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Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 3:21 pm  |  231 responses

Michael Jordan: If I Played Today, I Could Have Scored 100

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.”

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  • JTaylor21

    MJ done lost his DAMN mind and Wilt is definitely rolling over in his grave.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ha ha lol man u the best but 100 not very unlikely

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ………..c’mon son

  • LD

    I’m sure Phil would have loved that.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I dunno, it’s far-fetched but not impossible for MJ in his prime. The league IS a lot less physical now. If you take those old games where he scored 50-60 against a defense that basically smacked him up every time he was in the paint and then add 20 trips to the stripe…there’s a good shot at 100. One thing for sure — if they had today’s defensive limits back during MJ’s time, his scoring average would have been mindblowing. We’re looking at a 40-45 point season for sure, during his early years. And Detroit definitely would have to come up with something different than the “Jordan Rules”. LOL.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    He is talking about in the video game.

  • http://blog.newregime.ca freddy lloyd

    Yall need to go read bill simmons book of basketball to understand how crappy that 100pts game by wilt was…. And what MJ isn’t crazy kobe dropped 81 and if I get ur statement mj isn’t better than kobe?? Let’s not forget that mj’s era fouls weren’t as easy to get as now! His statement is plausable!

  • johnny

    Prob not that hard to imagine. If Kobe scored 81, that’s only 19 points more. And Jordan has Kobe by 19 points EASY.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Hell, I’m gonna go play NBA2k11 now and try and score 100 as Jordan…and then the rest of my team will hate me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Well, Kobe got 81 and Mike was more ferocious going to the basket than Kobe was at the time of the 81, so there may be some merit to it. The Raptors were horrible. If Mike played under those same circumstances on the same type of night, who knows? The game may have took 4 hours due to so many freethrows, but if Kobe would have said this, the slobbers would be saying he could get 110. BTW, Jtaylor, I’m starting to get the feeling you might an illegitimate kid of Mikes. Wilt got 100 against midgets. That wasn’t even fair back then.

  • Booyah

    If whoever doesn’t agree with MJ is older than 25-30 then I don’t know what MJ you grew up watching. This would have happened 1-5 times against bad teams in his career.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Eboy: Oh man, against that sorry Raptor’s defense, MJ could easily have scored 100. LOL. I’m from Toronto, and that game makes me hang my head in shame.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I wouldn’t doubt it. Jordan was way better then Kobe at everything but spot up shooting and kobe dropped 81. Plus Michael got to the line at a higher clip, in a league that was much more physical, even when Jordan and the Referees had their own secret agreement

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I don’t think the kids really know, M Cho/Booyah. It’s probably better that way.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    That’s 10 buckets a quarter and 5 free throws per. That ain’t sh*t if prime Mike was focused on it.

  • whereisbisondele?

    I just love what could be perceived as a shot at Kobe threatening his legacy, saying Kobe’s among the “top 10″ guards all time. Even with all the great guards, he’d likely be considered in the top tier of them…

  • GDav-6

    It’s kind of probable, anyone who saw Jordan play knows the league is softer now… so Jordan in his prime with his tough play and mindset could achieve 100 against the Raptors as Kobe did (18 free-throw points)…

    Won’t speak about Wilt ’cause I didn’t see many videos of him playing.

  • JalepinoSausage

    M Cho . The league SEEMS LESS PHYSICAL. But its not. look at this way , cats now adays are twice the size & weight + more athletic no doubt. Ball faster , hit harder, also there’s a greater chance of injury. MJ would have been at the line more but to get 100 ? HELL NO !!! Wilt ‘s the Stilt!! MJs my man bigtime & ish but he must have been playin 2K too much. ( on the other note – i wonder if MJ’s got KOBE toilet paper)

  • Noel

    Against the knicks, maybe

  • Justin

    I think one can defend that statement about him getting 100 in today’s game with one simple stat. Kobe scored 81. You don’t think Michael could get 19 more, being the better scorer of the two? Look back at game 1 of the ‘92 Finals. He scored 35 in the first half after sitting out the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, and played maybe 5 or 6 minutes of the third quarter, maybe only taking 3 shots. You don’t think he goes off in a monster way if they keep him in the game the whole time? He also scored 37 ppg in a time when handchecking was allowed. I believe that scoring the way he did was MUCH more impressive than the way Wilt did it. He’s a guard, where Wilt was a center, never further than 5 or 6 feet from the hoop.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Michael did say guards…..not shooting guards. Kobe is in the top 10. Did he lie?

  • Nick the Quick

    All we’re missing is for someone to bring up Lebron in this discussion and the comments will hit 300+. Lebron will drop 100 before his career is over..here you go..

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    If MJ played the Raptors, Golden State or Phoenix today he scores 100.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    If I was in high school today, I woulda got str8 A’s.. (this internet generation doesn’t understand how easy it is now). When I first read the headline I was thinking “No Way”. But after reading some of these comments, I’ve changed my mind.. Highly possible..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Let’s see: Michael, Magic, Stockton, Kobe, Jerry West, Isiah, Drexler, Reggie, Gervin, Oscar.

  • The goat

    Nobody in today’s league could check Michael PERIOD they couldn’t stop him from getting 100. He would of done that a few times. The league is soft as fuck that’s why you see them struggling in the fiba games. MJ had the toughest defenses in his era. Go check on YouTube look up Bruce blitz or mj blitz on there and they break the differences between the eras down. Matter of fact if u don’t think this league is soft and controlled ask the mavs what happened vs dwade in the finals when he was getting foul calls when nobody was touchig him

  • arjae828

    MJ vs. the trail blazers anyone? 6 trey balls in the first half. 35 points in the first half. with Clyde Drexler — who was every bit as strong, tall and athletic as MJ –guarding him. And he held drexler under 20 points ! And he shot over 50% ! This was the NBA Finals. You’re telling me he couldn’t pull this off in the regular season against an average team?!

    another instance: 55pts against the NY Knicks, in the Garden, one of the best defensive teams in the history of the League. Against one of the best coaches in the history of the League. He shot over 50% against a stacked Knicks squad. He could definitely have dropped 100.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @Jalepino: Mike only played a decade and a half ago, not the 1960′s. Dudes today aren’t twice the size and weight as the 1990′s. And I’d even say some were BIGGER back then – that was a time when there many dominant big men, not just a few. Mike played against Robinson, Ewing, Hakeem, Shaq and more. DHoward would be a PF back then. And as for hitting harder — it’s like this: 1) Mike drives the lane, 2) someone touches his jersey, 3) Mike gets the superstar call and goes to the stripe, 4) Mike makes 2 of 2.

  • Justin

    Of course Kobe is top 10. I like that list Eboy, although I’m struggling with Isiah, Drexler, and Reggie. But, that’s also because I hated those guys for a long time. Hard not to think about Iverson and Nash in there somewhere too

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I don’t know if I could drop anyone in favor of Nash and AI. Maybe 10a & 10b?

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i don’t think it’s likely, but it could have been possible. he was putting up 60+ in playoff games against the celtics. if he needed to it’s not crazy to say that he could do more. again, not likely. but i don’t put anything past jordan.

  • The Philosopher

    And, if Earvin played today he would average a triple double.

  • Yesse

    Your the greatest, but also i hear some arrogant answers in public press sometimes. No way would have MJ scored 100. He could have had a game like Kobe had against the Raps when he scored 81, but 100? Not going down.

  • Still ballin

    That’s the greatest of all time!!!!

  • BMamba12

    Mike,
    what you’re forgetting is that YOU DID PLAY in this era with whatever lesser hand checking rules there are now. Sure, you were the oldest to score 40, but 100?! C’mon, the league’s guard play has caught up. You wouldn’t be the only athletic guard out there like you were in the 90s. Calm that competitive spirit down and acknowledge the greatness in today’s players.

  • http://www.myczechrepublic.com SAB

    it’s like Booyah said – if you’re doubting this, then you just didn’t see enough Jordan. no problem. jtaylor’s comment might be the worst first comment in the history of forever.

