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Today in shocking, shocking news: MJ might not be working as hard as an exec as he did as a player

Apr 9, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

Michael Jordan AP

Here’s an interesting quote from Sam Vincent on Michael Jordan, via the Washington Post’s Rick Maese:

“The work he put in to be a great player and the work you put in to be a great executive, those are different things,” said Sam Vincent, whom Jordan hired as his head coach in 2007 less than a year after he became minority owner. “That additional time you spend on jump shots, running, dunking, I don’t know if he puts in that same amount of time as an executive or if he even cares to.”

This shouldn’t be particularly surprising news to anybody: many great ex-players who go into front-office careers after their playing days are over seem to rely on their instincts, while being a successful front office man in today’s NBA requires a grueling work schedule in order to keep up with prospect scouting, advanced scouting, new statistical tools, and hours and hours of film study on opposing players.

Jordan, who has always loved golf and gambling, isn’t the archetypal front office man for today’s NBA, and his time in the Wizards’ and Bobcats’ front office seems to be showing that his front-office instincts aren’t nearly as good as the on-court instincts that allowed him to lead the Bulls to 6 NBA Championships.

The Bobcats are currently 7-47, and it’s almost certain that they’ll finish with the NBA’s worst record this season. Winning the lottery and snagging Anthony Davis could help turn the team around, but they may need to make some changes at the very top of the organization in order to become a competitive franchise.

  1. borderline1988 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    He looks so evil in that picture.

    Looks slightly different than his smiling happy face on those battery commercials.

  2. bearsstillsuck - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I have a hard time believing he’d let himself be a complete failure at anything. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few more years he turns it around, unless he sells the team first.

  3. Fred - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I’m still expecting him to make a triumphant return to acting and win that Oscar he should’ve won for Space Jam.

    • b7p19 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      One of the great travisties in film history.

  4. mempusa - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Has he ever been successful in any business he owned a majority stake in? I’m pretty sure ALL have flopped

  5. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    All he needs is some idiot like Starks to piss him off and then the Bobcats will win 55 games like he dropped 55 on Starks.

  6. explosionsauce - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Game 6

  7. nygrwy - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    This guy is obviously going the OKC way. Why pay players big money if they are only going to get you 20 wins. Keep the cost as low as possible the next couple of years

  8. mcjon22 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    When you are ridiculously wealthy, can get any women you want, can buy anything you want, are recognizable to the majority of the planet, are considered hands down the best to ever play the game, well yeah, you could understand why MJ has grown complacent. Maybe he just bought the Bobcats to see if it was humanly possible for him to fail at something in his life related to basketball.

  9. BigBeachBall - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    the photo was probably taken during his father’s funeral…. good job NBC Sports… class act…

  10. trickybastard - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Why should we expect them to succeed as executives when most athletes don’t actually get degrees or finish school?

  11. juicedtothemax - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Am I missing something? He’s a majority a owner, not the G.M. or a front guy office guy. It’s his job to hire the people that run the team. So this article is pointless!

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      I think you underestimate how much of a role an owner plays in an organization — especially Jordan trying to turn around a poisoned market in Charlotte (George Shinn really screwed that up).

  12. adnan604 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    ahhhhh where’s the Hitler stache ?
    I think I saw Carmelo Anthony may have stolen it

  13. rooney24 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    He should just be a silent, hands off owner. Let someone run the team that (a) wants to run a team, (b) has more skills/experience to run a team, and (c) is willing to put in the time needed to do it right. He should just go play golf and gamble and then just make an appearance now and then for the team.

  14. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    @ mempusa he owns a motorcycle racing team that’ s winning. What do you own, your baggage?

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