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Michael Jordan Lobs Criticism At NBA Players Who Want Shortened Season

Submitted by on October 16, 2014 – 8:34 pmNo Comment
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Michael Jordan doesn’t appear to be too fond of these new school NBA players. Don’t get him wrong, he likes to watch them in action. However, when it comes to toughness, let’s just say that we’re pretty sure His Airness thinks that he could make a majority of this era’s NBA players cry real tears if he were to play them in his heyday.

After hearing both Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James openly discuss the advantages of a shortened season, Jordan quickly levied his criticism at anybody who shares that line of thinking.

“I love both of those guys, but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,” Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, told ESPN during a telephone interview. “If I wasn’t playing 82 games, I still would’ve been playing somewhere else because that’s the love for the game I had. As a player, I never thought 82 games was an issue.

“But if that’s what they want to do, we as owners and players can evaluate it and talk about it. But we’d make less money as partners. Are they ready to give up money to play fewer games? That’s the question, because you can’t make the same amount of money playing fewer games.”

In short, Jordan is saying “man up!”

“It’s not like football,” he said. “We don’t really have to worry about concussions and some of the physical damage that football players deal with after they retire. I can understand football players wanting to play fewer games from a physical standpoint. But basketball’s not the same. I’m not diminishing the fact that we go through a grueling season. But I wouldn’t want to shorten the game or play 15-20 fewer games.”

Can you tell that Jordan just isn’t feeling the notion that 82 games is “too much?” After all, he is the greatest player in the history of the NBA who never, ever turns back a challenge.

Best advice to James and Nowitzki: Don’t let Jordan hear anything like that from you again.

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