  • Justin

    lol@Eboy. OK, 10a and 10B it is. Uh oh, Philosopher is here with more Magic stuff. OK, I’ll ask. The basic reasoning of this article is how the rules have changed in favour of the SCORER. So, how would Magic’s totals have gone up?
    Looking back at Jordan’s career I don’t see how anyone could refute this claim. You know, not only would Jordan have done it, but maybe Dominique comes close, certainly a game or two in the 80′s. That guy is so underrated when looking back at all the great scorers

  • Addam

    Of course he could have! The 1st 4 comments should be removed!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Anything is possible I suppose

  • kobesBESTfriend

    maybe if Joey Crawford or Tim Donaghy were reffing

  • Justin

    You know, the most amazing thing about Wilt doing it was going 28-32 from the free throw line. I mean, the guy shot what…50% for his career and he comes out in that game and shoots them that well. It was just meant to be for one night. Take an 83% shooter like Michael and the points pile up in a hurry

  • http://www.slamonline.com Migs

    People who are disagreeing aren’t realizing that when MJ came into the league, there were only 23 teams. The expansion teams basically ensured that there would be a dilution of talent somewhere in the league.. hence we’ve got teams like the Raptors, Wolves and Grizzlies who at times even get torched by other teams’ scrubs.

  • Shane

    The only way he could get 100 is if he was getting the foul calls Kobe gets

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Easy buckets for him. He shot 51% in a tougher defensive league. He could do it.

  • Martey

    Kobe scored 81 in 3 quarters and change. Michael would have had a shot at it. He scored 69 in the rough and tumble 80′s

  • Hoh Oho

    Prime MJ would have scored 100+ no doubt. Today’s NBA is soft.

  • Bob Dobolina

    And next year Mike will say he could have got 125 with the rules today. No disrespect to MJ but its always the older generations calling the current one’s pu*&ies. At this point he just sounds like a aging athlete looking to start an argument. TEAM DURANT!!

  • JTaylor21

    All you clowns that claim that the League is softer today are MORONS. Have you guys played a second in the NBA? So how the HELL do you know, just because you watch it on TV doesn’t mean you know exactly what it’s like. That’s like me saying that India is dangerous, that statement has no merit so I can’t say it without having gone there. @Eboy, if I was MJ’s illegitimate kid, I would be in the league beasting right now instead of being a BUM like his REAL kids.

  • slick ric

    I sorta believe him, He did average about 37 0r 38 a night in 87 I believe, so now a days on a good night where he getting the calls, which you know he will, its not that far fetched.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor you are beyond ridiculous. THe level of logic you portray on a day in and day out basis would rival that of my nephew. and he just learned how to roll over. You have never even played competitive basketball, as proven by your comments on another thread, so how are you going to lecture people like you know what your talking about? don’t call people morons when your opinion is viewed as moronic by 80% of the people that read these boards but we bite our tongue because we know insults like tha ones you use every single day are completely pointsless. Do everyone a favor and just read the comment section for a while, or maybe read an NBA rulebook from 1995 and compare it to an nba rulebook in 2010. nobody said the players were “softer,” we said the league is less physical (meaning the RULES are MORE STRICT and HARSH on PHYSICAL CONTACT.) it has nothing to do with muscle mass, player speed, or anything else like that you ignorant jerkoff

  • Justin

    JTaylor…How do you know it ISN’T softer? Have you played a game in the NBA? So how the HELL do you know, just because you’ve watched it on TV doesn’t mean you know exactly what it’s like. And yes, watching it on TV does show you, especially if you watch ESPN classics. EVERYTHING remotely excessive is a “hard foul” now, 2 plus the ball. Sometimes I think you like to come on here just to argue with people instead of saying something actually constructive. It gets boring after awhile

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    So…..I should buy the game Mike?

  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!

  • Dutch

    @Jtaylor, you must be the biggest idiot ive ever heard. Are you insane? there’s something wrong with you boy!

  • Blackphantom

    If Kobe dropped 81, i’m pretty sure Michael in his prime could at least get close to 100

  • JTaylor21

    So just because you saw a few hard fouls especially the rambis one on every highlight from the 80s means that it was tougher back then? CHILD PLEASE. The rules may be geared towards less aggressive play it doesn’t mean that the players are softer today than in the past. Kobe/Wade/Bron and other greats of today will be just as dominant in the past and will probably avg. more points due to the style of play and pace. Stop worshiping past players and they are already great you don’t need to hype them up anymore.

  • 80y4n

    I just watched like 6 different movies about Jordan, my friend transferred from tapes, and I was amazed at how everything was different, faster paced and punishing during 80-90s era though I grew up watching it I simply wasnt exposed to the old games for a long period of time, and i totally forgot how everything was. Detroit, New York, Indiana, Utah, Portland, Lakers, Seattle are just a few playoff series covered that come to mind, and MJ was really incredible all fanboyism aside. All players endured slaps, elbows, jabs, arm twists handlocks, and all kinds of dirty and dangerous tricks deployed in defense and offense were a common place as the main criteria for the referees was obviously no blood no foul. Players of today are heavier, therefore slower, often travelling as it is hard to achieve the burst speed with high body mass. Thats why handcheck was removed, as it slowed them down even more and number of points per game dropped and thats why today we often read things “insert name lost 15 pounds”. The only thing that worries me is that somehow their technique is diminishing somehow, and yes MJ could score 100 no problem in todays BB

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and JTaylor, your someones kid, and your not out there doing anything. Just because someone has someone talented’s DNA doesn’t mean they too will have the same gifts. but then again you did get that brain from somewhere

  • Michael

    A fired up prime Mike against some of the wack teams that have been running around recently, hell yeah he could.

  • J-MAC

    MJ is full of Sh*t. If he cudda he wudda. Hes the GOAT but he had his time and didnt score 100 so how can he say what he cud do today. Like somebody said guys are bigger faster stronger and more athletic. There is more weight training and the game has evolved. No disrespect but im not buying it.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Tell me something I don’t know, Money.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    ALL THE 80′S BABIES CAN ATTEST THAT THIS NBA IS SOFT COMPARED TO THE GRIMY PLAY OF THE 80′S AND EARLY 90′S.MJ IN HIS PRIME WITH THE WAY THEY CALL THE GAME TODAY SCORING 100 ISN’T OUTSIDE OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY. HE WOULD SPEND 48 MINUTES AT THE FREE THROW LINE. KOBE WENT OFF FOR 81 SO YOU THINK A STRONGER, FASTER, MEANER, MORE EFFICIENTLY DEADLY VERSION-MJ, COULDN’T SCORE 19 MORE THAN THAT? I THINK HE COULD, 38/40 FROM THE LINE, 8/14 FROM 3PT LAND, 19/26 FROM THE FIELD. WHEN YOU SEE THE NUMBERS YOU SEE ITS VERY POSSIBLE.

  • JTaylor21

    For real if MJ didn’t come close to doing it before what the HELL makes him think he could do it now. People especially MJ fanatics like to claim that Wilt wouldn’t be able to put up the kind of numbers he did in the 60s today, well in that case MJ wouldn’t be able to drop 100 or come close to it today. MJ is an all-time great but I’m getting tired of everybody acting like dude has untouchable out there. He’s NOT the Goat, not dropping 100 and needs to keep his mouth shut. Your time is up, stop trying to relieve your glory days.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Jordan wouldnt put up a hundred. sorry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Don’t let your man-crush on Jordan fool you people.. Along with his own humongous ego.. 100 is ridiculous even for the great Air Jordan

  • http://google c_cantrell

    man u ppl are crazy there is no way in hell that mj could drop 100 on todays leage.. no way.. ok mj lovers? yal hear me? no damn way. im a huge mj fan n yeah the dude is the best to ever play the game but he still couldnt drop 100 in the now.. he couldnt then n he couldnt now

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Mike stay talking out his neck.
    Fall back son. Your time is past.
    Y’all arguing over a hypothetical based on a video game conversation. Bananas

  • Exile

    I can see it…. but I wouldn’t guarentee it. Kobe did go off for 81, but it doesn’t mean he will again. MJ probably COULD drop 100 in today’s game… but we’ll never know. You have to have a GREAT night against a horrible team defence, and anyone can have an off night… even when you are playing against the Raps matador defence.

  • Lantern2814.5

    Pre-championship, ball-hogging Mike, the one who dropped 63 on the Celtics in playoffs, the one who was taking hard knocks from the Bad Boys, playing in today’s rules, definitely would be able to score a 100 in today’s game. Especially against a scrub team, like the Cavs of this year, or the Clips. The late 80′s Jordan was in his athleteic prime & at the peak of the ball-hogging phase of his career, plus the rules were more physical then & the East was stacked w/ great defensive playoff teams like the Celts, Pistons, Knicks.

  • Robb

    It’s very possible. And people, please understand the message behind this, he said he could have scored 100 or would have fouled out. He’s actually criticizing NBA’s new rules. Are you reading J-MAC? “he had his time and he didn’t score 100″ exactly you moron, in his time like you said, defenses were harder and rules allowed more contact. Dumars said once it would have been impossible to stop MJ with today’s rules.

