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Jordan: Super teams hurt the NBA

13 October 2017

In a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado Magazine, His Airness expressed some concerns about competitive balance in the league. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado - apparently the GOAT smokes six cigars a day - Jordan said he thinks concentrating the league's talent on a couple of teams has hurt the National Basketball Association from a competitive standpoint. While Jordan did not mention the two great teams, it's safe to assume that they are the #Golden State Warriors and the #Cleveland Cavaliers, who faced off in the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons.

He also talked about his pal Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion golfer struggling to return after multiple back operations, and said he himself might not have "survived in this Twitter time".

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.

Charlotte managed to get Dwight Howard via trade and the team will have to improve to keep rising star Kemba Walker on the roster before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. There is not really even a close second - perhaps the Cleveland Cavaliers? I just don't believe it. I won six championships. Tiger played in his peak somewhere towards the end of my career. Bill Russell won 11.

As far as Jordan's comments on the business environment, if there are always just one or two teams stacked up with all of the best talent, it could potentially make fans of lesser teams shy away from the game more, as they may just develop a "what's the point?" mentality.

Speaking on the donation, Jordan said: "Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community".

Jordan, 54, also said he lacks the patience to be a coach, saying his biggest problem is the focus level of today's players. For me to ask an individual to focus on the game the way I played would, in some ways, be unfair. Make me better than him? "And if he didn't do it, there's no telling where my emotions would be".