On the day that Abe Pollin fired Michael Jordan, The Washington Post's top sports columnists -- Michael Wilbon, Sally Jenkins and Thomas Boswell -- all took their best shots for Thursday morning's edition. How often do they all write on the same day? Only slightly more often than MJ gets canned. And, in all of their verbiage, both Pollin and Jordan took their share of hits:
Wilbon: "Fact is, Jordan made $40 million to $50 million for the Wizards in two seasons, and Pollin threw him out without giving him a reason. ... They used him to steady what had been a leaky ship, then threw him overboard. If Jordan had walked into Pollin's office yesterday and said he wanted to play another year, you think Pollin would have run him off? Please."
Jenkins: "&what Pollin had to ask himself was, why should he pay the tab for Jordan to learn basic people skills on the job, at the franchise's long-term expense? &The argument for keeping Jordan was that the Wizards would be nothing without him. But the painful truth was, they weren't much with him, either."
Boswell: "What we & should stop denying for politeness's sake, is that Pollin's methods have not worked well in ages&Still, it is important to remember that the main reason for Jordan leaving Washington was Jordan himself. Jordan has always been a master of casting himself -- regardless of his behavior -- in the best possible light& The only thing Jordan did right in Washington was play basketball. And some teammates thought he did that selfishly. As a decision-maker, he was a bust."