    And JTaylor shut up. You didn’t watch MJ play, and you didn’t watch basketball before 1997, it’s obvious. And stop that “child please” crap, you look even stupider every time you say it. Who do you think you are Chad Ochocinco?

  • Lantern2814.5

    Don’t forget the basketball IQ, MJ definitely has his and would really know how to bait defenses into fouling him, especially being aware of how less physical the rules are.

  • Lantern2814.5

    Maybe someone should ask Kobe, Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, KG, Joe Smith, Shaq, just a bunch of guys drafted in the mid-90′s that still play now, maybe they can attest that even as recently as back then the league was more physical compared to now.

  • Statik

    Just WOW…some of you guys really need to go back to elementary school and take the “reading comprehension” course all over again. Obviously, MJ was attesting to the fact that the NBA has created a realm of high offensive productivity by making rules that make it easier for players to score; therefore, seeing as individual players have benefited from this and have been able to score such high numbers on a regular basis, he could contrast how much harder it was to score in parts of his era and come to the conclusion that he could get to 100. I watched bball then and I can tell you most of those teams had no mercy on great scorers and would gladly employ a guy to use his 6 hard fouls to put a bruising on the competition, which the refs did not give them flagrants or techs for. Nowadays, you touch a guy too long, give just a little too much body contact, or make a guy upset and you get hit with a whistle. How about we just give it up and say Kobe could go for 100 if he were allowed to go off in his prime? Would you question his logic, seeing as he has gotten the closest? So why doubt somebody who in his prime had even better numbers regularly against fiercer (i.e. angrier, nastier, meaner – not necessarily better) competition? Players now are much more advanced physically and could play just as hard and unrelenting as their predecessors, but Darth Stern has made it so they’re handcuffed to boost what the fans want – scoring and stat numbers. Obviously you can’t please everybody’s opinions, but looking from a strictly basketball perspective, its altogether possible, whether you like his answer or not.

  • kabelion

    Jordans on that kryptonite. He never would have scored 100, he couldn’t crack 70, even in the 90′s during the time when he got every single call known to man and they changed the rules to help him score. He was the only guy on his team shooting in the 80′s and his high was what, 63? Delusional. Stop feeding this over-rated ball hogs ego. He was never that good and if he got the kind of treatment that Drexler got then or even Kobe gets now, they would be honestly saying that Oscar Robertson was the greatest guard to ever play and that Wilt was the greatest player ever. He dominated his era. He was that much better than everyone else. He would have dominated today. He would have gotten 100 today, provided he played for a coach who’d feed him the ball.

    And anyone doubting Wilt’s record, he shot 30+ freethrows that game and made 80% of em. It wasn’t just scoring in the paint, he scored, period. And he got hacked every game.

  • JTaylor21

    Robb, no I’m not Ocho Cino but you can call me Veinti Uno from now on. Capiche!!

  • Lantern2814.5

    Today’s players seem more athletic, but they are less physical than their predecessors… maybe thats how it balances out, who knows…

  • Robb

    It’s capisce!!!

  • http://www.myczechrepublic.com SAB

    look, let’s make this clear. he was saying that to promote a game, true. and he never came close, cos he was a great team player and he did what was necessary for his team. but when he started out, if 86/87 Jordan had been playing in the NBA these days, and was really feeling it one night and gunning, he probably coulda done it. i’m surprised you think otherwise, Allenp.

  • JTaylor21

    ^Sorry Luca Brasi.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^SAB..
    dude jus shut up u have no logic at all

  • Robb

    hahaha

  • http://soulbanger.tumblr.com tapion786

    he would have done it.

  • http://bulls.com Harry Twatter

    Of course he could! Defenses aren’t as aggressive( or abusive) and they watch the hand checking.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    u ppl really are morons

  • The D Train

    “The other rule was, any time he went by you, you had to nail him. If he was coming off a screen, nail him. We didn’t want to be dirty—I know some people thought we were—but we had to make contact and be very physical.” – Chuck Daly in SI re: the Jordan Rules. This was later imposed in a similar fashion by the Riley-led Knicks in the early 90′s. For someone like JTaylor to try and convince anyone who watched the NBA in the late 80′s-to-early 90′s that today’s NBA is not softer is straight crazy. If you touch Kobe or Lebron you are getting a foul called. Hand-checking is not allowed. If a foul even remotely appears to be hard, you’re looking at a flagrant foul call, an ejection, or both. MJ even says in the quote that he would foul out because he was so physical. That’s the way the game was officiated and played versus the game we have today. JTaylor makes his crazy comments and we all try to debate with a guy that simply goes into every post on the Slam site and spouts sh1t that may or may not incite someone. It’s what he does. Pay him no mind. He’s not worth it.

  • MF

    The GOAT

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Let joey graham play d on mike all game with no double teams or any sort of help defense, no handchecking, and mike could have done it.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^d train..
    jus who are u?

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    I think he could do it. The Knicks and Pistons used to beat the p*ss out of him on every drive. If he could score 35 a night in that environment I’m pretty sure if he was gunning for it, 100 wouldn’t be out of the question. If anyone could do it Mike could. Jtaylor is the stupidest person to frequent these boards in a lonnnnng time.

  • http://facebook.com B-Moore

    He could do it. People telling him he can’t? I’m half waiting to see Jordan put on a Bobcats Jersey and give it a go….

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    While I’m as big a Jordanaire as some of you here, I think it’s highly unlikely that he can achieve this feat.
    to think of this feat realistically, let’s look at kobe’s 81 point stat line:
    28/46 FG (that’s 60.9%)
    7/13 3FG
    18/20 FT
    kobe played 42 minutes in this game, took about half the shots the Lakers team attempted, and provided 2/3 of the final score of the night. so I’m not exactly what Mike can improve on to get to the 100 point mark. i mean, making 20 more free throws? Mike will literally have to attempt a shot every trip down the court. logistically it’s just not possible, even if he’s able to abuse today’s “softer” rules.
    then again, I’ll never count against Mike.

  • Joe

    If Jordan could have scored 100, he would have. He played for over a decade in the league, against all sorts of teams. If he didn’t crack 70 then, I doubt he’d do so now.

  • http://www.wimp.com/selfteaching/ Toni Kukoc

    word!

  • JTaylor21

    @Bryan, I’m very far from stupid because I’m NOT a member of the MJ’s the GOAT Cult that’s why people love to HATE me. The name on my jersey should read “They Hate Me”.

  • Justin

    I would like some of what kabelion is smoking. The WHOLE POINT is what he could do now, in a less constricting game for offensive players. Of course he wasn’t doing it in the 90′s. That was the era that the referees let you get away with glorified mugging before putting a technical on you.

    Did you know that Wilt was a 50% free throw shooter and the night he scored his 100 he somehow pulled out a miracle 28 of 32 from the line. Don’t make it like he did it on a nightly basis. Wilt would never have been able to score the same way in today’s NBA because he wouldn’t be allowed to plant himself under the hoop. He also would have had guys like Shaq and Hakeen throw that weak ass finger roll the hell out of there.

  • The Philosopher

    Agree with Justin om some points about Wilt…

  • Mr. Robinson

    Taylor: I dont hate u but u still dumb as hell.
    non credibility ass

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    No that’s not why people think you’re stupid, it’s actually because of every single thing you ever have said on this website. You have not ever said anything that can be even remotely considered intelligent. You belong on the Dime website, seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    Also Mike once attempted 23 free throws in a HALF, so the free throws are not that far fetched either.

  • JTaylor21

    ^^Alright Einstein. Of course you’re the smart one thinking that someone could do something that only ONE other person accomplished 50 freaking years ago. Boy you smart, where did you get your edumacation Devry?

  • hammer

    I just don’t get sum of the people here that say mj couldn’t do it. This makes me think that the only time they saw mj play was as a wizard. With the rule changes,especially eliminating the had check rule,mj would have gone off! Mayb a couple times even. Mj would have feasted on 2days defenses…And its a fact,its not even debatable,the L is softer. 2days “flagarant foul” would b just a regular foul back then. And a regular foul 2day wouldn’t even get called back then a lot of the times. “Play on!” The L has been sissified,sorry 2 say. I luv the L,but its the truth…MJ. The goat.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I was going to roll my eyes at this but I like the fact that he recognized he could just as easily foul out. I’ll acknowledge that he could score 100 under the same circumstances as Kobe’s 81-ptr (today’s whistles, crummy teammates, weak opposing players, stubborn opposing coach). However, if he played one season today in his prime, I can see him averaging around 40 points but I see his biggest stat boost coming from the dimes category.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think he’s a tad bit jealous of Wilt’s record. No offense. Which is why Wilt is the GOAT.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ freddy lloyd calling Wilt’s 100 point game “crappy.” Wow. Bill Simmons is ONLY the #1 Wilt Chamberlain h@ter in the world, you know… No big.

