I have been away for two weeks and unfortunately missed all of the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson drama.
However between getting married and enjoying a couple of weeks in the sun, there was something that made me laugh.
That was the fact that Charlotte Bobcats’ owner Michael Jordan decided to offer Jackson a bit of executive advice.
While Jackson and Jordan go back a long way, to me, that is a bit laughable.
While everyone is busy offering the Zen Master some advice, let me reach out with some friendly advice to Jackson as well.
Ignore Jordan. Take him off your speed dial. As a matter of fact, lose his number altogether.
Turning to Jordan for any advice when it comes to building a successful NBA franchise is more than foolish, it is idiotic.
When it comes to the game of basketball, there are many things that you would want to reach out for help from MJ. However being an executive isn’t his area of expertise and Jordan should be reaching out to others for advice rather than offering any of his own.
“Phil is great,” Jordan told ESPN.com. “He’s very smart. He’ll figure out pretty quickly what needs to get done, and he’ll have plenty of guys in the league willing to help him, myself included.”
That’s nice and all that he feels Jackson will be a good executive, but a vote of confidence from Jordan doesn’t offer up much value. As for Jordan being more than willing to help Jackson learn the front-office ropes, Jackson should say thanks but no thanks.
When Jordan figures out how to become a good executive himself, then he can reach out to others. Until then, don’t answer his phone call.
Although it appears that Jordan has made a couple of smart hires in Charlotte recently in general manager Rich Cho and coach Steve Clifford, the Bobcats are still trying to sort out the mess that Jordan created in the first place. And who can forget his disastrous tenure in Washington?
At the end of the day, Jackson will be just fine without any additional help from Jordan.
If he does need some assistance, there are plenty of other better basketball minds to turn to that have accomplished more in an executive capacity.