“'I have not entertained any conversations about that right now,' Jackson said before Game 4 of the series between the Lakers and Phoenix Suns. 'So I just can’t imagine it. Not to say that it’s beyond your wildest dreams, that it never would happen. The strangest things do. But it’s just not part of my conscious thought right now.'”—Phil Jackson <Via NY Times>
With the NBA draft lottery just having been chosen, the Wizards now have the first draft pick. While talk will go on about John Wall and perhaps even a few trades, let us look back on the last time Washington had the number one draft pick. One might recall that back in 2001 Michael Jordan was president of basketball operations as well as a minority owner of the Wizards. Jordan was given the opportunity to decide what player the team would be drafting at it’s number one spot. One might also recall that he drafted Kwame Brown, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons and averaged 3.3 points per game in the 2009-2010 season with a 6.7 ppg career average.
Fast forward nine years to February 27, 2010. The Bobcats have announced that majority owner Robert L. Johnson and Michael Jordan have reached an agreement for MJ Basketball Holdings (awesome name, by the way) to buy the Bobcats wholly. On March 17th the purchase was officially approved by the NBA.
Keep in mind that Jordan has been “Managing Member of Basketball Operations” since 2006. He has been controlling all basketball operations for four years.
So I guess I can thank MJ for drafting Gerald Henderson 12th in the 2010 draft. And I can blame him and head coach Larry Brown for Gerald’s 8.3 minutes per game average.
Give him a chance, will ya?
Okay, back to Jordan. My opinion on this purchase is that it’s bad news for the Bobcats. Such a young franchise should be much more careful with its business decisions. At this point it just seems as though the NC team likes the looks of an ex-Carolina player born in Wilmington owning it. Cute.
Maybe I’m not giving enough credit to Jordan. After all, he does have his own “basketball holdings” company to advise him in his actions.
At this point, only time will tell how well the Bobcats succeed in this upcoming season…
via ballershots: And of Course my 700th post, by coincidence, was suckin’ Kobe’s Dick. Dammit.
Just continuing your reblog of my reblog, and because your 700th post made me laugh (I mistakenly reblogged this originally in my normal blog) Fuckin’ Christ that was too many blogs for one sentence. Just stab my diction in the dick. So here is what I mistakenly posted on the wrong (I’m not even going to say it).
Here’s the thing. I love how you opined “he’s just got to make sure he doesn’t flood the team with egos in search for talent,” because that’s my real beef with Kobe. I’ll get that in a moment.
If you’ve never seen some of the outrageous hyperbole Laker fans spew as they ride Kobe’s jock, then you don’t realize they think Kobe’s better already. It’s not rational, like most fans aren’t rational and that includes the LA media. I’m 75% convinced Adande is gonna have 2000 words on the MJ vs Kobe debate to begin the ‘10-‘11 season if the Lakers end up winning the title this year. It always comes down to the “Kobe has more offensive range” debate rather than titles and actual desire to win, or the fact that Jordan never had the talent around him that Kobe possesses with first Shaq, then Pau (if the Lakers do win I hope to god Pau gets Finals MVP).
I don’t think Kobe’s competitive desire to win is pathological like Jordans. He’s mimicking MJ’s desire rather than actually feeling that way. Kobe’s desire to win is to augment his already out-sized ego, Jordan needed to win because he was insane. Seriously insane. I’ll point you to his Hall of Fame speech as example A. Kobe just plays that role because he understands the similarities, but when it comes down to their core beliefs, Kobe is about Kobe’s greatness, and Jordan was about winning only.
Jordan would never control the front office like Kobe, the way you implicitly stated in the quote above, but again, I only think Kobe would try and provoke a roster move (Artest instead of Ariza), to ameliorate his own legend, with the added bonus of winning championships. Jordan would force a trade or do anything to win, not make him look better (case in point—he never would have gotten rid of Shaq)
There is just too much evidence to suggest that Kobe does anything without regard to his own place in history rather than simply winning basketball games.
While I applaud the characteristics you admire in Kobe, I think you’re buying into his Michael Jordan shroud. But, I think a lot of people do that, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and maybe I’m over-thinking persona in regards to basketball talent. I think it matters, and it’s why I’m worried about the media response if they win title number 5 and probably number 6 or even 7.
I’m obviously overreacting a little bit too, as we have a long way to go before he even collects ring number 5, but I wanted to jump out ahead of any G.O.A.T debates that are sure to surface on the west coast in the off season if they do win it all.
“Jared Dudley’s a fat loser. Anybody who gets smashed by 21 points in Game 1, including giving up 128 points total, then hits a couple of 3’s and is making hand signals to the crowd is a complete boner, and should play for the Cavs.”—
Yea but he’s got such a GREAT Twitter! Plus, have you been listening to this Ron Artest interview after the game? He’s a pretty big boner too. Dudley is just young and stupid. Nash will straighten him out for game 3 in Phoenix.
1. Washington 2. Philadelphia 3. New Jersey 4. Minnesota 5. Sacramento 6. Golden State 7. Detroit 8. L.A. Clippers 9. Utah 10. Indiana 11. New Orleans 12. Memphis 13. Toronto 14. Houston 15. Milwaukee 16. Minnesota 17. Chicago 18. Miami 19. Boston 20. San Antonio 21. Oklahoma City 22. Portland 23. Minnesota 24. Atlanta 25. Memphis 26. Oklahoma City 27. New Jersey 28. Memphis 29. Orlando 30. Washington
Washington is the big winner, and have two 1st round pick (1,30). Minnesota has three 1st round picks (4,16, 23). How many point guards do you think they will take? Memphis has three (12,25,28), OKC has two (21, 26)
Hey Danny Granger, way to jinx Indiana! Your James Bond never-been-worn white sport coat with John Wall Jersey underneath was the biggest mistake the Pacers have made since the malice in the palace. Next time keep the smarmy at home.
I think Turner is a great player, but he’s basically Andre Iguodala 2.0, and I don’t think he can save a rapidly deteriorating Sixers squad.
Oh Mikhail D. Prokhorov, you crazy guy you. I’d smile too, if I had billions of dollars, but you just missed out on Wall and Turner.
Pretty sure your emailed announcement of an impending title, sealed your karmic fate tonight. Enjoy losing out on the John Wall sweepstakes; although, you have a point guard already. If you email me, I’ll let you know what a point guard is.
If you’re wondering who they’re picketing you can read the article, but it has to do specifically with the Phil Jackson stance about “Los Suns" and whether it’s appropriate for basketball teams to become involved in political matters. The Zen Master, surprisingly (for Lakers fans) did not oppose the new law.
In an interview with ESPN.com columnist and former Los Angeles Times sports writer J.A. Adande, Jackson did not express opposition to the law, even as the Suns officially shunned it by donning “Los Suns” jerseys. “I don’t think teams should get involved in the political stuff,” Jackson said.
This might be surprising, except to my pops. He once told me the reason he hates the Lakers now is because of Phil Jackson. He used to love Jackson when he coached those great Chicago teams, and he loved him as a player for the Knicks, but once Phil moved out to LA, he became Hollywood in my dad’s eyes.
I can’t say I disagree with him anymore. He’s banging the owners daughter, and he seems more frumpy these days, but not about the right things. I don’t have the time to link to all the silly things he’s said to the media about Nash and Durant and a host of others. He’s become a caricature of the Zen Master, instead of an actual Zen Master. I blame Kobe, but my pops blames Hollywood. Either way, his stance, or lack thereof, on Arizona’s outrageous immigration law is more typical of this Phil than the one I respected on the sidelines in Chicago.