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USA Today had a chance to ask Mike a few questions about NBA 2K11, which allows gamers to play as Michael Jordan in the ‘Jordan Challenges’ mode. Greatness commented on how he thinks the hand checking rule has made it easier for guards to score: “It’s less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I’m pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points.”
What? He's the reason they changed the damned rules so you couldn't come within 6 feet of the ball handler without getting the whistle. Jordan and the "Jordan rules" killed defense as we knew it in the NBA. Of course he could score more against rules that were designed specifically to increase the effectiveness of him and players like him in the NBA's effort to exploit his star power.
I read a rebuttal to MJ's statement that made some really good points. I'm a bit torn but I think he might be able to do it against yesteryear's defenders with today's rules. Players were simply more physical than they are today and about the only thing that slowed MJ down was roughing him up a little. I know none of that is allowed in today's NPA. National Pansy Association
Kobe just scored 81 a few years back. Kobe is a great scorer, but MJ did whatever MJ wanted most of the time (sure it involves star treatment, but what star doesn't get that). If he set out with the goal of scoring 100 points, he could do it.
The least believable thing about Jordan's statement is when he said he might have fouled out. Obviously, he forgot that the handchecking rules that were implemented to help him score more easily also mysteriously didn't seem to apply as much to the Bulls perimeter defenders, including both Jordan and Pippen, leading them to be even more effective than they otherwise would have been IMO.
Yes I do. That's why I brought it up. The hand check was eliminated in 1994 right in the middle of Jordan's prime. There's a reason it's called the "Jordan rule".
1. Nobody calls it that.
2. Jordan was retired in 1994 and playing baseball. They implemented it when we had our first (and only) finals in league history where neither team broke 100 even once, and the league realized, "holy **** Jordan was the only guy we had that could score 50 while being hand checked," and tried to make it easier....for EVERYONE ELSE.
They also move the arc in that summer...you know, because Jordan was such a big 3 point shooter.
And what is bothering me is that the scores of games were actually higher in the 80s and early 90s. So what is the reality here?
And the hand check rule's interpretation has changed over the years. So MJ could be commenting on that. But the point of the statement was on the physicality of the game and not him scoring 100 points.
Jordon could drop 100 against some teams, I have no doubt. You got games with us, GSW, Knicks all playing games in the 120-140 range at times in recent years. He'd have a field day with that pace and the weak defenses those teams played.