  • jdubbs29

    Jordan said it to Tex Winters after Tex told him to share the ball: “There’s no I in team” Said Jordan, “yeah, but there’s an I in WIN” Give Jordan the 100, he gets there easy.

  • RobbieJay

    alot of you guys failed english in high school im guessing?

  • tomtom

    All i’m going to say is Kobe couldn’t score 100 today and i think its pretty undeniable (as a Michael fan btw) that Kobe has surpassed MJ offensively, not as a player but on the offensive end. That’s coming from someone who has seen and been a huge fan of both in there prime.

    P.S. RobbieJay ‘alot’ is not a word. Also sentences should begin with an upper case letter. Your sentence structure leaves ‘alot’ to be desired also. I’m just saying, while your looking down on the rest of us.

  • JTaylor21

    tomtom, Kobe has surpassed MJ offensively? REALLY though COME ON MAN, you must not really be an MJ fan because even someone like myself that’s probably the only person apart from The Philo that thinks he’s NOT the goat wouldn’t say that sh*t.

  • Ghost

    Before I changed my name…

    S.Man Posted: Jun.18 at 8:37 pm
    Hey Quis, you know those soft hand-checking fouls nowadays? Yeah, Jordan would capitalize on every. single. one.

    can’t say I didn’t say so.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jordan was ruthless. If he wanted to do it he could have. He dropped 63 in the GARDEN….WITHOUT a legitamate JUMPSHOT. in his SECOND SEASON. GTFOH he couldn’t drop 100, there was zone defense, no 3 second defense in the paint bs, there was handchecking, (in boston there was more then just handchecking but we’re talking rules here) and michael hadn’t yet started getting his pamper treatment from the referees at that point in his career. allen what you said is baffling, your smarter then that. just look at what the dude did in a completely different era, where the pace may have been a little “faster” but defense was the reason. Defense was the driving force behind everything pre-jordan and it was even more dead after iverson went to the finals….more evidence by phoenix and steve nash’s success in this decade. Jordan could have dropped 100, he could have averaged over 40. But I don’t think he would have the same amount of success in this era, championship wise.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    sorry for spelling errors for all you sticklers out there. ya’ll are funny

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am not saying defense died to win championships that may have sounded confusing. I was saying offensive output in regular season games comes easier in this era. The playoffs is a whole nother ball game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    frankly though I would rather have Magic Johnson to build a team around. or Larry Bird, Bill Russel, probably (even though this will be the scorn of most people’s little hearts) even lebron to build a team around then Jordan. simply because of the quality of leaders and teammates they were/are. (if pete maravich played in this day and age i think he could have approached 100 also – given that he was “let loose”)

  • Conoro

    He played in a Man-on-Man era. This is a Zone era that has been realized to its fullest potential.

    /Jordan definitely could have reached 70-85. Not 100. Not a consistently good outside shooter.

    /For all of those who say that it was “so much harder” to score in the Jordan/Hakeem/Malone era: Why was it that you had guys dropping 60 and 70-point games MUCH more frequently than they do in this era? Higher overall PPG averages.

    /If you play basketball, you’d welcome the handchecking contact as an offensive player opposed to having to beat one guy, then face three more. Get real, please.

  • Conoro

    Overall PPG’s for individual’s. Centers, Guards, Forwards… collectively.

  • Conoro

    *Higher PPG for individual players. Guards, Forwards, and Centres collectively.

  • JTaylor21

    How can people talk about how much better defenses were in the 80s when teams regularly scored in the high 120s. Go back and watch every final game during the 80s (even the LA vs DET finals were in the high 110s) and you will see that teams were looking to score first. Also winning 50 games and losing in the second round of the playoffs every year ala PHX does NOT equal success. There is only one team that is successful at the end of each season while the other 29 were failures. Great defensive teams like the 05 Det, 07 SAS, 08 Celts are the ones that are winning chips nowadays, so don’t act defense has taking a back seat and offensive minded teams are the ones thriving.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Conoro I give you defensive three seconds – which changed the concept of many zone defenses, which is why it is now coming BACK around.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    As a big MJ fan, I actually never thought of him scoring a hundred. But thinking of it.. there IS a possibility. So as long as there is a possibility there’s a chance that it could happen. Not “definitely” but “could be”. Put a prime MJ in the same situation with Kobe that night against Toronto and imo there’s a HUGE chance MJ could’ve done it.

  • Conoro

    Also, Bryant only scored out of necessity in that 81 game. He “only” had 26 in the first half and needed to get into a more lethal mindset to get those terrible Lakers out of an 18-point hole.

    /It is all based on circumstance. Don’t act as though there weren’t games that Jordan didn’t want to score the other team to death. If he couldn’t get 100 in a Man-On-Man era when he STILL got 20-25 free throws some nights, he could NOT do today.

    /Like I said, he could still have scored 70-80 given specific circumstance.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Once again the pace was faster. Which era had more turnovers? And it wasn’t just the best players that had better numbers as conoro pointed out, everyone did. The frequency of 40, 50, 60 point games would be higher in a faster pace. Who had the highest game of that era? Michael (69), has it gotten higher for individuals as offense becomes more a focus? lets see. next david robinson in like 1994 (72) and then we get to Kobe in 2006 (81). think about it

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jordan could score 100, nobody said who would be your teammates? would it be out of necessity? those aren’t part of the equation. its about whether or not he could do it. and he undoubtedly could have in this era

  • Conoro

    Regardless, nbk, it is what it is. Just two seasons ago, the Boston Celtics had what many were calling arguably the best defense of all time (along with the Pistons and Bulls). It’s a matter of circumstance and like I said, Michael Jordan was more than capable of doing it. But he didn’t, and he certainly could not now. So it is essentially a waste of time. Goodnight, sir.

  • Conoro

    Necessity is obviously a requisite part of the question, nbk…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And like I said, defense is still the key to championships. But not to the regular season, the league front office, or even regular season success. and individual are so glorified in the internet age, jordan would have relished in breaking chamberlain’s record like kobe callin out shaq on who has more rings.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no conoro it isn’t. if jordan just wanted to do it, out of GREED, then necessity is out of the question.

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  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    Teddy: I doubt that it’s Wilts record the Goat is envious of, considering that it’s the Kobe era Micheal was refering to. 81 (don’t Kidd yourself) IS rediculouse, But 100?…I find it amusing that many are willing to just buy it cause Jordan said it. The goat did allot of things better than anyone before or after him, but was never in the ballpark of 100. Not against the worst of defenses that he played against. Sure Defenses were more physical, but can anyone honestly name another player that ever got calls the way MJ did? The fact is Jordan never scored 80…

  • bdub

    Sorry JTaylor21 the logic is sound. As the other commentators stated if Kobe can hit 81 then Jordan would go close based on the fact he is a slightly better player than him. Given the right system and cicumstance (playing a team with mud defence/MJ feeling it) it could happen. Would he regurlarly hit 100. NO WAY. However, achieving the mark once is not out of the question.
    @JTaylor, I would recommend thinking before you post. You are often on point, however you often aren’t.
    @Allen P:
    Is he egotistical – Yes
    Is he struggling to let go – Yes
    IS this argument Hypothetical – Yes
    Can a strong argument be made to say that he could score 100 in todays league – Yes

  • Harlem_World

    I’m convinced people who never saw Jordan in his prime have NO idea how quick he was. One of the areas he destroys Kobe (amongst many others) is his quickness and strength. His first step was among the quickest of ALL TIME and his explosion after he planted his feet was unguardable, which is why he dunked on people so much (he gets to the rim quicker than a defender can physically compete with). Hand checking was the only way to stay anywhere close to MJ in his prime. Nowadays? Wow. As many have said, if his goal was to get 100 to prove a point, you’d be crazy to bet against it happening. Add all the physical and technical skills to the most competitive will to win in all of sports (which is why he can’t be quiet about this stuff, even now) and you’ve got your 100.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Who does this guy think he is? Talking like Michael effing Jordan out there.

