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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  28 responses

Michael Jordan Promotes His Brother Larry to Bobcats Director of Player Personnel


Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has promoted his older brother Larry to team director of player personnel (he was the director of special projects before the promotion). MJ’s son, Jeffrey, and daughter, Jasmine, also work for the Bobcats in smaller capacities. Per Yahoo! Sports and the Charlotte Observer: “Along with Michael Jordan, Larry will answer to team president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. Larry Jordan’s previous job was team director of special projects. He fills a position that was vacant for three years after Buzz Peterson departed to become the head coach at Appalachian State. Larry and Michael were teammates at Wilmington (N.C.) Laney High School during their senior and junior years, respectively. Michael Jordan credited his brother, who stands 5-feet-8, for helping him become a better player when he was younger through their intense 1-on-1 games. [...] Jordan, who would report to team president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho, is in Las Vegas this week for the Bobcats’ participation in summer league. He’ll be doing various scouting assignments in this new job. Director of player personnel is a position last held with the Bobcats by Buzz Peterson before he left in 2009 for a second stint as head coach at Appalachian State. Peterson, Michael Jordan’s college roommate at North Carolina and a close friend, later left Appalachian State for UNC Wilmington. Hiring relatives has been a common practice for the Bobcats in their decade-long history. Past head coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Paul Silas each hired a son as an assistant. Higgins’ son, Cory, played point guard the 2011-12 season for the Bobcats. Most recently, Patrick Ewing Jr., son of the team’s associate head coach, was given a spot on the summer-league roster.”

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  • Feez_22

    I like that mj is at least giving his family opportunities to work under him. That is pretty cool. Now, steal jerry west from the golden state warriors to be your president of basketball operations. That could really change things ;)

  • Dev

    Even MJ is guilty of severe nepotism

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And exactly why you are the worst team president in the league.

  • dick

    nice..nothing wrong that i see with helping out family members here

  • spit hot fiyah

    this can only end well right?

  • Enigmatic

    Larry Brown said a few years back something to the extent that MJ likes to surround himself with his best friends and “yes men” rather than people who are more qualified for the job and are going to tell him how it really is, and Jordan hasn’t done anything to prove Brown wrong.

  • Dfrance

    I mean, he didn’t make him GM or the President of Basketball Ops or anything truly important. What does the Director of Player Personnel really do if they were able to have the position vacant for 3 seasons?

  • bike

    Next up he will appoint his new wife as Director of Strategic Planning.

  • Toner83

    Jim Buss agrees that this is a “great” idea

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Basically oversees the hiring of the non-management, management. I assume Jordan has just been hiring the people himself. Just employees that help the players I’m pretty sure

  • danpowers

    as if most companies out there in the econonomy would work any different

  • bike

    I was initially going to point out you meant ‘economy’ but thought that the term enononomy is actually a better term to describe our current economic state. Very well done.

  • vINSANITY

    Mike please adopt sam presti or rc buford

  • psuedohoax

    Dude is just a walking disaster….
    Name ONE decent thing he’s done since hitting the shot in 98′!
    His HOF induction speech was even an embarrassment.

  • danpowers

    excuse me but i gotta edit that typo lol

  • jessedogg

    they built this ship in a wine bottle

  • jessedogg

    they built this ship in a wine bottle

  • gruppsny

    Why doesn’t he ask Phil to run the team in some capacity of VP/GM or something? Or shouldn’t Phil at least be getting in his ear about these decisions? Back in the day, Phil was the only one who could reach him

  • gruppsny

    Why doesn’t he ask Phil to run the team in some capacity of VP/GM or something? Or shouldn’t Phil at least be getting in his ear about these decisions? Back in the day, Phil was the only one who could reach him

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    most successful companies don’t tho.

  • RR

    Why is he owner??

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    This is hardly a practice unique to MJ. Plenty of businesses and sports franchises are staffed by people who are related to the owners. This seems more like taking pot shots at Mike to me.

  • Alexzandar Davilijanovic

    Another Michael Leahy book coming soon

  • danpowers

    just for the record: that down vote wasnt me.

    as far as my experience goes even big companies handle many vacancies like that. not necessarily all their vacancies and not necessarily within families but still trhoughout private networks. like they say “contacts only harm those who do not have them”.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh downvotes don’t matter to me. i’m not here to be up or down voted. and a lot of the voting has to do with who typed the comment anyway, don’t stress, i ain’t worried about it.
    .
    through private networks is much different then hiring family for the sake of them being family.
    .
    i work for a company that does over $5 million in business a year (not huge or anything, but not tiny either) — with the positions that require a considerable amount of responsibility and accountability, we pretty much always hire a person within a social network. i am not going to let some person i don’t know i can trust handle anything major, but i’m also not going to hire a family member or friend just because they are a family member or friend either.

  • danpowers

    didnt intend to complain about it, just stated it. and to cut the rest short: thats my up vote there lol

  • JustCause

    He hired Brown based on pretty much the same reasoning….friend, NC associate, etc. Brown clearly was not the best coach for the Bobcats. Just old and washed up.

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