- 09/02/2010, 01:36PM ET
C-los said 09/02, 01:36 PM
I just believe that the competition in today's league would be much more fierce. Rather if you agree with me or not, I think we can all agree that the NBA's talent pool has been raised over the last decade, from the AAU circuit and the impact of international players. With likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Roy to name a few the league is as deep and talented as its ever been at the wing position
Joe Dew said 09/02, 02:06 PM
Then you my friend do not understand the athlete that is Michael Jordan! Michael Jordan is not just an All Star that won 6 rings, he is widely recognized as the GOAT. Jordan won 6 rings in a more PHYSICAL NBA. You could hand check opponents, you could back up in the paint, and people couldnt run to the rim and get calls. Jordan changed his game along with the NBA and his age as well. When illegal defenses started to become relevant he adjusted. When people only believed he could score he became a premier defender. He had a sick fade away jump shot. Jordan had everything, talent, athleticism and leadership.
Its just sick to come on a sports site and try to knock down one of the Greatest of All time players. Air Jordan is still one of the most recognized athletes in the world. He helped make the game go global with the Original Dream Team. If it wasnt for MJ we might not have a European influence in the NBA.
Jordan helped make basketball a lifestyle as well, brought money to Nike and things so these companies could fund these AAU circuits and summer camps to bring in talent.
C-los said 09/02, 02:12 PM
Come on now Joe, its sick that you would think that i would try and knock MJ. He is the greatest player of all time i never said he wasn't what i am saying is that he came into the league at a golden time. Many of the greats retiring and he was entering his prime. None of that is his fault. He had great charisma and was a great pitchman, but shouldn't deter from the fact that the NBA as a whole has a talent level that far surpasses what was then. He would face a a lot of great players day in and day out. I ll give him three or four titles but not six. No one may not get six titles any more because the game has more parirty than it had before.
Joe Dew said 09/02, 04:19 PM
Your the one that started this td by saying that you didnt think Jordan would be as great if he played today against Lebron and Kobe. You said it, i didnt, you started the td. Then you agree that he is the GOAT.
You think he couldnt get 6 titles today? Kobe is 1 away from 6, so I believe if Kobe can get 6 then surely an MJ in his prime could get 6!
The Real Question should be? If Jordan never retired in his prime would he have 8 titles? Could MJ have gotten 10 titles if he didnt retire twice? See if MJ could do it again maybe he wouldnt play baseball and come back to wear #45. Maybe he wouldnt retire after the 2nd threepeat and he could have done a few more and we would have never had to see his airness in a Wizards uniform.
Dont say I am trying to be sick when you dont think MJ could get 6 rings in todays NBA when the rules are softer, you cant man up as much and every touch is a foul. If anything Jordan would be even more unstoppable now and would score even more than he ever did. Jordan most definitely would not be worse in todays NBA.
C-los said 09/02, 05:05 PM
Um i don't think you read my post right Joe. Never said Mike would not be great playing in today's game, make sure you double check that.
Lets take a look at his finals apperances competition:1991 defeated LA Lakers with Byron Scott as main defender, 1992 defeated Portland Trail Blazers with an Danny Ainge and Cliff Robinson trying to defend, in 93 defeated the Phoenix Suns with Dan Majerle, Xavier McDaniel and Jeff Hornacek in platoon defense. That was MJ's first three year run. After that little baseball thing he came back for a second round of terror defeating Seattle in 96 being defended by Nate McMillan and Xavier McDaniel (again). His last two titles came against Utah and we all know they had no one to contain Micheal.
There is no doubt in my mind that MJ was the best player to ever play, there also no doubt in my mind that he came into the game in a perfect timing of sorts. His talent was above and beyond those who he played with in his generation. To his credit, none of that is his fault. But again, in this new generation of players that are just as athletic and skilled (although none are of the level of sheer will to win) as he was. He was the first of the new breed
Joe Dew said 09/02, 05:36 PM
I am sickened with your argument. I already made a comment down below about that Phoenix Suns team. Jeff Hornacek was traded for Charles Barkley! How did Hornacek guard MJ in the 93 Finals when he wasnt even on the team!
The players Jordan went up against in his day were good. Reggie Miller, Clyde Drexler, Penny Hardaway, Mitch Ritchmond, Glen Rice, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Tim Hardaway, James Worthy, Dan Majerle, John Stockton, Gary Payton, Reggie Lewis, Isiah Thomas, Mark Price, Joe Dumars, John Starks... I could go on. The NBA was good then, I dont know why you think they werent. I havent even mentioned the bigs like Robinson, Ewing, Hakeem, Malone, Barkley, Mutumbo, Alonzo, Shaq, and so on...
I am done with this. You just need to go watch some youtube clips and read up on some history of the game. Go pick up Bill Simmons Book of Basketball, they have a pretty good history lesson in that book.
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