Former NBA player Channing Frye made a guest appearance on the Talking Blazers podcast, where he explained why he never considered Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all-time. Frye has a good reason for his claims because he was growing up in Phoenix as a Suns fan, so naturally, his favorite players were Charles Barkley and the rest of that team.
“I’m not gonna lie. I wasn’t a Jordan fan. I’m from Phoenix, right? So I’m a Barkley guy, I’m a Kevin Johnson guy, I’m a Thunder Dan guy. So as much as everyone’s shocked, I never had Jordan (as) my top player of all time, anyways.”Channing Frye, via Talking Blazers Podcast
Frye even went that far to say the game came easy to Michael because his only job was to score the ball. On top of that, Frye believes players today wouldn’t want to play with him, especially after the documentary The Last Dance showed how he treated his teammates in practice. Many fans and analysts, on the other hand, believe Jordan would average 40 or even 50 points in today’s NBA, and this is something Fyre disagrees with entirely.
“He only had really one job. And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate. But I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now. Guys wouldn’t want to play with him. Right? I think you have to adjust and adapt, and to say that Jordan would average 50? No, he wouldn’t. Everyone would double-team him.”Channing Frye, via Talking Blazers Podcast
“If LeBron went back then, he had two guys that would guard him. Who’s 6-9? Rodman and Snottie Drippen, right? He had two guys that would guard him. Who else could keep up with him?”Channing Frye, via Talking Blazers Podcast
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