Something that also should be mentioned is that literally every player I've seen interviewed who went up against Bulls Jordan and prime
Lebron calls Jordan "by far" the goat.
I'm talking about Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups, Kobe, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Chauncey, Rip Hamilton, Steve Nash
, etc. I've heard each one of them say Jordan is by far the better player (or insinuating this). I've seen so many that it's uncanny. On top of this, you had Pat Riley himself saying that regardless of Lebron's greatness, he would never be Mike (Wade stated Jordan was GOAT as well). Aside from this, legends who faced Mike call him by far better- This includes Ewing, Shaq, and Hakeem, who stated "This is an unfair comparison. Jordan is a far superior player."
What about Lebron's contemporaries? Harden, Durant, Dirk, Wade, Kobe etc. have all called Jordan GOAT. Certainly Kyrie doesn't either. I can only think of one or two who even entertain the thought of Lebron being on that level of Jordan (I want to say Lillard was one?) Neither of those guys faced Bulls Jordan.
The only guys that entertain the idea are those that only played Wizards Jordan (Perkins, Pierce etc.), Badboy Pistons players (John Salley recently came out and stated that he's been trolling by calling Lebron better and stated that Jordan is clearly the best player ever), and of course, those that felt overshadowed by Jordan (Oscar, Kareem basically).
That in itself is plenty of proof.Many fans will hate this, but the reality is that upon Jordan's retirement, the league wanted to replace his legacy.
They wanted to keep the scoring and excitement going. The league got a taste of unreal perimeter scoring through Jordan and wanted that same perimeter scoring to take place after his retirement.
They knew that by opening the game, they could manufacture new perimeter GOATs. And they have. There's no other reason to instill the 3 second violation, to ban hand checking, preventing defenders from guiding the offensive players. I researched statistical change among perimeter players during the specific years of the rule changes, and all perimeter player stars shot up in PPG from 5-7 PPG on average (Iverson, Nash, Kobe, etc. Even Jerry Stackhouse led the league in scoring one year with 30 points per game).
Now let me ask all of you this. Do you really think that Jerry fricking Stackhouse could have averaged 30 points per game in the 90s?