  • JTaylor21

    You also have to take into account the style of pace was way faster during the 80s than it is today. If MJ couldn’t do it in an era where teams were easily in the high 120s and sometimes got into 130s there’s NO way he does it today. Teams today take less shots and prefer to walk the ball up the court therefore reducing the amount of shots each player gets. Also during Kobe’s 81pt gm, he made 7 3pts to Wilt’s 0, but he took 15 less shots and 12 less FTs. It goes to show that style of pace has A LOT to do with scoring that many points.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Apparently my comment seemed out of place.
    Look, I remember when Wilt would randomly show up at the All-Star game at 50 and talk about how he could still dominate the leauge and score 20 and 10 easily. It was tiring.
    Now, Jordan didn’t seek out this spotlight directly, but by taking money to build an entire game around pretending to be him, well let’s just say he knows how to protect his brand as the GOAT.
    Saying “I would score 100″ when you never truly developed a three point shots is funny to me. Kobe hit SEVEN threes and if you watched the game he wasn’t even ridiculously hot like when he made 12 or 13 threes. Mike hit six threes against Portland, but everybody knows that was a freaking anomaly.
    Bottom line, 100 ain’t no joke, even without handchecking and with the new foul rules.
    Finally, it’s stupid to be arguing over some random hypothetical that we really can’t prove and that is just another in a long line of arguments about exactly how great Jordan was. You really can’t have a sensible discussion about this because the cult and myth of Jordan has so dominated popular perception.
    That’s what I was trying to say with my earlier comment.

  • jay cutler

    love to see the kobe nut huggers out here in full force hating on the GOAT. if kobe could score 81 on the vaunted raptor defense (you know with the “kobe rules” they were using and all) I’m pretty sure MJ in his prime could drop 100 on some NBA team today.

  • bdub

    ^
    Damn thats flawed logic. So your saying if you replaced Jordan (With Jordan feeling it) with Kobe in the game against the raptors (Both at similar points in their career). Jordan wouldn’t have a chance?

  • menalaus

    the sad part about this ‘debate’ is that tim grover, joe dumars, larry brown, and even phil have come out and said MJ could average 45+ easy in today’s guard friendly (putting it mildly) league.

    and yet we have TEAM KOBE here telling us that MJ in his prime couldn’t do it even if he put his mind to it. when were yall born again? 1999?

  • bdub

    @Allen P: Agreed regarding Jordans ego and legacy protection. But Kobes 81 was also an anomaly so to say Jordan couldn’t have an anomaly of his own seems bizzarre. His FTA would be through the roof in todays league IMO.
    Anyway it is a pointless debate. i just cant see how you could write of the possibility.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    He said “could” Allen “could” have scored 100 not would have

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    90% of the things discussed on here are hypotheticals or “non sensible” opinions. Kobe vs Lebron , Lebron vs racism, Lebron’s competitive edge vs the competitive edge of superstars past. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, arguing stuff that you’re passionate about that you may not be able to prove but you just KNOW.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Allens been on point with every topic for about a month now. Today, dudes showing his as$. I’m surprised by it, to be honest.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    So what your saying is monta Ellis Stephen curry david lee andris biedrins and dorell weight would be even in the same defensive hemisphere as any team Jordan scored 60+ against? Child please

  • JMac

    I’m a huge MJ fan, but if you didn’t do it in your time, there’s no way you can say you can do it now. I love MJ, but it’s an endless point. Wilt did 100. Mike didn’t. That doesn’t take away anything he has done anyway.

  • JTaylor21

    Damn, EBoy just because he’s NOT a willing passenger in the “MJ would score 100 train” means he’s showing his a**. AllenP was right when he talked about not being able to have a sensible discussions regarding MJ because the media built him up to untouchable heights creating a mythical/god-like figure.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I ain’t showing my @ss, I just disagree with y’all that it’s a given that he “could” have dropped 100.
    Just because Kobe dropped 81 doesn’t mean Jordan could have scored 19 more because he’s better than Kobe.
    It just doesn’t at least not in mind.
    It’s not like the interviewer asked Jordan if he could have scored 100, I would understand if Mike said “Yeah, I think I could have.”
    Nah, Mike just threw out the fact that given today’s League 100 would have been well within is grasp after being asked how the game has changed. It just feels lame to me. Nobody can prove this, but all Jordan’s cult members are willing to kill people who suggest it couldn’t, or probably wouldn’t have happened. (I can’t say “couldn’t” because I think think Kobe would have or could have scored 81. The number is just that fantastic to me.)
    It’s crazy that everybody is so certain, but the basic argument breaks down to “Mike shot a lot of free throws. And he’s better than Kobe.”
    That ain’t exactly the most in-depth examination of the issue.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen – “It’s not like the interviewer asked Jordan if he could have scored 100, I would understand if Mike said “Yeah, I think I could have.”
    Nah, Mike just threw out the fact that given today’s League 100 would have been well within is grasp after being asked how the game has changed. It just feels lame to me. Nobody can prove this, but all Jordan’s”

    From michael jordan’s response ” “I could have scored 100 points.” That is obviously what he thinks since he isn’t able to try. so he doesn’t have to say “i think i could have scored 100,” saying “I could have” is the same. And Kobe scored 62 in less then 3 full quarters against dallas a week before the 81, it wasn’t an “anomoly.”

    And like i said earlier, i am not a member of the jordan cult, i named other players i would rather build a team around. but realistically, if he wanted to, against this years toronto or golden state team, 100 would have been attainable. it might’ve taken more a few “tries” but he “could” have done it.

  • slick ric

    @tomtom, boy what the hell you talking about.

  • flipnoyce

    Jordan could have done it without a doubt. If he can score 40 plus points with a flu then what can he not do.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    People are gonna kill me over this but…
    Kobe’s superior jumpshot made it easier for him to score 100.
    Everyone says Jordan could just drive his way to 100, but driving makes you tired. Shooting jumpshots is easy. At the end, Kobe was just walking up and shooting threes.
    Sorry, I just don’t see it.

  • http://www.nbaballhog.wordpress.com God in Basketball Shoes

    The comments on this thread have proven that most of Slam’s readers are young with a limited perspective on the past. The difference between Wilt and Jordan and the translation of their abilities to the present is obvious. First, Wilt was a giant of a man competing against centres much smaller than him. Put him in the League today and he would actually be considered undersized and would not be able to dominate as he did. Simple. Unlike Wilt, young Jordan’s game would improve if transported to today’s League. With no handchecking he would beat his man at will and with in-air fouls being called as they are, young Jordan would be averaging 15-20 free throws a game. Anyone who disputes this obviously has not watched enough early Jordan. I think he would have a shot at 100 if in the L today. The only person more selfish than Kobe was Jordan.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Also, I mean… I don’t get the logic that because MJ is better than Kobe, he could score 19 more points.
    To my knowledge, it’s pretty plain to see that Kobe and Jordan were on par offensively. Jordan was a better rebounder, passer, defender.. that’s why Jordan is a better player. Do people really think Jordan was a 19-point better player than Kobe? I don’t. I really, really don’t.
    Sorry, I’m a big proponent on Jordan being noticeably better than Kobe, but that has NOTHING to do with buckets. If the only thing I had to do was score on one-on-five possessions, there are some days I’d pick Kobe over Jordan.

  • http://www.nbaballhog.wordpress.com God in Basketball Shoes

    Jukai – out of interest, when did you start watching basketball and actually understand it, not just a kid watching with his dad or something?

    Also, Kobe scored his 81 when he had the physical gifts and the maturity to truly understand the nuances of the game. When was Jordan at this phase of his career? When he was playing baseball. We either have young athletic jordan, or mature Jordan posting up on the wings. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see more of the inbetween Jordan, circa ’93

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Michael Jordan did spend entire stretches of games driving to the basket. Intact here’s a quote from Tim Grover “with the way refs call games now and all the padding these guys wear Michael would average 40 or 50 a night if he wanted.” Grover trained Kobe before he went out and averaged 36 he trains LeBron. Michael was physically far superior to kobe bryant and was a much more dangerous offensive threat. Jukai are you crazy? Look at jordans numbers he averaged more points on a higher % shooting in every comparable year but the 36ppg season except Michael had a more impressive 37ppg year. Against tougher defenses with less rules enabling the offense to get wherever the expletive they want.

  • starky larky

    I think he can even drop 120, with Dwyane Wade on him. O.O

    look, I’m a kid from the 90s and I know my basketball well. This guy gets his ass beat up by teams every single night, but still finds a way to win.

    72-10 anyone?
    5 time MVP?
    6 NBA Championships?
    6 Finals MVPs?
    for a 6-6 guard?
    this guy was basketball itself in my youth!

