Former North Carolina basketball star Michael Jordan isn’t a big fan of the NBA’s current “superteam” era.
“I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan said in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine that was reported by ESPN writer Ian Begley, “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’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”
Some feel his comments were in reference to the competitive balance in the NBA, which has seen the Golden State Warriors win two of the last three NBA titles, and faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in three straight finals. Jordan is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, who have only advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs just twice since the 2000-01 season. It’s no surprising that the NBA Hall-of-Famer is concerned about the league’s competitive balance heading into the 2017-18 season, which starts next week.
Jordan himself was the face of the NBA, and won six NBA titles in 15 seasons played. His 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team recorded the most (72) regular-season wins in league history and went on to win an NBA title. That record was broken by the Warriors in 2016, but they loss to the Cavaliers in the NBA finals later that summer.
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