Michael Jordan Had This to Say About Super Teams Before Nets Formed Big 3

Published 08/08/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the United States before the United States 97–49 win over China during the men’s Basketball competition on 29 July 1984 during the XXIII Olympic Summer Games at the The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Allsport/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls made some major moves in this offseason as they brought in Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. But, when we hear Chicago, only one man comes to mind. That is Michael Jordan himself. Winning 6 championships with the Bulls, leading the dynasty, he etched his name in NBA history.


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Now, with super teams on the rise, Jordan had a couple of things to say. The one teammate who Michael needed was Scottie Pippen. He won all his championships with him and has constantly said that he could not do it without him. But, today’s NBA looks different.

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and co-owner of 23XI Racing waits in the #23 DoorDash Toyota pit area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 06, 2021 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Notably, the ‘Big 3’ concept. Teams are putting all the superstars together and making themselves strong. In a recent sit-down, Jordan spoke about this trend.


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Michael Jordan says it will hurt the league

While speaking to Cigar Aficionado, Jordan said that the super team concept is hurting the league from a competitive standpoint. He explained how it would lead to a concentration of power, killing the competitiveness. Moreover, Jordan wants to see a competitive balance in the NBA.

MJ said“I think you want to be able to have competitive balance in the league. And if a player is able to choose/determine what team he wants to play for, then you are going to have some talent discrepancy in the league. So if everybody wants to go to Chicago, then all the best players are going to be in Chicago. You start to see a little bit of it now where all the stars try to get together on the same team, but I think it’s going to start to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint. Only one or two teams will be great and the other 28 will be garbage.”

Now, Jordan did choose some strong words, but he has a point. With all the teams putting superstars together, the concentration of power lies in their hands. For example, the Brooklyn Nets ‘Big 3’. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden are all top players in the NBA. Having them on one team changes the entire spectrum of the league. No wonder they become favorites to win the title.

DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In addition, the reason the Milwaukee Bucks are given so much credit is that they did not make big moves. Giannis and the Bucks stayed good with the players they had and succeeded in bringing the trophy home. Now, it looks like two teams who could win it are either the Nets or the Lakers, because of the star power that exists.

How was NBA different in the Jordan era?

Competitiveness of the NBA back in the day

We can argue that Michael Jordan had a lot of help in his time with Chicago. However, no big name was willing to join forces with him, as the top players wanted to face each other. They wanted to show that they were the best.


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Basketball player Michael Jordan clenches his fist while sitting on the bench during a game at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Jordan had Scottie, but the Bulls drafted him. In the prime years, all-stars were on different teams, competing for the same goal. They would never want to team up with one another to win. However, now the NBA is different.

Winning is associated with the names on the team rather than the will to win. It is more of a power-based game rather than a competitive game. If this trend continues, then it will lead to just a few teams competing. Hence, Michael Jordan is right in his argument against super teams.


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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.