  • jmat

    this is demented. mike has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. of course he can score 100 in a game, but only if that was a preseason game against 5 wnba players.

    yeah the games are much less physical now coz of the hand check and bump rules. but he couldn’t make it to 100 for 3 reasons:
    1. teams nowadays have a much much slower pace (except the suns, warriors)
    2. defensive schemes today are much more effective. ever wonder why teams today rarely make it to 120pts, unlike the 80′s and early 90′s?
    3. MJ can’t make more than 7 threes in a game

    MJ, you talkin silly

  • arjae828

    wait…people on here actually think the rest of the League has caught up to MJ?! Even in this era he’d be a top 5 athlete (if he were in his prime). Kobe’s not close ! Wade is close but a few inches too short. As gifted as LeBron is, he doesn’t move nearly as fluidly as MJ did. Yall need to go back at watch some MJ clips. Check the game where he dropped 60+ on the Celtics. The play where MJ is on the left baseline, Goes between his leg about four times then pulls up for a wet jumper right in Bird’s grill. LeBron could only dream of moving that fluidly. LeBron could def get 100 at some point in an 82 game season. The clips speak for themselves.

  • arjae828

    i didn’t even mention how they let you carry and travel now !!! MJ would be unstoppable !

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Wow.
    I had a small thesis response to nbk and God in Basketball Shoes and my browser crashed. Jesus.
    I’m sorry guys, you wont get a proper response. No way I’m retyping that. Sorry.
    The only thing I’ll retype is that I laugh at someone questioning my basketball knowledge when they say a 7’2, 275-315 pound man would be ‘undersized’ in today’s league (I’m laughing at you God in Basketball Shoes, incase you don’t know).
    Also, stop mentioning Jordan’s 69 points against the Cavs and his 63 points against the Celtics. Those were overtime and double overtime victories.
    Jordan’s highest output was 61 points in a non-overtime game. Man, I had such a freaking genius take on it, comparing Jordan’s 61 point game to Kobe’s 81 point game, and comparing three point potential for each player and how they operate and how fatigue takes things into effect… christ, it was genius. Sigh, alas, never meant to be.
    I’ll reiterate that I’ll be the first one to state that Jordan is WAY better than Kobe. But I think Jordan’s superiority rests in his far superior passing, his superior rebounding, and his better defense.
    I’ll again reiterate: do people really believe Jordan is 19 points better offensively than Kobe? That’s an honest question.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    MJ may hit 85, 90 in today’s age… the only way MJ would hit 100 points is if he shot 30% and lost the game. And people were fouling the other team to stop the clock.

  • D.Stokes

    Against the Nets or Clippers of today… Dr.J could score 100 next week. Come on lets not be stupid for the sake of being dumb.

  • JoeMaMa

    NBA Offense: Then and Now

    1984-85 2003-04 Change

    Points per game 110.8 93.4 -17.4
    Possessions/game 104.8 92.0 -12.8
    Points/possession 1.05 1.01 -.04
    Field-goal pct. 49.1 43.9 -5.2
    Free-throw pct. 76.4 75.2 -1.2
    3-point pct. 28.1 34.7 +6.6
    Off. Rebound pct. 32.9 28.7 -4.2
    FTA/FGA .330 .303 -.207
    Turnovers/possession .169 .154 -.015

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    If you don’t think that refs favored Jordan and let him get away with travels and carries, you are stupid. Remember the carry rule was caused by The Answer not the GOAT.

  • JoeMaMa

    hmmm. that formatting came out wrong. It said: NBA average scoring in 84/85 was 110.8 ppg/game. In 2003/04, 93.4. People talk about the physicality of the league in the 80s and 90s, but up until the early 90s, the league average for ppg was much higher than it is now. MJ was getting many of his points in the mid and late 80s, though he also got points when the defense of the 90s slowed things down. Basically, the league slowed down more in the early/mid 90s in terms of scoring, despite the belief that handchecking would open the game up. Handchecking was prominently used in the 80s during the high scoring years…showing that only the very best at handchecking were able to make a difference with it (Derek Harper, for one). Kobe came into the league when scoring was low, not high. Anyone who actually has seen 80s games knows how wide open they were. Jordan’s best chance to get 100 came at a time when league scoring was way higher, and during a time when he, personally, was all about scoring. He scored 37ppg when the league scoring average was 110ppg. He had his chance.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Once again Jukai, Jordan was a better more efficient SCORER then Kobe in a stricter, rougher, looser era in basketball. And everyone the pace of the game is not directly related to an individuals output. Like I showed before, personal scoring highs since michael retired have only gone up. David Robinson and his teammates purposefully got him 71 points on the last game of the regular season for him to win the scoring title. You don’t think in a game against the opening night goldenstate warriors 1992-93 mike could score 100 points if he had one of his dominant nights? I’m not saying he would, or without a doubt would have if he played in this generation and i don’t think anyone is crazy enough to guarantee something like that. But COULD he have done it? IMO if he was “feeling it” against the right team, and his teammates recognized the moment then yes without a doubt he COULD have scored 100.

  • JoeMaMa

    @nbk: there were enough nights against brutal teams that allowed 110+ppg. MJ wanted to get records like anyone else, and never let his foot off the gas pedal. There were nights when he demanded the ball everytime down the court. There WERE nights when he was feeling it against the right team, and his teammates DID get him the ball….but apparently not to the tune of 100, 90, 80, or 70. I’m stating facts. I love MJ, but he had about 5 years of his prime scoring years in the ridiculously high scoring, run n gun 80s when he could’ve, and didn’t. Case closed.

  • TP

    Forget all of the stupid Kobe/Jordan arguments.
    Just think about this. Really think about it:

    Mike averaged 37 points per game for 82 games one season (87-88, I think). 100 points is just a little over 2 and half times his average that year.

    Could a guy who average 15 points/game against 80s-90s defense go off for 40 points just once in a game today? It’s possible.

    Could a guy who average 25 points/game against 80s-90s defense go off for 65 points just once in a game today? It’s not impossible.

    Could a 25 year-old Michael Jordan (who average 37 points/game against 80s-90s defense) go off for 100 points just once in a game today?

    Sure.

    Seriously, this is a guy who scored 35 points in the first half of game 1 of the Finals in 1992…and he sat out something like 7 minutes in the 2nd quarter.

    In that half alone, he averaged something like 2 points/min. 48 minute game? 2 points/min? Do the math. It’s 96 points.

    If there is anyone in the history of the game not named Chamberlain who could do it again, it would be a 25 year-old hungry Jordan in the 2010 NBA.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    nbk: No.
    Jordan scored primarily on drives, he functioned closer to the basket. He also took smarter shots, he’d pass instead of taking shots double teamed.
    The former involves tougher, more exhausting shots: when you play pickup games and get tired, do you drive more or shoot more? Kobe is more of a jump shooter which uses up less energy, letting him play at a higher level for a longer period of time.
    The latter means Jordan shot at a higher clip cause he was able to win more games with his passing, which in my opinion is much better than Kobe’s. This will not increase Jordan’s scoring average.
    And people should stop saying “this is the guy who went for 35 points in the first half of a Finals game.” To my knowledge, that’s 70 points total… which is 30 points off the mark… and to my knowledge, the Blazers were probably the weakest defensive team of the five teams Jordan saw in the finals (maybe the Suns were weaker?).

