Michael Jordan Ruined the NBA

Today’s basketball players play basketball. Far too much of it. When you play the game, you don’t get nearly the number of touches you’d get working on your own. Fundamentals go right out the gym door.
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird may have saved basketball – they reinvented the pass, the loveliest part of the sport – but Michael Jordan ruined it, through no fault of his own.
He was so much better than everyone else, to start with. But his turning the dunk into an art form also turned kids into leapers instead of basketball players. Youngsters wanted to be like Mike – but only a portion of Mike, who also happened to be a superb defender and shooter.

San Diego Union-Tribune

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