Michael Jordan Struggling To Replicate Success As Hornets Owner
The second act of Michael Jordan's basketball life "has been the polar opposite of the first," as the man who "willed his team to hundreds of wins as a player just can't do the same thing" as the owner of the Hornets, according to Scott Fowler of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. He has had "final say over the franchise's basketball operations since becoming a minority partner" in June '06, but the club not won a single playoff series during that time. The business part of things "has worked out fine," but Jordan "has floundered" on the court. Jordan has "evolved for the better as an owner," but he has "miscalculated -- or allowed others to miscalculate under his watch -- on numerous personnel decisions." And the "MJ name -- and all the magic that still comes with it -- still hasn't been able to lure a superstar" to the Hornets. As much as Jordan "wouldn't want to hear this, what he could have really used is his own Jerry Krause in Charlotte." Jordan "long ago realized it's more difficult for him to own a team and win than it is to play for one and win" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/21).