One of the best parts of “The Last Dance” was seeing Michael Jordan and the dominant Chicago Bulls of the 1990s go up against Hall of Famers like Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Isiah Thomas in some of the greatest playoff series in NBA History.
Still, Jordan haters tried to use those games as an excuse to get another debate started about how good Jordan’s competition actually was as compared to the modern NBA. The official Bulls twitter account decided to put the hater in question on blast by laughing at him, just like how Jordan laughed at Gary Payton.
While it might not be an unpopular opinion to claim that the NBA as a whole is deeper now than it was back in the '90s, the league hadn’t expanded to 30 teams by that point, meaning that it was easier to collect more Hall of Famers on one team.
This led to some memorable confrontations against the Karl Malone/John Stockton Utah Jazz, the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams of the late '80s, and Finals matchups against Hall of Famers like Barkley, Payton, and Clyde Drexler.
If you somehow thought that those clashes were not impressive, you really need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and reassess your basketball fandom.
While the overall quality of the league Jordan played in versus the NBA in 2020 is a debate that is seemingly never going to end, what can’t be denied is that Jordan constantly stared down Hall of Fame players, only to come out on top almost every time. Even the biggest Jordan hater in the world has to recognize that.