While the dawn of superteams in the NBA is exciting for the teams’ respective cities, others aren’t so fond of the trend. One person specifically is Michael Jordan.
The Charlotte Hornets owner recently said the superteam era hurts the NBA overall.
“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. “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.”
Jordan didn’t point out any team specifically, but its no secret who he’s referring to. That is the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors have won two of the past three NBA titles and in those three, they were all against the Cavs.
Following their dominance over the past four seasons, other superteams have formed. The Oklahoma City Thunder now have Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George; the Houston Rockets have Chris Paul and James Harden; and Boston Celtics have Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford.
Despite Jordan’s concerns, ironically, he was a part of the Chicago Bulls’ 1995-96 superteam, which boasted a roster that included Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. The team went on to win a then-record 72 regular-season games and the NBA title, a record the Warriors broke in 2016.
Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets, however, have struggled, so its understandable that he’s concerned about the NBA’s competitive balance. They’ve made it out of the first round of the playoffs just twice since the 2000-01 season.
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