Hall of Fame shooting guard and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says he is concerned with the direction the NBA is taking as far as “super teams” go, according to a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado.
“I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” said Jordan. “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.”
While “garbage” might be too strong of a word, Jordan does make some valid points. Right now, the Golden State Warriors are clearly the best team in the league. There is not really even a close second — perhaps the Cleveland Cavaliers? Barring any major injuries, the Warriors will be the prohibitive favorites to win the championship again.
Now, does that mean the rest of the league is “garbage?” No.
The Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics all may have something to say about that, but Jordan was likely just using hyperbole to make his point. Think about this: Do you honestly believe any of those teams listed above will have a chance to dethrone a healthy Warriors team in a seven-game series? Highly, highly unlikely.
As far as Jordan’s comments on the business environment, if there are always just one or two teams stacked up with all of the best talent, it could potentially make fans of lesser teams shy away from the game more, as they may just develop a “what’s the point?” mentality.