Championship players don't always translate to success as general managers

In the real world, when you or I fill out a job application, that particular company's decision to hire us is based on our qualifications and previous job experience.

However, in the fantasy world of sports, athletes get hired for lucrative positions all the time because of their name, team affiliation or championship credentials.

Although some have excelled in this role, such as Jerry West, Mario Lemieux and Ozzie Newsome, there are those whose success between the lines hasn't transferred up to management. Case in point Matt Millen, Michael Jordan and the recently-sued Isiah Thomas.

These three executives, who own an astounding 12 championship rings combined, have yet to bathe in a champagne shower with a championship trophy in the role of general manager.

Instead, they've been called out for their questionable decisions that have set their respective franchises back from achieving the glory they earned as players.

Matt Millen of the Detroit Lions has been labeled by many as one of the worst executives in sports for his ineffectiveness and his team's continual poor performances on Sunday.

Since taking the job in 2001, the Lions are 27-73 with a .270 winning percentage, which is the worst record in the NFL over that period.

The dislike for Millen was so high, it once prompted fans to protest outside Lions' games and develop the slogan "Fire Millen", which was heard at various sporting events throughout the state of Michigan.

Michael Jordan currently works with the Charlotte Bobcats and hopes to erase the memory of his debacle in Washington.

During his stint with the Wizards, Jordan hand-picked Kwame Brown number one overall in the 2001 draft. Fresh out of Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick, Brown entered the league with an abundance of promise, but has yet to live up to the hype.

His career average stands at 7.7 points per game and he now plays for the Lakers.

Jordan also traded Richard Hamilton to the Pistons. All Hamilton's done since then is become an NBA all-star as well as helped Detroit capture the NBA title in 2004.

Earlier this week, New York Knicks head coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas was sued for sexually harassing a former employee. The jury has ordered the Knicks to pay $11.6 million in damages for Thomas' inappropriate comments.

This isn't the first time he's had work-related issues since retiring.

The former two-time NBA champion also had problems with the Toronto Raptors, the disbanded Continental Basketball Association and the Indiana Pacers.

Well if these guys can get hired with no experience, mess things up and still keep their jobs, I might as well start shipping out my resume to various clubs across the nation.

I'm willing to travel, but my salary demands are set and not negotiable.

Rory Sharrock is a sports writer for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at rsharrock@news-daily.com.