Jor­dan says su­perteams will cre­ate 28 ‘garbage’ clubs

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK: Re­tired NBA leg­end Michael Jor­dan has warned that the “su­perteam” era will cre­ate a league with 28 “garbage” clubs that will strug­gle.

Jor­dan, who sparked the Chicago Bulls to six NBA ti­tles in the 1990s, ad­dressed the topic in an in­ter­view with Cigar Afi­cionado mag­a­zine on Thurs­day.

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.”

Jor­dan’s tough­est talk was on the state of the NBA, where sev­eral teams have stock­piled tal­ent to try and de­throne the reign­ing cham­pion Golden State War­riors, who last sea­son united stars Kevin Du­rant and Stephen Curry to form a dom­i­nant squad that claimed a sec­ond ti­tle in three sea­sons.

In the past few months, the Cleve­land Cava­liers, Hous­ton Rock­ets and Ok­la­homa City Thun­der have added star tal­ent to their ros­ters.

“I think it’s go­ing to hurt the over­all as­pect of the league from a com­pet­i­tive stand­point,” Jor­dan told the mag­a­zine. “You’re go­ing to have one or two teams that are go­ing to be great and an­other 28 teams that are go­ing to be garbage, or they are go­ing to have a tough time sur­viv­ing in the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.”

Jor­dan, 54, also said he lacks the pa­tience to be a coach, say­ing his big­gest prob­lem is the fo­cus level of to­day’s play­ers.

“For me to ask an in­di­vid­ual to fo­cus on the game the way I played would, in some ways, be un­fair and if he didn’t do it, there’s no telling where my emo­tions would be,” Jor­dan said.

Re­gard­ing Woods, whose ma­jor to­tal ranks sec­ond to the 18 won by Jack Nick­laus, Jor­dan said the in­jured star is in a tran­si­tional phase per­haps made more dif­fi­cult by to­day’s so­cial me­dia.

Jor­dan would not be drawn into a com­par­i­son of Woods and Nick­laus in the Great­est of All Time de­bate.

“That’s more for sto­ries and hype,” Jor­dan told the mag­a­zine. “Jack and Tiger never played against each other. They never played with the same equip­ment.

“I never played against Wilt Cham­ber­lain. I never played against Jerry West. To now say that one is greater than the other is be­ing a lit­tle bit un­fair.”

Jor­dan moved the Nick­lausWoods win ar­gu­ment to the NBA level, com­par­ing his ti­tle to­tal to the record 11 won by former Bos­ton Celtics leg­end Bill Rus­sell.

“Yeah, Jack has got 18 ma­jors and Tiger has got 14. And that’s how peo­ple are judg­ing cer­tain things,” Jor­dan said. “I won 6 cham­pi­onships. Bill Rus­sell won 11. Does that make Bill Rus­sell bet­ter than me? Make me bet­ter than him? No be­cause when you try to com­pare dif­fer­ent eras and equate who is bet­ter than the other, it’s an un­fair par­al­lel, an un­fair choice.” AFP

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