Jordan makes right move

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan put a halt to a deal that would have seen his team acquire...

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan put a halt to a deal that would have seen his team acquire Raptors point guard Jose Calderon (right).

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Amid all the bone-headed moves, every backward step and over-reaction, Michael Jordan has finally done something right.

As great a player as His Airness was, Jordan has been a colossal failure as an executive, a shining example why athletic greatness doesnít guarantee success in the boardroom.

But his intervention to nix a deal that would have sent Jose Calderon to Charlotte was a stroke of genius, a move Jordan simply had to make because it made no sense.

Granted, the Bobcats donít have a point guard, or at least a legitimate floor general to get the ball in the hands of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson.

Granted, Larry Brown would appreciate Calderonís assist-to-turnover ratio and Calderonís ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter.

Maybe a coach such as Brown could have turned Calderon into a half-decent defender as opposed to the liability he has become in Toronto.

By all accounts, the Raptors and Bobcats had signed off on a deal that involved Calderon and Reggie Evans moving to Tobacco Road for Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw.

On paper, it was a deal that decidedly favoured the Raptors.

While needs were addressed by both teams, itís Calderonís contract that clearly scared Jordan.

And he should be scared and concerned.

Calderon is not worth $9 million a season. At best, heís a mid-level player who cashed in during a contract year for an organization that overpaid and over-reacted.

Calderon is not a stiff, letís make that perfectly clear.

On a team that is mentally tough and defensively disciplined, this guy would revel in a system that has Calderon play off the ball, but he has the handles to run an offence in the half court.

Imagine Calderon playing with the Lakers alongside Kobe Bryant and Spanish national team member Pau Gasol and imagine how impactful Calderon would be in such an environment.

The Orlando Magic model is another example of a team and system that suits Calderon, and there are others.

Much like Hedo Turkoglu, Calderon is pleasant to deal with, but like Turkoglu, Calderon doesnít exactly say whatís on his mind.

If you recall the whole T.J. Ford episode, when each clearly wanted to be the starter and the wide range of opinions and sides each generated that was in part based on race and culture.

Ford, as is his nature, came out in front of everyone, including the media, and minced no words.

Calderon did what he always does: Talk but say something.

As soon he returns to his native Spain, he uses his personal website to speak his mind and basically say what Ford said, but Ford gets panned as the bad guy.

Thatís precisely what has plagued the Raptors organization in recent years, a culture that is finally undergoing a change.

Calderon needs to go and simply must go at all costs.

He should have been dealt at last seasonís trade deadline, but the team was going so well any thought was quickly eliminated.

On a very good team, Calderon is a nice piece, regardless of his salary.

But the Raptors arenít good and Calderon was at his best when he played against backups.

Itís obvious what the Raptors are aiming to accomplish, which is to say they want to run, play in the full court and want young, long and athletic bodies.

Diaw, whose game isnít as good as it was when he played with Steve Nash in Phoenix, at least can handle the ball and make decisions.

Chandler can at least run the floor ó when he isnít nursing some ailment ó block shots, rebound and be a scoring presence on occasion.

In the past, Jordan has shown his complete incompetence by selecting Kwame Brown with the first overall pick.

His Errness traded Richard Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse, dipped into the college ranks to appoint Leonard Hamilton as head coach and completely lost his mind when he took Darrell Walker from the CBA to the NBA as head coach, a move so unprecedented that it infuriated legitimate coaches.

Jordan is one of those hands-on owners whose presence in Charlotte is so deep that he sees fit to sit near the teamís bench at home games.

The Bobcats arenít exactly deep in money, which is largely why Jordan had to nix the deal.

In Evans and Chandler, the teams were basically exchanging expiring contracts.

Diaw, if truth be told, is overpaid, but his deal carries one fewer year of service than Calderon.

Whether itís today, next week or later this summer, Calderon must be dealt.


Videos

Photos