When Michael Jordan was at the peak of his powers as an NBA superstar, his Chicago Bulls teams were mowing down the competition, winning six NBA titles and setting a record for wins in a season that was broken by the Golden State Warriors two seasons ago.
In those championship seasons from 1991-93 and 1996-98, Jordan's teams won 61, 67, 57, 72, 69 and 62 games, dominating the league.
Now, as the owner for the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan doesn't seem to be excited about teams having that kind of success.
Michael Jordan expresses major concerns over NBA's Superteam era in a Cigar Aficionado cover story: "28 teams that are going to be garbage" pic.twitter.com/zf68TWCUxW— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 12, 2017
With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors last season and with Cleveland at some point this season having Isaiah Thomas to go with LeBron James and Kevin Love, super teams seem to be in vogue.
Jordan said he thinks that kind of consolidation of talent is bad for the NBA.
"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint," Jordan told Cigar Aficionado. "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."
Is he right? The Warriors and Cavaliers have played in the past three NBA Finals, and they're favored to do it again this season.
But Golden State still has to win four more championships to equal what Jordan's teams did in the 1990s. The Cavaliers need five.
Let's not say it's going to hurt the league just yet. After all, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joined Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, Chris Paul teamed up with James Harden in Houston and Boston brought in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Other franchises are trying to put their version of super teams out there to knock off the champs.
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