Charlotte Hornets owner and Hall of Famer #Michael Jordan spoke his mind about the NBA's superteam era, saying it will hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint.
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Jordan, whose Hornets are certainly not a superteam, was blunt in his assessment of the league, saying it's damaging the competitive balance of the National Basketball Association and that it creates a few teams at the very top that are great and a bunch of teams that are "going to be garbage", per an excerpt tweeted out by Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver.
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 impact did each change or evolve the game? Bill Russell won 11. "To say he's any less than Jack, I think, is unfair".
"I never played against Wilt Chamberlain", he noted.
"Yeah, Jack has got 18 majors and Tiger has got 14". 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's in a transitional period", Jordan said. Obviously Jack won more during the time he played. Barring any major injuries, the Warriors will be the prohibitive favorites to win the championship again. Does that make Bill Russell better than me or make me better than him? Make me better than him? They never played with the same equipment.
"So when you try to equate who's the greatest of all time, it's an unfair parallel; it's an unfair choice. For someone that small to generate that much power is truly unbelievable".