This past summer around the NBA was filled with teams adding top-end talent as a way to hopefully contend with the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.
From Chris Paul joining James Harden in Houston to the Oklahoma City Thunder adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to team up with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, the league is entering an era of super teams.
This might have been taken to a whole new level when Kevin Durant bolted Oklahoma City for the aforementioned Warriors. But in reality, it started when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in South Beach years ago.
In any event, six-time NBA champion and the greatest of them all, Michael Jordan, is now speaking out against the NBA’s current super team model.
“I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint, Jordan told Cigar Aficionado (h/t Ben Golliver of SI.com). “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.”
One has to wonder if Jordan thinks his Charlotte Hornets team is going to be garbage this season. The all-time great is a part owner for the fledgling franchise.
In any event, it’s an interesting take from a guy who existed on the court at a time that competitive balance really wasn’t the name of the game. For a six-year span in which he played full seasons, Jordan earned six NBA titles and won the MVP four times.