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Michael Jordan: 'I Smoke Six Cigars a Day'

Michael Jordan: 'I Smoke Six Cigars a Day'

"I smoke six cigars a day", Jordan said.

He also talked about his pal Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion golfer struggling to return after multiple back operations, and said he himself might not have "survived in this Twitter time".

Some feel his comments were in reference to the competitive balance in the National Basketball Association, which has seen the Golden State Warriors win two of the last three National Basketball Association titles, and faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in three straight finals. It's not surprising that the NBA Hall-of-Famer is concerned about the league's competitive balance heading into the 2017-18 season, which starts next week. "I won 6 championships".

It's not hard to figure out which top teams he believes are super teams, just check the NBA Finals the last three years.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has offered mixed opinions on the topic of "superteams".




Let's not say it's going to hurt the league just yet. Kawhi Leonard was the 15th pick in the draft; Isaiah Thomas was the 60th pick in the draft; Draymond Green was the 35th pick in the draft.

"When I hear people say that (Golden State and Cleveland) are now the two teams that are dynasties". I think it's unfair. Think back - we had the Lakers and Celtics. Oddsmakers largely agree, having installed the two teams as 5-12 and 4-1 title favorites, respectively (per ESPN), with the Celtics next closest at 10-1. "Golden State hadn't won it in 40 years", added Silver. "I would never say one is greater than the other".

When James famously ditched the Cavs for the Heat in 2010, he helped usher in the era of super teams by uniting with Wade in Miami, along with another prized free agent, Chris Bosh.

As far as Jordan's comments on the business environment, if there are always just one or two teams stacked up with all of the best talent, it could potentially make fans of lesser teams shy away from the game more, as they may just develop a "what's the point?" mentality. Like, am I the reason that they're not that good (laughs)? One more team. I couldn't have made the (entire) East better. "I was more into stock auto racing than I was into anything else".


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