Whatâ€™s funny about the â€śBubble ring,â€ť â€śMickey mouse title,â€ť â€śnot a real run,â€ť crowd (a group this is 99%+ anti LeBron) is the narrative they' (or the fawning media) would have if Jordan or even Kobe won a title in a bubble.
Hereâ€™s how Jordan would be seen in such a scenario:
â€śBack in 1993 the world was in the midst of a pandemic. COVID-19 had ravaged the world but the players and the NBA wanted to play. And play they did after a hiatus. The conditions were different from any we have ever seen as all distractions and crowd influence on players or referees was gone. There was no travel. There wasnâ€™t anything. Just pure basketball on a neutral court to determine who was the best team.
And the best player. And once again, Michael Jordan stood out on top amongst his peers. When there is no crowd noise and no travel, the skill level of the players is even more important and the GOAT dominated, blocking out what was happening around the world, solely concentrating on his obsession which was to win and kill his opponents. While lesser players might have missed home or worried about the health of family members, Jordan pathological desire to compete despite circumstances and win shone through yet again. While other players may have been bored or wanted out of the bubble, Jordan wanted to kill his opponents in his ruthless desire to compete. The opponents didnâ€™t stand a chance.
The Bulls held 30 point leads in 4 different games and twice in the Finals. They held leads of 27+ 6 different times and at least once against every team they played. And of course, when there is nothing but pure basketball to consider, who is going to player better than Jordan, the ultimate competitor and skilled player? Jordan averaged 27.6 ppg., 10.8 rpg., and 8.8 apg., while shooting a remarkable 56% from the field. And because heâ€™s Michael Jordan, he was even BETTER in the finals, scoring 29.8 points per game on 59% shooting and 42% from the three.
The bubble may never happen again. There might never be a chance to see whoâ€™s better in a pure basketball setting again. But we do know it happened once, and like always, the GOAT rose up above his peers.â€ť
OdomFan wrote:I'd rather have Ray Allen on my team [over Curry].
Hal14 wrote:Not saying I put McHale over Duncan, but the argument can be made.