Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has been criticized over the years for making terrible decisions regarding his franchise. After a season in which his team turned in the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106) he has now backed away from making basketball decisions.
Jordan has decided to let general manager Rich Cho handle the day-to-day operations of the team without the greatest basketball player of all-time looking over his shoulder. Cho will be able to fully utilize his system of metrics and analytics, which have been used in Oklahoma City and Dallas to become dominant franchises.
ESPN The Magazine reported the following regarding Jordan’s involvement with the team:
“He’s promised the front office staff that he’ll let them do their jobs without his shadow looming over their (draft) war-room marker boards.”
Jordan acquired the Bobcats in 2010 and figured his name would help attract big-name talent via free agency. That hasn’t happened, and the team’s drafting decisions haven’t worked out. Cho has wisely noted that trying to win by grabbing big-time free agents isn’t the way things typically work in the NBA. Instead, drafting and developing young talent is the way to build a strong franchise.
Jordan’s time in charge has produced a record of 41-107 over the past two seasons. He’s making the right decision to step down.