Well Larry Brown is in place as the Bobcats’ coach under the auspices of Head of Basketball Operations , part owner Michael Jordan and that of the principal owner, billionaire Robert Johnson. As to what this’ll portend to the franchise and its near future must now be open to conjecture . Brown the nomadic wanderer of the NBA who’s been known to cast his hat wherever he may well feel comfortable , even if for a moment. He must surely know that he’ll have his work cut out for him as a coach with the Charlotte Bobcats . A franchise that has underperformed for much of its existence in its present guise.
Michael Jordan , Head of Basketball Operations for the Charlotte Bobcats. picture courtesy of ap/photo/ Rick Havner ………..
After last season’s abysmal record wherein the franchise posted 32-50 in the Souteast Division , eighteen games under .500. It can be said that any improvement however slight that it might appear . Will be much better than no improvement at all. The Bobcats have abored and been mired in mediocrity for a number of years. But they were merely seen as a franchise in need of some discipline as well as good sound fundamental coaching.
Bobcats’ coach Larry Brown speaks with Demarcus Nelson , the former Duke player during a pre-draft workout for the team in Charlotte , NC. picture courtesy of ap/photo/Chuck Burton …………
In the eyes of Jordan it’d appear that Larry Brown meets all of those needs in terms of being a good mentor and teacher of a seemingly young roster and franchise. But many way well feel that this is nothing more than a short term solution of something that’s a long way off in terms of being fixed. And for Brown who as a coach has been able to provide a quick fix to whatever ails a franchise . This may well prove to be his most difficult task yet. Albeit that the facade and his comedic tenureship of the New York Knicks was less than a stellar success. And even when one takes into account that he had to deal with the ownership of the Dolan family and that of a GM in Isaiah Thomas whose knowledge of player personnel could be written on the back of a first class stamp and be posted. Where it would most certainly glean more value . It can be said that he was in a no win situation right from the start !
Brown directs players , Jamont Gordon(l) and Courtney Pigram whilst looking on is Brown’s assistant coach Dave Hanners. picture courtesy of ap/photo/Chuck Barton ….
In accepting the challenge and position with the Bobcats one can’t see how his task will be any the less easier for Brown. Here you’ll no doubt have a clash of ego’s that are as broad as they are large . Jordan if nothing else will have to reign in his and defer to Brown. And Brown himself will have to know that he can’t and will not always be allowed to have his own way. The two will have to co-exist side by side. And as the saying goes …………..oil and water just cannot mix.
Demarcus Nelson drives to the basket for a layup during a pre-draft workout for the Charlotte Bobcats. picture courtesy of ap/photo/Chuck Barton …………..
As a player we all know that Jordan’s appetite for success was voracious. And the undeniable success that he had was borne out of that. He could be a ruthless and clinical assassin on the court. And inasmuch as that success has been denied of him as an NBA executive. It still remains unwavering as he tries to prove to us all that he can be successful off the court as a behind the scenes facilitator of the Bobcats’ pursuit of success. His first time around where held the reins of the Washington Wizards’ franchise was a painful thing for their fans to endure as well as the fans of NBA as a whole. The missteps by Jordan were incalculable . So much so that Wizards’ owner had to Jordan the door. Jordan for his part felt that he’d been unfairly treated. Personally I think he got off lightly with the Wizards.
Billionaire , entrepeneur , and principal owner of the Charlotte Bobcats , Bob Johnson. picture courtesy of images.google.com/bobjohnson ………
This is now another day and another chapter of of Michael Jordan’s distinguished career. And as much as he’s been ridiculed as an NBA executive , there’s much that he’ll learn along the way. As to whether or not he’ll be a willing student remains to be seen. In light of what he can learn from Larry Brown may well go a long way in determining the future of this franchise. And for Brown himself there’ll be much that he too can learn from the likes of Jordan. These two know that the future of the franchise lays in their hands . And for principal owner Robert Johnson he too must now realize that despite having a legendary figure as the frontman for his franchise . That may not be enough to lift them from out of their doldrums . Unless they’re prepared to do things expediently and judiciously that’ll make the team a contender. They’ll be forever seen as the also rans of the NBA.
Bobcats’ C/F Emeka Okafor , perhaps one of the few bright spots on the roster alongside veteran Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton.
It may well have been the culmination of a dream for Johnson to become an NBA owner. But one doubts that he’d have ever foreseen the enormity of the task of trying to become an owner within the NBA with so many difficulties. The business of sports though no different from the financial machinations of Wall St. Within the realms of the NBA it can be just Machiavellian as anything that one ever envisage of seeing behind those hallowed walls.