for him selling the Bobcats and riding off into the sunset.
But what Jordan does need to do is surround himself with more basketball minds who can help him get his team off the ground. He literally needs to take a step back, hand over control of the team to others, and watch things play out. As a natural-born leader, that’ll be tough. But he needs to understand that it’s not his time to shine anymore. He signs the checks in Charlotte. But, beyond that, he needs to stop trying to do everything on his own. Because he’s shown time and time again that he’s not a great evaluator of talent (Kwame Brown, anyone?) and he’s not the best man to run the day-to-day operations of an NBA team.
If he can give up some control of the Bobcats, he’ll be fine. Ultimately, it may take him more than a decade to do it, but he could potentially build a contender. However, if he’s unwilling to let others play a bigger part in the success of the Bobcats, he might as well just put the team on the market now. That attitude is only going to lead him to tarnish the great legacy he’s built. And it’s going to change the way that we all look at Michael Jordan. Especially if the Bobcats continue to lose.
So, what’s it gonna be, Mike? For the time being, the ball is in your court. It’s time to decide what you’re going to do with it.