Will The Charlotte Bobcats’ Failure Affect Michael Jordan’s Legacy?
Has there ever been a story that has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with the same athlete? It’s hard to believe that Michael Jordan has now entered the annals of basketball history as the greatest player of all time and perhaps the worst owner as his Charlotte Bobcats ended the 2012 season as the worst NBA team ever.
But will this affect his legacy?
No, it won’t take down his greatest player standing, but this episode of futility will surely damage Jordan’s overall image. When you talk about legacy, you talk about more than just a player. Michael Jordan’s legacy includes everything from his amazing on-court accomplishments,to the impact he had on the sneakers business, to his endorsements and celebrity. But it wouldn’t be fair to exclude his low moments off the court as well. Some may ask why, but when you discuss legacy, all things are taken into account.
Muhammad Ali‘s legacy will forever be linked to his activism and efforts outside of the ring during the civil rights movement. Pete Rose‘s legacy has been damaged because of his gambling issues. As for Jordan? We cannot forget about his sinister hall-of-fame speech, his infamous “Republicans Buy Sneakers Too” statement, and now his absolutely horrific GM skills when he selected Kwame Brown with the #1 pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Now we can add owning the worst team ever to the list of failures. The Bobcats’ pitiful 7-59 record yielded a winning percentage was .106. They lost 22 games by 20 or more points, were last in the NBA in both scoring and shooting percentage, and finished the season on a 23 game losing streak. This was all the doing of Jordan and Jordan alone. He drafted Adam Morrison, traded away a #1 pick only to get Tyrus Thomas and deposit $40 million into his account, and dumped the likes of Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
Should we go on?
This isn’t about rebuilding because Michael Jordan has never been a brick layer. He’s proven that with each and every one of his moves. He’s become a victim of his own longevity. The fact he remains involved only taints his legacy. We will never, ever take away what he did as a player, but his failures as an owner will forever be tied to the Michael Jordan legacy.