I understand the new trend in the NBA as it pertains to Superstars connecting with one another in order to ultimately win Titles. In recent years, we've seen Garnett, Pierce, and Ray Allen teaming up in Boston to win a ring. Most notable, we witnessed Wade, LeBron, and Bosh joining forces to secure two Titles for Miami in the midst of four straight trips to the Finals.
Although I recognize the shift, I admire the stance and journey of who most consider the GOAT, Michael Jordan. He struggled during his early years in Chicago, but he remained steadfast. Upon being bounced from the playoffs by Bird and the Celtics and Isiah and the Pistons, Jordan stuck it out with the Bulls. I believe those familiar with the game have more respect for him because we understand what he dealt with to make it to the top. We recognize the obstacles he had to overcome to acquire numerous championships. Unlike those alliances above, we can truly say he 'earned' his. He didn't go to the Lakers with Magic, Kareem, and Worthy. He didn't unite with Bird, McKale, and Parrish. He didn't link up with Isiah, Dumars, and Laimbeer. He dealt with the hand he received and made the most of it.
I grasp the latest paradigm, but I have a greater appreciation for those who've been resilient. I realize it's a new day, but I have more admiration for those who remained vigorous. With that said, however, I still respect KD and I wish him the best!
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Posted on Mon, July 4, 2016
by Corey Brown