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George Gervin thinks Michael Jordan “was able to manipulate this system” to become the man he is today

Iceman gives MJ props on building his business empire, but when it comes to scoring Gervin is clear, “He couldn’t score like Ice… He had his own way of scoring. He didn’t score like me.”
San Antonio Spurs legend George "Iceman" Gervin and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan

George Gervin and Michael Jordan

After dominating the game, Michael Jordan took the sneaker industry by storm with his world-famous Jordan Brand. The brand has become a giant in the industry that recent reports stated MJ has already made over a billion dollars from it - $1.6 billion to be exact.

Undoubtedly, Nike and Jordan’s collaborations with the finest minds in the business played a huge role in the massive success of the Jordan Brand. However, NBA legend and MJ’s former Chicago Bulls teammate George Gervin offered a slightly different theory.

Gervin knows why the Jordan brand is so big

For those who don’t know, Gervin played his final season in the league with the Bulls, but he never generated buzz the way Jordan did at the time. On top of that, the pair didn’t really develop a good relationship as teammates. Nevertheless, “Iceman” said he loves the Jordan Brand, and he even “got a closet full of Mike’s shoes” in his house.

However, no matter how many Jordans Gervin put in his closet, nothing could change how he feels about the way Jordan pulls the strings to turn his brand into an empire and become the man people look up to at present.

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They’re a conversation piece, and they’re comfortable,” Gervin told The Post Game in 2017. 

MJ is no Ice

Indeed, Gervin is not your typical NBA legend. Aside from having arguably a unique theory about Jordan’s success, “Iceman” also thinks that he and MJ are nothing alike in terms of scoring the basketball.

While it is understandable that Jordan is a cut above the rest, Gervin stressed that he could hail “His Airness” as the GOAT. For Gervin, MJ may have been one of the greatest players of all time, but he certainly couldn’t score like “Iceman.”

He’s one of the greatest entertainers, one of the greatest winners, he could flat out play, his stats proved themselves, but he couldn’t score like Ice… He had his own way of scoring. He didn’t score like me.

Further explaining his claim, Gervin pointed out that unlike him, Jordan, as well as Kobe Bryant, shot the basketball more than most of the elite scorers in history, “so that means they missed a lot.

As bold as Gervin’s takes were, we have to give it to him because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. At the end of the day, what remains a fact is, even Gervin acknowledges, Jordan is one of the most successful athletes in the history of sports.

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