We all agree Michael Jordan would have dominated the game if he played in the current era. But to make that hypothetical fair, we can’t just focus on what would happen on the court. The man himself believes that he would struggle with playing in 2022 because of what happens off the court.
” I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter (era) “
Everyone who saw The Last Dance understands one of the main reasons for his retirement in the 90s (both of them) was the exhaustion of being Michael Jordan. A man who enjoys his peace and privacy couldn’t go anywhere without a camera and a microphone in his face. Jordan was professional and courteous with the press, but he had enough. And we’re talking about the 1990s here.
Fast forward to the 2020s, where your average news cycle is measured in minutes and hours, everyone has an HD camera in their pocket and the ability to share news instantaneously.
“I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter [era], where you don’t have the privacy that you’d want and what seems to be very innocent can always be misinterpreted.” the GOAT explained.
MJ getting canceled
If Michael Jordan played today, he’d be a prime candidate to get canceled. The way MJ tested his teammates, and challenged his opponents, would instantaneously get labeled as bullying. Would that be right or wrong, we leave you to decide. But one thing is sure - that is a switch MJ can’t turn off. While he’d adapt to the modern NBA rule book without a problem, the social media-woke scene would be a much bigger challenge for Black Jesus.
Given his notorious late-night card game activities and not-so-healthy obsession with golf, gambling, and cigars, the media and sports websites would have a field day capturing his whereabouts and what he does outside the court.
There’s no doubt Michael Jordan could play and dominate any era if we’re talking about the basketball court. But adapting to everything else that goes on in the circus we call the NBA in 2022 is a different story.