Defining which athlete is the best in history in each discipline is practically impossible. The different eras in which the protagonists played makes comparisons difficult to make. That’s what Michel Jordan pointed out when justifying why he can’t choose someone.
“I did not play against Wilt Chamberlain. Not against Jerry West. It is unfair to say now who was better than who. Only among similar players can you judge the impact they have, how much they changed the game … I won six championships, but Bill Russell won eleven. Does that make one better than the other? No. We played at different times. Debate is never fair, it is never measured proportionally“He expressed in dialogue with the magazine Cigar Aficionado.
That debate, which is now on the table in the sport of orange because of the successes of LeBron James, is also in other sports. For Argentines, the example par excellence is that of Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi. Jordan, for his part, transferred him to golf. “In golf, Tiger (Woods) and Jack Nicklaus never played against each other, or on the same course, the same tournament, with the same equipment …“he explained.
On the other hand, Jordan tried to put himself in the current era and assured that the influence of social networks had bothered him: “They have invaded the personality and private lives of the players. It has gotten to the point where some use them for financial returns and all that. But for some like me, and seeing everything that Tiger had to go through … nor I know if I would have survived if I had competed in this era of Twitter“