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