My Letter to Michael Jeffery Jordan
Dear Mr. Jordan,
As a life long Chicago Bulls fan, it pains me to see one of my heroes fail in his endeavours after his playing career has ended. However, what has happened in Charlotte is entirely your doing. I agree with Charles Barkley. You have too many people in your organization that may be intimidated by your status as an NBA legend and may be reluctant to tell you what needs to be done, but this too is your doing. I don’t know if you’ve lost your passion for greatness or if you feel that being an owner, or at least an owner that deals with day-to-day business, is easy, but being the laughing-stock of the NBA can’t be good for your EGO. Yes I said it, YOUR EGO. The same ego and bravado that won Chicago six rings, but also has the Charlotte Bobcats with the worst winning percentage in league history. Not only did your team not reach double figure wins, but they’re also the only team in the league to not win at least 20 games. Think I’m blowing thing out of proportion in this lock-out shortened season? Let’s take a look at what you’ve done wrong.
First and foremost, taking a vocal stand with the owners against players salaries was a big mistake, especially since you were once a player that outplayed your contract and was forced to fulfill that contract. On a more in-house note, trading Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace for very little in terms of talent sent the message that you were rebuilding through the draft. Nothing wrong with that, other than the fact that you drafted Kwame Brown when you were in Washington, so your drafting skills are suspect. Kemba Walker was the best player available in last year’s weak draft, so that pick was a no-brainer, but I’m curious to see what you will do with the potential #1 pick in the 2012 draft.
I hope you take this letter to heart and improve the Bobcats (a name change wouldn’t hurt either), because the other “bottom feeders” won’t be bad for long. Minnesota, Cleveland, Sacramento, New Orleans, and even New Jersey have all made moves through the draft and outside the draft to make themselves better and if you’re not careful your name will no longer carry the same influence it did when your were playing. Instead, what you will hear are the snickers on ESPN, sports radio, and blogs across the world commenting on you as an owner and your legacy in the NBA. Your Airness, this is 2012, you no longer have mainstream media to protect you. Facebook, Twitter, and Bloggers, such as myself, now have a voice that can be heard. As a fan that wants you to succeed, you can either listen to or ignore what I have to say, but considering who you have around you and what they’ve let you do to the Bobcats, wouldn’t you want to hear the truth for once? Your FANS are here to help.