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Top Ten Signs You Might Not Be A Great NBA General Manager

Isiah Thomas

April 7, 2009 – Dr. Browntorious

In honor of some of the bonehead moves by NBA General Managers over the years, I thought we should take a look at some signs or symptoms that may be associated with being a terrible NBA GM. Without further ado:

10. You decide to draft a seven footer by the name of Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh among others.

9. You believe that having a player’s “Bird Rights” means that you have the ability to borrow that player’s pet Budgie whenever you feel like it.

8. You trade NBA Superstar Vince Carter for ten bucks, a slurpee, and an agreement that he always tries his hardest and plays his best when he comes back to Toronto to play against your club.

7. Even though you know that the NBA is a business you rely on handshakes, winks, and nudges to get a deal done with Carlos Boozer instead of waiting for the time to sign papers and/or research options.

6. Shortly after Carlos Boozer signs elsewhere you tell the whole world you had an under the table deal with him before he was a free agent and that HE reneged, in other words telling the world you broke the NBA rules and would like to add an NBA fine and sanction to your heartache.

5. You assume the ‘Developmental League’ or D-League is some sort of basketball league for the mentally or physically challenged.

4. You sign a 38 year old, washed up, ex-NBA Star such as Hakeem Olajuwon to a 3-year $17.4 million contract. And pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

3. On draft night you decide it’s a good idea to use your #1 overall pick to sign the unproven high schooler Kwame Brown on a ‘hunch’, instead of Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Zach Randolph, Sam Dalembert, Richard Jefferson, or Gilbert Arenas.

2. Faced with a tough decision on NBA draft night, you ‘draft for size’ and end up with Sam Bowie, while the Chicago Bulls end up with a relatively unknown player by the name of Michael Jordan, and the odd NBA Championship. But those aren’t all that important are they?

1. Your first name is ‘Isiah’ and your last name is ‘Thomas’.

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  • gerakis100

    I’d put the Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown and change(Or maybe Kwame Brown can be written down as change) made by the brilliant Chris Wallace

  • Walter

    Heh, good list, except that Jordan was forced to take Kwame. David Falk revealed in an interview that Jordan wanted to to trade the first pick for Elton Brand. That deal was on the table but ‘people in the wizards organization’ thought Kwame would be a marketing as the first highschooler drafted #1. The only person in the organization I can think of would be Abe Pollin. This is why Jordan demanded final say on ‘all basketball matters’ with the Bobcats. Who, by the way, have been totally rebuilt and are no longer a crappy team.

    So after Jordan was there, got muscled into a bad draft pick when he could have had Brand, and spent two years on a losing team trying to teach the kids what was up, Jordan got canned by Pollin for what was essentially his own mistake. Thats called great ownership.

    Anyway, just had to say, less then 3 years after Jordan showed up he rebuilt the Bobcats. Had he not been muscled by Pollin he would have turned around the Wiz in less time. I don’t think he’s proven himself to be an amazing GM yet, but I don’t think he deserves to be on this list.

  • Vince

    This is a really great top ten list Dr. Thank you for calling out Kwame, he’s one of the biggest busts in the history of the NBA. You can post this to our site and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  • james

    its a cool list but you forgot number 1.
    the number 1 way you know you are not a great GM is: you got hired by the LA clippers