How many times in a conversation about basketball have you heard the words ” Not like Jordan”, or “well, Jordan would’ve…”? It’s almost to the point where you would start to think in the back of your mind that Michael Jordan invented the game of basketball. Don’t get me wrong, the things that Jordan did on the court were nothing less than extraordinary. With that being said, it’s a new day and a new era of basketball. We now see the players more outspoken and in control of their careers more than ever. Why does anybody have an issue with this? I have no idea considering the fact that owners, and general managers only show loyalty to money, revenue, and the next best thing to drive their organization forward.
For Lebron James, everything he does is compared to Michael Jordan. Every time Lebron James doesn’t do something, somebody with a fresh Youtube highlight video stuck in their head and the latest pair of Jordan sneakers on always has to say “Jordan would’ve made that shot”, Jordan would’ve beat them”, “Jordan would’ve would’ve would’ve would’ve….”(you get the point).
So it’s no surprise that after Lebron’s profane rant after a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans about needing a playmaker, brought out the “Jordan should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, wouldn’t have’s”.
Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause decided to lead the “Jordan should’ve could’ve would’ve” talk by stating the following this week on a podcast. ” I’ll say this about him, he never came up to me and asked for other players. He never came to me and asked me to draft a player. He never came to me to ask me to trade for a player. Never once did that happen.” Ah, music to the ears of someone that’s watching the final minutes of the 98′ finals with a bulls jersey and a fresh pair of Jordan retro sneakers in their closet, right?
Well not so fast.
In a book called “The Jordan Rules” by author Sam Smith, published in 1992. Smith wrote about a player named Michael Jordan that was pushing for the Bulls to make a trade in 1990 due to being frustrated with a fellow teammate named Bill Cartwright. The book even states that Jordan said the frowned upon words “I need help” to Krause himself.
Just goes to show how little people know about the game. Individual awards and performances are great but basketball is a TEAM GAME. Lebron isn’t afraid to welcome that as a superstar. I applaud it. To back up his point on the podcast, Krause also said Jordan thought he was so good, that he could win without his teammates. What’s funny is, Kobe was hated for that mentality. Except for when it comes to talking about how Lebron would rather make the right pass than to take the last shot while being double teamed.
To me, it’s sad. The lack of knowledge about the game and the praising of highlights and 20+ year old sneakers leaves this generation of athletes to be the self-centered, money hungry players that they are negatively trashed to be. I’m tired of the hypocrites that want the harshness of the 80’s and 90’s but yet look at Demarcus Cousins as a problem. Tired of hearing the game is too soft but then the refs suck when Stephen Curry gets bumped off the baseline and it’s not a foul.
It’s not the 80’s or 90’s anymore. Get over it. If you’re gonna watch today’s game of basketball just to complain. Don’t watch it. There’s always old highlights and full games from those era’s on Youtube.