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BOZICH: Kidd-Gilchrist's Future in Michael Jordan's Shaky Hands

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The Charlotte Bobcats are taking a serious look at Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick in the June 28 NBA Draft. The Charlotte Bobcats are taking a serious look at Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick in the June 28 NBA Draft.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Next week Anthony Davis will join a club that admits one new member per year. It is the club of First Overall Picks in the NBA Draft. Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and LeBron James will welcome him.

The draft's second selection on June 28 will join a different club, one that is more terrifying than triumphant. The second pick is scheduled to play for the Charlotte Bobcats. The second pick will play for a team put together by Michael Jordan.

The second pick is now projecting as Davis' former University of Kentucky teammate – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Poor Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

On the court, Jordan was the game's greatest player, a man who brought six championship rings to the Chicago Bulls.

In the executive suite, Michael Jordan is Serge Zwikker, a clumsy, misdirected leader who has earned a spot two rows behind the bench.

Jordan has hired another new coach for the dismal Bobcats. A replacement leader was mandatory after Jordan's team won only 7 of 66 games this season, establishing an NBA record for the lowest winning percentage (.106).

He interviewed Jerry Sloan, a coach whose teams were a perennial force in the playoffs at Utah. He talked to Patrick Ewing, one of his pals from the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream team, a guy who earned his coaching experience on the bench with the Orlando Magic. He met with Brian Shaw, an impressive assistant with the Indiana Pacers. Quin Snyder, the former Missouri hairdo, was in the mix.

Then Jordan settled on Mike Dunlap.

The Bobcats hired him off the bench of the St. John's Red Storm. Dunlap filled in at St. John's for head coach Steve Lavin last season. He lost 19 of 32 games, including one to Kentucky in Rupp Arena last season, where Dunlap had an up-close and personal look at Kidd-Gilchrist.

Maybe that explains why Dunlap got the job.

It is as plausible as any explanation I can give you. Dunlap is reportedly a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fan (who isn't?) and wants to play an up-tempo style.

Poor Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Around basketball, Charlotte's hiring of Dunlap is certain to be viewed as Exhibit 13A that Michael Jordan is Daniel Snyder with a Nike logo, another rich guy determined to show he doesn't know what he's doing.

Dunlap is 54. I cannot say Dunlap lacks NBA experience. He has that qualification – two years as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. Dunlap worked in Denver for George Karl. George Karl played at North Carolina. You don't have to be Roy Williams or James Worthy to connect the remaining Tar Heel dots.

He was once the head coach of the Metropolitan State College Roadrunners.  That's a Division II program in Denver.

This is not the first time Jordan has made a decision that makes you wonder when somebody is going to take his keys.

Remember Kwame Brown? Jordan passed on Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol to take Brown, a high school center, with the first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft for the Washington Wizards. He reached for Leonard Hamilton and made him the Wizards' coach.

His record running the Bobcats is equally remarkable. It has to be to construct a team that finished this season with 23 consecutive defeats. Jordan has only owned the Bobcats for the last two seasons, but he's been making a mess of draft night since 2006.

That was the season Jordan signed off on taking Adam Morrison, a wonderful college player at Gonzaga who has been a colossal bust in the NBA. D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker. Ugh.

No wonder the Bobcats failed to win back-to-back games all season.

Poor Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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