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Michael Jordan: Superteams Mean 28 'Garbage' Teams

14 October 2017

During an interview with Cigar Aficionado, the six-time National Basketball Association champion noted the start of super teams could damage the competitive balance in the league.

"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint". "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". I don't know if I could have survived in this Twitter time, where you don't have the privacy that you would want.

But Jordan is likely alluding to the upper half of the league, where teams are attempting to catch up to the Warriors and Cavaliers but not gaining much ground.

Jordan was the face of a superteam in the 90's, leading the Bulls to six National Basketball Association titles. The Cleveland Cavaliers swapped star guard Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, his counterpart in Boston, as well as Jae Crowder.

Michael Jordan's love for cigars is common knowledge at this point.

As the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, it's understandable that the Hall of Famer has concerns about the level of competition in the league as he has the best interests of his franchise at heart. Jack and Tiger never played against each other. They never played with the same equipment. "To now say that one is better than the other is being a little bit unfair".

According to Jordan, he smoked his first cigar in 1991 when Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf gave him one as a gift following their first NBA Championship. "No, because we played in different eras".

"Everybody says it was a failed opportunity to play baseball", he said.

"When we won those championships [in 1996, 1997 and 1998], those things mattered to me far more than what I did in '91, '92 and '93. All they think about is, 'He batted.202, and he struck out a certain number of times.' Yeah, OK". My biggest problem from a competitive standpoint is the focus of today's athlete.

"Obviously, Jack won more during the time he played; Tiger evolved it to where it crossed a lot of its boundaries, where it's not just a white guys' sport; black guys, African-Americans, you know, all these play the game", Jordan said. "And if he didn't do it, there's no telling where my emotions would be".