It's Err Jordan now

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Michael Jordan no longer should be referred to as His Airness.

Instead, a more appropriate handle in the wake of his constant bumbling as a basketball executive should be His Errness.

During his brilliant playing career, Jordan had that rare Midas Touch, stepping up in crunch time and defying everybody with his buzzer-beaters, his incredible mental toughness and championship mettle.

As a front-office face, Jordan has been a colossal failure, his latest misstep arriving yesterday when he unceremoniously dumped coach Sam Vincent.

Vincent is by no means a bad coach, but he was surrounded by bad players, hand-picked by Jordan, who is part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and who has the final say on all matters related to basketball.

Immediately, Larry Brown has been linked to the Bobcats, a move, if it comes to fruition, will further stain Jordan's legacy as an executive.

The itinerant Brown, who resigned as executive vice-president of the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, is someone who can't coach a young team, which is exactly what Jordan has assembled along Tobacco Road.

But Jordan, if anything, has shown that personal ties outweigh conventional wisdom.

Remember, this was a guy who hired a novice NBA coach in Leonard Hamilton when Jordan hoodwinked Washington Wizards owner Abe Polin.

Fresh out of college, Hamilton lasted all of one season, much like Vincent.

Jordan, if you recall, fired Gar Heard and had to fall back on Plan Z when he asked good friend and former Raptors head coach Darrell Walker to serve as interim coach when a deal to secure Rod Higgins from Golden State fell through.

Remember, too, that Jordan selected Kwame Brown with the first overall pick in 2001, making Brown the first high-school product taken that high.

A complete bust, Brown represents one of many brutal personnel moves Jordan has engineered.

Ironically, Jordan could have had Pau Gasol that year and earlier this season Gasol was traded to the Lakers from Memphis, in part for Brown.

And who could forget Jordan's ill-fated trade for fellow Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse, who was acquired for Richard Hamilton.

Polin finally saw the errors of his ways and dumped Jordan, a move that was not received well in light of Jordan's profile.

What the Jordan apologists didn't know was that Jordan spent more time in his adopted Chicago than he did in Washington.

With Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan solidly in control, the Wizards have become one of the most exciting teams in the league.

Jordan, meanwhile, continues to meddle and make mistakes with no accountability.

Adam Morrison and Sean May have become frail with no signs of one day turning into solid contributors.

When Vincent was given a vote of confidence by majority owner Robert Johnson late this season, it was obvious Vincent's days were numbered when Jordan remained mum.

In retrospect, Vincent should not have been hired in the first place but he played with Jordan, an absolute requisite for the former six-time NBA champ.

Elite, transcendent players such as Jordan cling to this naive notion that they can somehow make a seamless transition to the front office by totally disregarding the very principles that made them the stars that they were.

Isiah Thomas, another elite player, gets ripped and rejected, but somehow Jordan is treated with kid gloves.

The question that must now be posed is how long will Jordan last in Charlotte?


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