Barkley claims Jordan only hires “yes” men
During a call into the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley made some interesting assertions about Michael Jordan. He claims that Jordan, himself a Hall of Famer, and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, is running the team into the ground because he has surrounded himself with people who will never disagree with him. He has complete control of basketball moves and is the primary talent evaluator. Just take a look at Charlotte’s record (4-29) and make up your own mind if Jordan has created a team full of talent.
“I think the biggest problem has been I don’t know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to,” Barkley said. “One thing about being famous is the people around you, you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don’t think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree.”
Barkley has confronted Jordan in the past, questioning some of his player evaluations. ”I said ‘Michael, nobody wants to disagree with you. You are such a powerful personality nobody, especially your flunkies as I call them, the flunkies are never going to disagree with you.’”
If Jordan is ever going to become a successful owner and make the Bobcats contenders, he is going to have to get used to hearing “NO!” No team, regardless of sport, has ever risen to the top without give and take in the front office. Jordan needs to bring in real talent evaluators that will tell him when he wrong; and he better listen. Charlotte is a disgrace to the NBA, and it all starts with him.