Michael Jordan's résumé as an executive has been tarnished by the name Kwame Brown, his much-maligned choice with the first pick in the 2001 draft when he ran the Washington Wizards.
This year, Jordan has to live with another failed decision: ex-Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison, the first player Jordan drafted for the Charlotte Bobcats. After not meeting expectations, Morrison — the third player drafted in 2006 — and guard Shannon Brown were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday for ex-Sonics forward Vladimir Radmanovic.
In a rare conference call with media Tuesday, Hall of Fame player Jordan owned up to the mistakes but insisted some other moves he has made as managing partner of the Bobcats have positioned the struggling franchise to compete later.
The 20-31 Bobcats, coached by Larry Brown, have made three trades and used a league-high 23 players. Forward Morrison, 24, who missed all of last season because of a knee injury, averaged 4.5 points on 36 percent shooting for Charlotte this season and didn't fit Brown's system.
"Coming off an injury last year, he seemed to have lost his confidence a little bit," Jordan said of Morrison. "He didn't have the understanding of how Larry expected him to play, both offensively and defensively."\