Michael Jordan expresses concerns with NBA's competitive balance

Postado Outubro 13, 2017

Jordan, who sparked the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association titles in the 1990s, addressed the topic in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine unveiled Thursday on its website.

"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint", said Jordan.

"You're never going to say who's the greatest of all time", Jordan said.

He also talked about his pal Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion golfer struggling to return after multiple back operations, and said he himself might not have "survived in this Twitter time".

"How much did each one impact, change or evolve the game?" He indirectly compared Woods' relationship with Jack Nicklaus to his with Bill Russell. "Jack and Tiger never played against each other. To say he's any less than Jack, I think, is unfair". "I would never say one is greater than the other". "And that's how people are judging certain things", Jordan said. I won six championships.

Chamblee cited Woods' win rate (25 percent - Nicklaus' was 12 percent), his average margin of blowout victory in a major (10 strokes to 5 strokes) and his 14 straight wins at majors with a 54-hole lead as evidence of his claim. Bill Russell won 11.

As far as Jordan's comments on the business environment, if there are always just one or two teams stacked up with all of the best talent, it could potentially make fans of lesser teams shy away from the game more, as they may just develop a "what's the point?" mentality.

"So when you try to equate who's the greatest of all time, it's an unfair parallel; it's an unfair choice". They never played with the same equipment.

Jordan also praised Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, saying he admires him but has yet to play a round with him. "Seen him on the range. For someone that small to generate that much power is truly incredible".