Michael Jor­dan: NBA su­per teams are hurt­ing the league

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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 un­veiled Thurs­day on its web­site.

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 told the magazine.

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.

"I don't know if I could have sur­vived in this Twit­ter time where you don't have the pri­vacy that you would want."

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.

"How much did each one im­pact, change or evolve the game? Ob­vi­ously Jack won more dur­ing the time he played. Tiger evolved it to where it crossed a lot of dif­fer­ent boundaries, where it's not just a white guy's sport – black guys, African-Amer­i­cans, all mi­nori­ties play the game.

"He played it at a level to where it gen­er­ated so much in­ter­est fi­nan­cially that it grew the game from a fi­nan­cial stand­point. Now does that con­sti­tute him be­ing the great­est? To say he's any less than Jack, I think, is un­fair."

Jor­dan moved the Nick­laus-Woods 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."


Char­lotte Hor­nets owner and NBA le­gend Michael Jor­dan says that NBA stars gang­ing up and play­ing for su­per teams will hurt com­pet­i­tive bal­ance in the league.

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