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Once again for the 3rd time, as weird as it sounds defense was the reason for the faster pace. Shots were takin early in the clock, offenses were less complex, it was a take what you get type of game. Mike shot a lot granted but he didn’t shoot as much as everyone makes it seem, he shot right around or over 50% most his career. Look at Kobe. Plus now you have stretch fours (virtually absent from 80′s basketball) which would spread the court even more. Add in the rule changes that have been mentioned countlessly, and the quote from their trainer Tim Grover it’s pretty easy to come to a conclusion that Mike would have a legitimate shot on any established scoring record outside of kareems (due to longevity and big man effectiveness sans athleticism)

  • Kadavour

    ok, did some quick math and research. These #s are rough estimates though, but they paint the picture well enough.
    In the post-handchecking era of basketball there have been 9 60+ single player scoring output games. Those players averaged roughly
    FG: 23/39
    3pt: 7/14
    FT: 17/19
    Handchecking era averages are:
    FG: 28/45
    3pt: 1.5/3
    FT: 16/18
    As you can see, there isn’t much of a disparity in terms of getting to the line, and the shot attempts can be accounted for with possessions per game. the biggest difference is 3pt production with 7 3′s being the average amount needed to reach 60.
    Now Golden State led the league with possessions per games around 103. So assuming MJ played against GS’s atrocious defense, his team able to match GS’ possessions AND they got off a shot on EVERY possession, AND MJ got 60% of the attempts, AND he shoots 50%, AND gets to the line 25 times shooting 100% from there, that gets him abt 85pts.
    If it isn’t obvious, the zone regulations are exactly why we see such a spike in 3pt production in this era vs the handchecking era. While players are afforded the less restrictive perimeter guarding regulations, it is now legal to zone off areas so that penetrators are often faced with a second(oftentimes 3rd)defender who is designed to force pull up and perimeter shots. Simply stated, given the current trend of possessions per game, one would be hard pressed achieving 60+ without using the 3pt line. And given MJ’s 3pt shooting ability and the clip required to score 60+, it really is unfathomable to think that Money could score much more than 60 in today’s game given his style of play. 100 without a solid trey-game is just silly.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai find proof ever that Jordan plays worse the more tired he gets or minutes he plays. There is no logic in your argument, Jordan dominated the defensive juggernaut celtics for essentially 5 quarters after sitting out most of the previous 8 months. He beat Utah with a 103 degree temperature. Once again his and loves trainer Tim Grover said Jordan is in a whole different league then Kobe physically. It’s a joke that your saying he couldn’t have done it, nobody is romanticizing or overexaggerating what he was. Your just taking raw unfiltered statistics that have no barring on individual numbers. And Kobe got his 81 by going to the line he didn’t do it relying on his jumpshot. And mike was streaky if you don’t know your history, just like Kobe. Except when mike was in his scoring prime he was sacrificing individual statistics for te triangle and championships. Because defense was too tough on an individual (Detroit) that said individual had to include his teammates.

  • Kadavour

    I mean, if MJ exploited today’s game to attack the hole there’s no way he scores 100. If he doesn’t, he never had the chops to score from outside and beyond the 3 as would be necessary to produce those gaudy numbers. It’s just not happening.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And kadavour obviously Jordan would have had to have the best game of his career. He did have the ability to shoot – 6 threes in one half vs Portland. That performance against a championship caliber team is proof enough too me that in a different situation circa 992-1995 he could have had a 100 pt game in his own era.

  • JoeMaMa

    People have a misconception about NBA defenses of the 80s/early 90s. The 80s were a golden age of scoring, as I’ve shown. The Early 90s got tougher and scoring went down, but this has been over emphasized because it was being compared to the earlier era. Defense actually stayed at the same level throughout the 90s. In 2000/01, for example, NBA scoring was at 94 ppg. Subsequent seasons were at 95ppg, 95, 93, 97, 97, 98, 100, 100, and 100. Jordan would now be playing in a league with fewer possessions and points. It would be tougher for him to maintain his averages he had in the 80s, even in his prime, though I don’t doubt he could do it. But this cannot be emphasized enough: Jordan played during a time when scoring was HIGH, not low. HIGHER than now. MORE possessions. HIGHER FG%. (2-3 points higher). Does that sound like defenses were BETTER, or WORSE? Know your history. I’m a student of the game. But I also like to teach.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    His and kobes* trainer

  • Armando

    @Eboy.. can’t say I agree with your top 10 list. You’re omitting Frazier, Monroe, Kidd, Cousy and Wade from consideration at least (since yours is a SG AND PG list). How about: 1. Jordan 2. Johnson 3a. Robertson 3b. Bryant 5. West 6. Thomas 7. Stockton 8. Gervin 9. Wade 10. Frazier. HM: Drexler, Iverson, Kidd, Cousy, Nash, Monroe, Miller. Missing the cut: Allen, Richmond, Maravich, Dumars.

  • Armando

    Sorry, forgot Tiny Archibald!

  • Kadavour

    Mitch Richmond? wtf? He isn’t better than prime TMac

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    I don’t think so. Maybe if he really really tried. The rules don’t make it that much easier, if what the old school players are saying were true then Kobe would be like a role player in the 70s. Teams are scoring less today than when Mike was still playing, cause the pace has slowed down. I think they are exaggerating about how it’s easy to score today, especially when people talk about Wilt. I don’t think he could score 20 ppg today. It’s still very tough scoring, they don’t play so fast anymore and not as much free throws. MJ could maybe score a 100 if he had the same kind of night Kobe had when he got 81 and if his only goal was to get a 100 points.

  • Anthony

    Why try to score 100 when you have Luc Longley on your team ?

  • scjustice

    MJ never faced a DOMINANT CENTER in his 6 CHAMPIONSHIP runs in the FINALS.

    Would he beat the ROCKETS with a PRIME HAKEEM OLAJUWON?

  • Anthony
  • KROD

    If Mike played against the Bobcats he could definitely score a 100pts…maybe 200!

  • KB8toSG8

    Missed the entire thread. Damn, I was too late. Anyways, for all the guys who think MJ can get 100…..3pt shooting. Before the 3pt-line was brought closer by 2 feet (to put it in context, Ron-Ron would’ve had the best 3pt shooting percentage :P ) was a terrible 28%. That’ll never bring you 100pts MJ. Never. Keep playing your videogames in which you can score easily even from 3pt land (My biggest gripe with 2k11…Jordan=God)

  • lazaruz

    so damn arrogant. dont understand why the media all over his d. wow. he is an a hole and had his teammates give up facets of ther game so he could do his thing………

  • smooth

    i dont think mj would score a 100 points in a game but i think he would average close to the fourties and be the best player in nba. but if lbj would quit acting like a bad ass shooter and atack the rim more often then he lbj would have alot of 60 point games when he played for cavs.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au/ Eduardo

    yeah he could have done it with todays style of play… this was a guy that averaged 37.1 points per game in a season.

  • smooth

    i dont know i just dont think he can do it even though the dfence was alot tougher back then but 100 points doesnt seem believable in this time

  • JoeMaMa

    Good lord, people, read my comments again. Scoring was up to 15ppg higher as a league average in the 80s and early 90s. Think about that. Jordan’s best scoring years came in this period of wide open, running basketball.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Personally, I think it’s hilarious when jtaylor rants and beefs about the 80′s… Yet he wasn’t alive in the 80′s to experience anything first hand. Your credibility on anything prior to 2005 is sh+t kid, put the keyboard away. With the ref’s in Mike’s pocket and the increased sensitivity of what a foul is considered to be, Mike could have scored 100 easy in my opinion. Please don’t comment if you weren’t around for it though, it gets too silly around here.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Boston_Blogger Boston_Blogg3r

    Y’all realized he dropped 50 at 40, right?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Boston_Blogger Boston_Blogg3r

    Jordan in ’87 could have dropped 100 on 2006 defenses. That’s a really theoretical and conditional statement, but it’s also a very true one. Dude averaged over 37 points per, against tough and physical defenses. And to counter-argue the “3-point shot” point: MJ would LIVE at the free-throw line, because he played a game closer to the basket. He also had moves and knew how to finish after a foul.

  • bakers’-dozen

    David Thompson scored 79 as a 6’4″ guard with the Nuggets when the league was it’s MOST physical. The 70′s were harsh. If HE played today with those rules, he probably woudl have dropped 100 as well.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK
    I’m going to leave the 100 debate alone. Just wanted to note this.
    Jordan shot a lot. Look at his shot attempts. They dwarf Kobe’s. I think Mike has like two seasons with over 2,000 shots attempted. That’s an astronomical amount of shots.

  • KB8toSG8

    @Boston Blogger

    43 Points in 18-30 From the Field shooting at 60% FG in 43 minutes at Age 40, 10 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 4 Steals, 1 Block 7-8 FT shooting at 87% FT

    Hmmmm…..he played for 43 min and shot 60% from the field. He played for 43 minutes!!! Do you honestly think that the old MJ could actually almost triple his productivity in the same time?!?! You my friend, need to think clearly.

    Same argument I made at dime mag.

  • http://ijustwantmynametolookbig.com Chukaz

    jordan’s feelin himself too much. He’s da lebron of his generation. 2guards were da size of pg durin his best days. think about it. jordan was a beast physically n he was 6’6 210. now a days that ain’t shit. baron davis is 4 inches shorter than that n he’s 30 lbs heavier. every sg in da league is mike’s size. in todays league he couldn’t averege 25 a game.

