Charles Barkley: Michael Jordan Doing a Bad Job as Bobcats Owner

by March 02, 2012

Sir Charles was highly critical of the job his buddy MJ has done so far in Charlotte, placing some of the blame on the folks Jordan surrounds himself with. From ESPN: “I think the biggest problem has been I don’t know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to,’ Barkley said. ‘One thing about being famous is the people around you, you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don’t think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree … I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job,’ Barkley said. ‘Even though he is one of my great friends, I can’t get on here and tell you he’s done a great job. He has not done a great job, plain and simple.’ Jordan’s Bobcats have the NBA’s worst record at 4-29 and have lost 19 of their last 20 games. […] When Jordan told him the Bobcats were eyeing Gonzaga star Adam Morrison with the third overall pick of the 2006 draft, Barkley said he questioned his friend on the decision. ‘I said ‘Michael, I think you should take Brandon Roy, and he said ‘We like Adam Morrison,’ Barkley said. ‘I said ‘Adam Morrison can’t play. I said let me ask you a question, did you say Adam Morrison first and [the Bobcats front office staff] agreed with you or did they say Adam Morrison first? He said ‘What do you mean?’ I said ‘Michael, nobody wants to disagree with you. You are such a powerful personality nobody, especially your flunkies as I call them, the flunkies are never going to disagree with you.’ Adam Morrison is a nice kid. He can’t play in the NBA.’ Morrison started just 28 NBA games and is now playing overseas.”