Michael Jordan would feast on modern NBA, implies Steve Kerr
Much has been made about how the great Michael Jordan would have fared in today’s game. Golden State Warriors head coach and a former teammate of MJ himself, Steve Kerr, has recently weighed in on the debate, and according to him, the GOAT would have dominated in today’s NBA.
Speaking on a recent appearance on the Bill Simmons podcast, Kerr explained his rationale behind his claim.
“When I look back at that Bulls team, that team was actually built to play today,” Kerr said (h/t Sourabh Singh of Essentially Sports). “Now, minus the volume of three-point shooting, but I think that team was capable of it.
“But when you’re talking about the versatility that you need to defend today. If you throw out on to the court, Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, and Dennis Rodman, that’s a 2020 defense. Those five guys can guard anybody.”
“And offensively, nobody ever could guard Michael Jordan then. You can only imagine now, with the spacing and the rules.”
Kerr definitely has a point here. Today’s game has evolved in such a way that offensive players are given more freedom to do their thing, so to speak. The defense back in the ’80’s and ’90’s was much more physical, and we all know how Jordan commanded that era.
Kerr notably omitted himself from the conversation, but credit also needs to be given to him for the role he played in that historic second Chicago Bulls three-peat. He may not have been a star, but there’s no denying that Kerr was a crucial piece for what is easily one of the greatest basketball teams of all time.