Michael Jordan’s Effect on NBA Basketball: Was It a Good Thing?

November 16th, 2010 by Jason Kiang Leave a reply »
His legacy is one of personified greatness.  His name has become synonymous with being the best as it is not uncommon to use his it as a standard bearer of sorts.  His game was beautiful, elegant and graceful and it inspired an entire generation of children all over America to "be like Mike." 

Yes, Michael Jordan brought the NBA and basketball's popularity in general to new heights.  His ability to soar to the basket and do things we'd never before seen captured the world's attention and helped make basketball more of a global sport than it had ever been.  Unfortunately this came with a price. 

Michael Jordan made scoring sexy.  His reverse layups, slam dunks, and fadeaway shots were exciting to say the least.  But as more and more of basketball's youth tried to emulate and imitate their favorite No. 23, we started to see that  being like Mike was easier said than done.  And as that basketball youth grew, so did the me mentality that Michael Jordan unintentionally created. 

Suddenly, basketball became less about five guys playing with synergy and mor ...

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