But, as weird as it may sound coming from as much of a Bulls fan I am, it doesn't really translate into being a huge Michael Jordan fan. If I was a hardcore follower back when the Dynasty Bulls were getting good (as opposed to being already good) maybe I'd feel different. In fact, that probably has a ton to do with it.
But while it's nice to appreciate Bulls history and see Jordan's enshrinement raising that profile, he's not as much of a concern to me as any other former Bull. Which is to say I don't really care (Ben Gordon notwithstanding, of course!). He's also a former Washington Wizard, and a current pseudo-suit for the Bobcats. He currently has no real role in the Bulls. And though it was nice to see him show up for the Red Kerr tribute last season, it was also a bit weird: as if we were lucky to have him grace us with his presence, instead of an 'of course he'd be there!' feeling, like we would for any other Bulls legend.
I found this post interesting largely because I could have written the same thing myself. I don't think I'm quite so hung up on Gordon as Matt is, though I wish he were back, but I'm simply not that into all things Jordan.
I think this comes down to several things. First, I was somewhat of a bandwagon fan during the Bulls championship era. I was actually a Lakers fan for the first three titles and only became a Bulls fan when Jordan retired and joined the White Sox (which at the time was the one team I had a true allegiance to).
When I went off to college in 94, my roommate was a die hard Bulls fan and indoctrinated me into all things Bulls, at which point I enjoyed the final three titles as a fan, but not an incredibly serious one.
My true love for the Bulls as a passion came when I purchased season tickets in 2002. I've read countless books on the Jordan era, so I'm familiar with the history of the team, but the fact that Jordan was kind of a jerk tarnishes his reputation for me a bit. Don't get me wrong, in some ways, I think him being kind of a jerk was required for him to pull everything out of his teammates and push them as hard as they were pushed. The good cop, bad cop routine was played out perfectly between Jordan and Pippen.
So you'll have to excuse me for not being a huge Jordan fan. If he had maintained a role with the team afterwards things might be different. If he was part of ownership, the management team, a broadcaster, or anything else then he'd still be spreading the memories of his past glory.
However, as it stands, he came back as a player with the wizard and has looked ineffective as an executive for both the Wizards and Bobcats. He's fame and ego won't allow him to take a minor role with an organization and his managerial work habits don't allow for a team to rely on him in a major role.
As much as I'd love to have Jordan in the fold with the Bulls somehow, I see no practical way that could ever happen. I sure as hell don't want him as GM or Executive Vice President, and he's not going to take a position in community relations or the local broadcast booth.
In the end, all we'll have of Michael are the memories from the dynasty era. He won't play the ambassador role for the team that so many former Lakers or Celtics would do for theirs, and as such, my love for the man is somewhat limited and isn't growing. I simply don't live in the past regardless of how glorious it was.