Posted on: September 8, 2009 5:33 pm
And so did Phil Jackson.
Both coaches won championships with Michael Jordan -- Smith at UNC, Jackson with the Bulls -- and yet to present him into the Hall of Fame, Jordan picked ... David Thompson?
It's an enormous slap in Dean Smith's face for Jordan to not only not pick him, but to pick a player whose best days were spent at rival North Carolina State. Seriously, Jordan is far too smart to have done this lightly. If I had to guess -- and I'm about to -- I'd guess that the relationship between Smith and Jordan is not good. Otherwise, how can anyone but Dean Smith (or Phil Jackson) present Jordan?
Then again, there's that old joke that goes something like this:
Q: Who is the only man in basketball history to hold Michael Jordan to less than 20 ppg?
A: Dean Smith.
Maybe Jordan carries a grudge.
Meanwhile, David Robinson picked Larry Brown to present him. So a member of the Dean Smith coaching tree will be represented at the induction ceremony. Just not Dean Smith himself.
At least Jordan didn't pick Mike Krzyzewski as his presenter.
But I bet he thought about it.
Posted on: April 6, 2009 12:56 pm
OK, only one of those things is true.
Michael Jordan was announced Monday morning as one of the five new members of the Hall of Fame. But he did not guarantee a victory for his North Carolina Tar Heels in the title game tonight against Michigan State, possibly out of respect for Spartans coach Tom Izzo, who has been a regular contributor to Jordan's elite basketball camps.
But Jordan clearly is rooting for UNC, Izzo or not.
"I'm glad North Carolina is here," he said. "Hopefully we can walk out with a championship."
Jordan's competitive fire rose to the surface, however, when he was told of a joke making the rounds -- that in the event of a tie game tonight at the end of regulation, overtime would be skipped. Instead, Jordan and ex-Spartans star Magic Johnson would settle things with a game of one-on-one.
Said Jordan: "You really think he can beat me?"
Posted on: April 26, 2008 11:27 am
Edited on: April 26, 2008 11:44 am
This way, the NBA can be rid of two knuckleheads in one move.
It would take some time, yes, but after one year of Larry Brown, the city of Charlotte -- not to mention Michael Jordan's superiors with the Bobcats, assuming he has any -- would be ready to run both of them out of town.
For Brown, who gives a half-day's work for a week's pay, it would certainly be the last time any NBA executive would be stupid enough to hire him. For Jordan, it would certainly be the last time any NBA franchise would be stupid enough to give him control of its basketball operations.
Jordan was a great player, probably the greatest ever. But the only executive worse than him has been Isiah Thomas ... who happens to be the last executive to think hiring Brown was a good idea. How did that turn out for the Knicks? And for Isiah?
See, Brown isn't a great hire. He's a franchise-killer. He doesn't get along with anybody but the owner, because he knows whose butt to kiss (see: his relationship with Dean Smith.) Everybody else gets alienated by Brown, a one-man plague of locusts who then moves on to the next city. But Jordan somehow is thought to be considering hiring Brown, probably because Dean the UNC don says it must be so.
After this debacle, if it happens, there won't be a next NBA city. Not for Brown. Not for Jordan.
So please make this hire, MJ. Hire Larry Brown, and do it fast.
I'm beyond sick of both of you.