Michael Jordan has six NBA Championships, all from an era without Twitter eggs and dog avi dudes constantly picking at every little deficiency, real or imagined. No doubt players from prior generations are glad they didn’t have to endure online trolling, but Golden State Warriors coach and former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr says it might have actually helped His Airness win a few more rings.
Jordan, famous for being competitive to what any rational person would consider a fault, could have taken online slights in a completely different way if he played in a different era.
Kerr said this mostly tongue-in-cheek to reporters on Friday, but there’s some truth behind the supposition.
After all, Jordan is a man who reduced Kwame Brown — his own No. 1 overall draft pick — to emotional rubble in practice. This is a man who shot free throws with his eyes closed to taunt a rookie Dikembe Mutumbo; who played an entire game of basketball against cartoon aliens simply because they squashed him into the shape of a basketball and then dunked him through a hoop.
Alas, Twitter exists in 2016 but didn’t in 1996, so it seems this mystery will remain unsolved.
Looks like we’ll just have to do with Crying Jordan.