November 29, 2010
This is a golf blog, and we know you come here for news on that little white ball, but give us a second to report something about another round ball. Michael Jordan, basketball Hall of Famer and well-known golf enthusiast, has been named to his second Presidents Cup team as a vice-captain for Fred Couples in 2011.
Last year, Jordan was part of a winning squad that took home the cup -- which pits Americans against an international squad -- for the third straight time, and Couples, a good friend of Michael, decided to add him again.
Jordan is now 47, long retired from his athlete days, but is still involved in a lot of opportunities, including a majority ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats. Now, nobody can dog the way Jordan played basketball, he will most likely go down as the best ever, but as an owner, he's left plenty to be desired. So, this raises a simple question: Should Jordan continue to put himself in these types of situations when the Bobcats continue to struggle?
Since MJ has been involved with the Bobcats, they've had one winning season, in 2009, and are 6-11 this season. Their roster gives them little chance to do much past the first round in the playoffs if they even make it that far, and that seems to be a trend that will continue. If you're a Charlotte fan (all six of you), aren't you perturbed when you see that Jordan again is going to partake in a golf event that, let's face is, is more exhibition than exhilarating (and that's not to say we don't love the Presidents Cup, but it will always be second to the Ryder Cup)?
Maybe it's a reason to let Jordan and Couples hang out a few times a year without much excuse. When Jordan played in the U.S. Open Challenge, Freddie caddied for him. I'm sure having friends around that understand competitiveness and can fire up a squad is helpful, and honestly, Jordan can do whatever he wants, but the Presidents Cup is in the middle of November next season, right when the NBA is heating up.
Wouldn't the Bobcats rather have Jordan around firing them up rather than him being in Australia at some golf tournament? You'd have to think so.