Aaron Rodgers recently exprssed his desire to be more involved with the Packers, but Skip Bayless thinks he shouldn’t go down Michael Jordan’s route of being a GM.
Jordan has been the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets since 2010 when he became a majority shareholder, controlling 97% of the franchise.
Jordan hasn’t been particularly successful as the owner of the Hornets as they’ve gone through an abysmal stretch of mediocrity and losing under his regime. They’ve won only 58.4% of their games and have had 11 losing seasons during Jordan’s time.
Because of this, Skip Bayless was very hesitant and reluctant to admit that Rodgers’ comments about being more involved in the moves the Green Bay Packers were making would backfire.
Uh, Aaron Rodgers … the greatest player ever in any sport, a man way out of your league, Michael Jordan, has proven to be the worst ever judge of talent as Charlotte’s owner/operator. In general: the greater the player, the worse the GM. Be careful what you wish for.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 29, 2021
Michael Jordan And His Failures As A GM/Owner Should Be A Warning Sign To Aaron Rodgers
So, what questionable decisions has Jordan made that has led to being regarded as perhaps the worst owner in the NBA? There’s many. Jordan’s talent on the court was undeniable. There’s a reason people consider him the GOAT.
However, he couldn’t translate that same skill to making management and personnel decisions. In 2011, Jordan had the seventh, ninth, and 19th overall picks in the draft.
With the seventh pick, Jordan would draft center Bismack Biyombo ahead of players like Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard. Jordan did nail the ninth pick, taking UConn star Kemba Walker, and landed a high value player in Tobias Harris with the 19th pick.
However, he would trade Harris away immediately for a washed up Corey Maggette. In 2012, holding the second overall pick, the Hornets (then Bobcats) passed on Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal in favor of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Jordan’s unwillingness to spend money during free agency has hurt the Hornets, and recently, the best move they may have made in the draft was picking Lamello Ball up last year.
Therefore, Skip Bayless, a notorious Aaron Rodgers critic was quick to say that the Packers quarterback could never hold his own as a personnel manager or key decision maker if the NBA GOAT couldn’t.
Rodgers’ press conference comments may not have been explicitly about becoming a GM or owner some day, but Skip Bayless still found some way to tear it up. Bayless does have a valid point in that, on-the-field success doesn’t gaurantee success at the management level.
However, Rodgers may be better than Jordan ever was. Who knows how his career may shape up to be. Rodgers isn’t even done playing football yet, and so these comparisons are quite early to make.