Whenever Michael Jordan speaks everyone listens. Especially when it’s about the NBA…
The NBA most recently announced it would experiment with a 44-minute game to help preserve players health as well as shorten the games. So naturally, a few of the NBA’s biggest stars decided to comment on it. Lebron James as well as Dirk Nowitzki said fewer games would be an ideal solution.
Michael Jordan chimed in also, but had a different take on the situation:
“I love both of those guys but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,” Jordan told ESPN.com 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.”
“I would never shorten the game by four minutes,” said Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, “unless guys were having physical issues.”
Here’s the thing, Jordan is arguably the greatest player of all time. He comes from the old school tough physical era of the league so we’d expect him to make statements like that. Plus Jordan played 82 games nine times. LeBron has never done it.
Jordan is now an owner, and from an owners perspective shortening the season doesn’t make any sense. Fewer games almost certainly means less money and now a day who’s willing to pass up ‘more money’.