Michael Jordan Not Feeling NBA's Era of Superteams
Oct 14 2017
When Michael Jordan was at the peak of his powers as an National Basketball Association superstar, his Chicago Bulls teams were mowing down the competition, winning six National Basketball Association titles and setting a record for wins in a season that was broken by the Golden State Warriors two seasons ago.
"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint", Jordan told Cigar Aficionado for its 25th anniversary issue.
"You're never going to say who's the greatest of all time".
He also talked about his friend Tiger Woods, the 14-time Major victor struggling to return to golf after multiple back operations, and said he himself might not have "survived in this Twitter time".
Charlotte managed to get Dwight Howard via trade and the team will have to improve to keep rising star Kemba Walker on the roster before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Right now, the Golden State Warriors are clearly the best team in the league. The Cleveland Cavaliers swapped star guard Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, his counterpart in Boston, as well as Jae Crowder.
Jordan was the face of a superteam in the 90's, leading the Bulls to six National Basketball Association titles. Tiger played at his peak somewhere towards the end of my career. They never played with the same equipment. "To now say that one is greater than the other is being a little bit unfair". I won six championships. Does that make Bill Russell better than me, or make me better than him? "No, because we played in different eras".
"When we won those championships [in 1996, 1997 and 1998], those things mattered to me far more than what I did in '91, '92 and '93".
Jordan would also not be drawn into a comparison of Woods and Nicklaus in the Greatest Of All Time debate.
"For me to ask an individual to focus on the game the way I played would, in some ways, be unfair", he said.
The whole issue - featuring more Jordan comments sure to get attention - will hit newsstands on October 31.