GTFOHWTBS: John Salley Says Michael Jordan Is Not the Greatest Ever
It’s been said the opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one. And while this is true, it’s also true that stupid is as stupid does. A prime example of the latter is former Detroit Pistons center and current NBA analyst, John “Spider” Salley, who said during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd that Michael Jordan is NOT the greatest player ever. In fact, Jordan doesn’t even crack Salley’s top 5 players of all time which, in order, he placed Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale ahead of MJ. Yes, all of those players were great, but better than Jordan??? GTFOHWTBS!!
The argument over who was better Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan could possibly be argued, but Kevin Mchale? Hakeem Olajuwon? What paint thinner has Salley been sniffing? If that insanity wasn’t enough, Salley even went so far as to call Isiah Thomas the best player he had ever played with. Remember, Salley was a member of the 1996 Bulls team that won an NBA-record 72 games. Now Zeke might have been a better GM than Jordan, but player? C’mon son.
Now you might be asking yourself, what – besides possibly the use of hallucinogenic drugs – would be the reason for Salley to say all of this nonsense? Simple, he was member of the Piston teams that battled with Jordan’s Bulls. Plain and simple, it’s bias. Salley even tried to window dress his ludicrous opinion by stating that the Pistons knew how to stop Jordan consistently and that he and his teammates were able to force MJ to the left with the ball and he (Jordan) wouldn’t pass and “settled for poor jumpers.” Oh yeah, Salley also called Jordan’s defense overrated and a product of an era when hand-checking was allowed. Salley forgets that it was hand checking and incessant fouling by the Piston’s that helped to “stop Jordan consistently.” Whoops.
Obviously, Salley’s comments come from a place of bias as the Bulls and Pistons of the 80s and 90s played many heated and competitive games. It’s funny how Salley’s bias was nowhere to be found when he hopped on an already winning Bulls team to chase a ring. Funny how that works.