Michael Jordan is majorly considered and looked upon as the G.O.A.T of basketball for even the modern-era athletes. From his numerous clips going viral every second day, to former Hall of Famers acknowledging the winning-mindset that drove him, Jordan surely is the epitome of greatness. However, Shannon Sharpe believes that the Chicago Bulls has been hugely benefitted by not playing in the era of social media, where everything and anything can get criticized.
This train of thought was started by Brooklyn Nets marquee Kevin Durant, who believed that the mystery that surrounded Michael Jordan due to the absence of social media benefitted the Chicago Bulls’ greatest of all-time. Reacting upon the same, Shannon Sharpe further added to this claim.
What was opinionated by Shannon Sharpe on Michael Jordan?
In a conversation with co-host Skip Bayless on Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe stated, “We didn’t get an opportunity to break Michael (Jordan) down like we do to current professional athletes.
“When you go to the internet, all you see is highlights of Michael Jordan. You don’t see any missed shots. You don’t see any failures. So, you see this mythical god-like figure. Everybody that talks about him, what’s the first thing they say? ‘Man is like a god.’ ‘It’s like he was levitating.’ ‘It’s like he’s not even real.’ Before I heard any of that, that’s how I felt when I saw him.”
To many, that point of view is valid as people would have nitpicked every performance, just like they do with LeBron James. While not many of his setbacks made it to the mainstream media, he deserves all the praise he is getting for his incredible achievements.
That being said, it does seem a little harsh that everything LeBron James does, eventually gets criticized by abundance of fanatics and analysts, who go onto question his G.O.A.T tag. But has Michael Jordan been benefitted by not playing in the social media era? Is what remains should be discussed upon by those who blindly criticize and condemn modern-era players.