NBA legend Michael Jordan caused a bit of a stir last week when he said that super-teams will make life harder for the other 28 NBA teams.
Considering Jordan once won six titles in eight years (with the only non-wins coming in the two seasons he was retired), those were somewhat surprising comments from one of the best players ever to play the game.
Therefore, NBA commissioner Adam Silver couldn't help but have a bit of a laugh at MJ's comments, responding to them earlier this week.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Silver said he had "a bit of a chuckle" about Jordan's remarks, responding to the legend during an episode of ESPN's "Mike & Mike" show:
“I take it with a bit of a grain of salt,” Silver said. “And also, here’s a guy who in his last six full seasons as a Chicago Bull won the championship. So at the time everybody defined that Bulls team as a 'super-team.' I think there’s a recognition that in this sport, with combinations of certain players, they are going to be superior. To me, as I said towards the end of last season, we should celebrate excellence.”
Obviously, Jordan's comments were directed toward the Golden State Warriors, who have won two titles in three years and added Kevin Durant to the mix last year. This offseason, many other superstars joined forces to take a shot at the Warriors.
However, Silver says the Warriors must be given credit for the way they created their super-team, as Golden State relied on shrewd drafting to put themselves in position to land a player of Durant's caliber in free agency:
“Before we talk about breaking up a truly great team, especially one that was largely built through the draft — I get it [Kevin] Durant came as a free agent — but when you have Steph [Curry] as the seventh pick, Klay [Thompson] as the 11th, Draymond [Green] at the 35th pick, Steve Kerr doing an incredible job, Bob Myers as the GM, to me, it raises the bar for all teams in the league and it’s something that rather then teams sitting around and saying ‘We can’t possibly compete against the Golden State Warriors,’ you’d like to think the collection of the very best players in the world on the 29 other teams would have the Warriors in their sights,” Silver said.
Indeed, the NBA seems to be growing in popularity, and while several teams will have no choice other than to tank this season, the blueprint is there - provided by the Warriors. With solid draft picks and good coaching hires, any team can have hope.