Charles Barkley: Michael Jordan Has Not Done A Good Job As An Owner
Traditionally Charles Barkley has been one of Michael Jordan’s biggest supporters, however as a guest yesterday on ESPN 1000’s “The Waddle & Silvy Show,” Barkley said that Jordan has not done a good job as the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
“I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job,” Barkley said. “Even though he is one of my great friends, I can’t get on here and tell you he’s done a great job. He has not done a great job, plain and simple.”
“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.”
The Bobcats currently have the worst record in the NBA at 4-29, and the team has won just one of their previous 20 games. Since Jordan has become the owner of the club in 2006, the team has made one playoff appearance.
During a brief stint as part owner of the Washington Wizards, Jordan drafted Kwame Brown with the No. 1 overall pick in 2001, which is often considered as one of the worst selections in draft history. He then came out of retirement to play for the Wizards, but did not rejoin the team’s front office after a two-year stint on the court.