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Jordan Owns Up to Personnel Mistakes

Managing partner Michael Jordan, left, next to forward Sean May, has reworked with Bobcats' roster for new coach Larry Brown with three trades this season.
Managing partner Michael Jordan, left, next to forward Sean May, has reworked with Bobcats' roster for new coach Larry Brown with three trades this season. (By Chuck Burton -- Associated Press)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Michael Jordan's résumé as an executive has long been tarnished by the name Kwame Brown, his much-maligned choice with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft when he ran the Wizards.

Seven years later, he has to live with another failed decision: Adam Morrison, his first draft pick with the Bobcats. After Morrison failed to live up to expectations, Jordan traded the No. 3 overall selection in 2006 to the Lakers over the weekend.

In a rare conference call with reporters yesterday, Jordan owned up to the mistakes but said other moves he has made as managing partner of the Bobcats, such as drafting rookie G D.J. Augustin, have positioned the franchise to compete long-term.

"People are going to point out the mistakes," Jordan said. "Very rarely do they point out the successes. I understand that. It's part of the game."

· CAVALIERS: NBA Commissioner David Stern chose G Mo Williams for Sunday's All-Star Game in Phoenix. Williams, who felt he'd been snubbed twice, will replace Raptors F Chris Bosh, who will miss the game because of a sprained right knee.

Williams wasn't chosen by Eastern Conference head coaches as a reserve, then was bypassed by Stern in favor of Celtics G Ray Allen when Magic G Jameer Nelson had to be replaced because of injury.

· PISTONS: G Allen Iverson missed yesterday's game against the Bulls because of flu-like symptoms. G Richard Hamilton moved back into the starting lineup to replace Iverson.

· PACERS: The NBA players union filed a grievance on behalf of G Jamaal Tinsley, who has not been allowed to play or practice with the team this season. Pacers President Larry Bird has said the team doesn't intend to bring Tinsley back.

-- From News Services


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