Thom Loverro: It's more like Err Jordan

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There are other stories in the NBA besides New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin. Overshadowed by the "Linsanity," arguably the greatest player in the history of the league is on his way to becoming its worst executive ever.

Heck, what Michael Jordan is doing in Charlotte may put him over the top as the worst executive of our time in any sport.

His Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in the NBA at 3-25, a .107 winning percentage. That is a historically bad pace.

The worst team in NBA history, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, posted a 9-73 record for a winning percentage of .110.

Two of the Bobcats' losses have come against the nearly as pathetic Washington Wizards, who probably would have a winning record if they played the Bobcats every game.

Jordan's epic failure can't simply be explained away as the growing pains of a franchise that was a disaster when he took over as owner in 2010. He was there for the disaster, having served as "managing member of basketball operations" for then-owner Robert Johnson since 2006.

What separates Jordan, though, as a uniquely horrific sports executive is that he is building a record of futility with a second franchise.

This is Jordan's second bite at the apple. Washington fans remember the first, when Jordan ruled as president of basketball operations for the Wizards back in 2000.

It was nearly as bad as the Bobcats' season is this year.

Jordan's tenure in Washington included the worst record -- 19-63 in 2000-01, a .232 winning percentage -- since the franchise was born as the Chicago Packers in the 1961-62 season.

You remember the 2000-01 season, don't you? The Tyrone Nesby Wizards? The team that used 21 players during the season and was coached by Leonard Hamilton -- Jordan's first major personnel decision in Washington?

Jordan reportedly gave Hamilton a five-year, $10 million contract, four years of which were guaranteed, and then fired him after that one terrible season.

His Badness wasn't done. Jordan had the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, and he made a historically bad decision, drafting high schooler Kwame Brown, an abject failure who remains in the NBA as a symbol of everything that is wrong with it.

When all was said and done, Jordan's record as a front office executive in Washington was 110-179.

In Charlotte, his track record has been nearly as bad -- one winning season with his hands on the basketball operation, with an overall mark of 188-232, not including this year's 3-25 record.

In his tenure, Jordan has drafted Adam Morrison and traded away Tyson Chandler and Gerald Wallace.

As a basketball executive, Michael Jordan is no Jeremy Lin.

Examiner columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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