  • yaboy316

    bs

  • smooth

    david who yeah go back in that time and find how many 6’4 players there were not much even though the L didnt have 3 point line the d was weak all you had to do was run through there and lay it up

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen for his career yes he shot a boatload more shots then Kobe, but per game as the focal point of the offense they were right about even. FE in Kobe’s 35.4ppg season he shot 27 shot attempts a game. Michael averaged 37 on the same number of attempts. The best shooting % of Kobe Bryants career is 46.8%, that’s lower then michaels average career shooting % (49.7) by 2.9%. MJ and Kobe are not really comparable, Jordan’s career scoring average is higher then Kobe’s 3rd best season, and Michael played 2 seasons at the age of 38 and 39 after taking 3+ years off. The chances of mj scoring 100 in this day and age are very very low, but was it possible?

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: if you believe that driving to the basket isn’t more physically exhausting than taking jump shots, we’re done with this conversation.
    Kobe scored 81 mostly on jump shots and three pointers. Jordan has a more driving based oriented game. And yeah, Jordan scored 63 points on one of the toughest defenses in the history of the NBA, but it took him 2 extra quarters to get there.
    One again, Jordan’s highest scoring output was 61 in regulation, and he shot worse than Kobe and missed every single three pointer he took. Kobe and Jordan also took the same amount of free throws.
    So, really, it’s just not possible.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai jordan dropped 35 in one half against portland, hit 6 threes. Its not impossible. And I was saying that Jordan could and did spend entire games driving to the basket. Not that it isn’t more exhausting. The fact that your saying it’s impossible is stupid. Dejuan Wagner scored 100 points in less than a full game in HS, if Jordan was feeling it and his team actively got him shots and helped get him open, in todays nba 100 is not IMPOSSIBLE. saying it is, is stupid – to say a player would definately have a 100 point game, or saying they could get 100 without actively pursuing it makes perfect sense, but to say its impossible just because Jordan didn’t have monster scoring games after 1990. If Kobe never scored 81 or 62 against dallas he wouldn’t even be in this conversation, and ya’ll would be saying him outscoring Jordan’s 69 or Robinsons 71 would be impossible. what’a joke, coming to a definitive answer on a hypothetical situation.

  • Justin

    JoeMaMa…there’s a flaw in your thinking though about how MJ had his chance in the scorer’s era of the 80′s. He only came into the league in ’83, missed most of ’84 and didn’t come into his physical prime until the late 80′s, early 90′s when the league WAS slowing down and becoming a LOT more physcial. You take ’89-92 Jordan, who took a pounding every night and still scored over 30 a night, in a system where Phil was preaching team play THROUGH Jordan and put that guy in a system like Phoenix and tell me he can’t go off for 100? Really? I also think people are underestimating how much the handcheck rule would have effected this. Nobody could guard him while handchecking. What makes you think they could guard him without that extra little help?
    @Jukai…In his prime, when did you ever see Michael tire? He didn’t. That was another thing that amazed his opponents, that no matter how much he was shooting or minutes played, the man did not get tired. He willed himself to keep going. And it’s not just that he played offense too, because he was determined to shut down his guy too which he did a lot more often than not.
    Whoever said Michael, when compared to Kobe’s 81 pt. game, couldn’t ever hit 7 3′s in a game apparently never saw the 6 in a half against Portland. He barely played the second half or you could have booked a bunch more that night

  • Justin

    What you guys should do is go to YouTube and type in Hoopsencyclopedia. Pick a game, because he has many and just watch in awe of what he could do. Then put him in today’s game.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK
    Look at how many times Jordan exceeded 1,900 shot attempts in a season and then look at Kobe’s numbers. Even as leading men, it’s not that close. I checked this out the other day and was shocked.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh and NBK
    Aren’t you coming to a definitive answer as well?
    You’re saying it’s definitely possible. Scratch that, you’re saying it’s definitely probable.
    Jukai is saying it’s neither probable nor possible.
    Your both making definitive determinations.
    I told y’all from jump its dumb to expend this much energy on this topic. Yes, I know that’s why we come to SLAM, but for people to be calling each names and questioning their intelligence about something that is as hypothetical as this, man that’s a big much.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    No team would let anyone score 100. They would put all five guys on MJ and let others score. These guys do have dignity you know.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I also read on HOOPSWORLD that is was believed that Wilts 100 was pre-conceived even before the game began because teammates passed up open shots to let Wilt score and even sacrificed winning the game to let him score 100. Kobe’s 81 was full of shots that only he would take and make.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It is definitely possible. I never said probable no chance. Possible is not definitive wtf are you talking about? Impossible definitive / can’t happen. Possible – not definitive – it doesn’t imply probable either. And once again you don’t shoot an entire careers worth of shot attempts in a single game, Jordan took less shots to score more points then Kobe throughout his whole entire career. (meaning he shot at a higher % was more efficient and effective). Acting like dude couldn’t buy a 3 even though we all know he was a streak shooter is just grasping at bs. I understand it’s not likely he would even approach 81 let Alone 100 but it isnt impossible

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think calling Jordan a “streaky” three pointer shooter is going a little too far.
    Jordan shoots threes like Wade shoots threes. Neither of them is on Kobe’s level.
    Yes both Wade and Jordan can get hot, but it rarely happens from 3.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well considering we aren’t taking about averaging 100 or averaging anything. We know if he got hot he could light up a scoreboard even from 3. And we are hypothetically talking about his best possible game.

  • barnabusb

    MJ doubters need to go watch his Bulls play the Pistons in 88 and 89 playoffs. He got BEATEN DOWN but still couldn’t be denied most of the time. Watch a full me and you’ll see it was totally different back then.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 Jackie Moon

    What’s funny is that IF Lebron and Kobe had played in different eras, some people would be here saying that “LEBRON WOULD HAVE SCORED 100 IF HE PLAYED AGAINST THE DEFENSES KOBE FACED”… Lebron Max Reg Season Pts, 56 … MJ Max Reg Season Pts, 69 … Kobe Max Reg Season Pts, 81 …

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    guys, please check Kadavour’s comment at 4:16 am. that should explain why jordan getting 100 probably wouldnt happen

  • T-Money

    Jukai: You’re overstating MJ’s penchant for dribble-drives. In his second three peat he was basically posting up from midrange and shooting fade aways the whole game. That doesn’t require as much effort as driving to the hoop. / Chuckaz should be banned for saying that Mj wouldn’t average 25 today lol

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Lol Kap, I figured the same before Kobe’s 81. But I guess not.

  • slick ric

    @ david r, man gone wit that bs, he could got a 100.

  • Kadavour

    this comment section should be a study on nostalgia’s effect on logic. fun reading though

  • Jeffrhay

    Imma let MJ say this if he wants to, and let small minds argue apples and oranges trying to disprove it. Hes earned it.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    i’m curious to see how this’ll break down after we tally up some votes: http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/10/polladaday-mjs-100/

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 Jackie Moon

    @Jeffrhay – MJ’s earned the right to make up claims about what he could do?

  • Jeffrhay

    @JM – It seems pretty moot at this point..

    As distinguished as he was during his career, I don’t see a point to arguing with his gut statement with cold hard statistics. (This is presupposing that he thought about what he said beforehand and didn’t just spout off..)

    I don’t see a reason for calling him out on it, and I don’t even see a definite means with which someone (except MAYBE his peers) could even do it!
    All this comparison of players/eras/rules can’t REALLY be the bottom line, considering MJ’s contribution to the game.

    I think it’s interesting that he said it, and because I can never know if it’s REALLY true or not, I can trust his gut instinct or some numbers on paper. (and yes I watched the HOF speech)

    1oftheGOAT > statistics.

    Why not?

  • http://www.facebook.com B-Moore

    I find it a little amusing how few people have commented on Jordan saying he would’ve fouled out or scored 100. Jordan could do anything he wanted. If He went out with a purely scoring mind frame. Greatest there ever was. Jordan gets it done.

  • Rols

    Jeez, Jordan is still full of himself. Christ. His HOF speech wa ridiculous and now this absurdity. I know his Cuban chick is fine but c’ moon she banged Enrique Iglesia’s baby brother. Jordan get over yourself. Its the money not the tongue. He never learned how to switch “it” off.

  • KB8toSG8

    @Justin…..it was one game when he got that 3 point shot hot. And also, the 3pt line was 2 feet closer. Don’t you think that’s easier??@nbk…..don’t you dare compare MJ and KB’s FG%. Mj never had a post player to accomodate into his game. KB had to solely operate from the perimeter for most of his career. MJ also drove more because he was a better athlete, had bigger hands and hence could finish better at the rim with contact. Basketball 101: The farther you go from the rim, the harder it is to score points. KB HAD to operate from the perimeter mostly to make the offense running during his time. MJ operated anywhere he liked since there wasn’t a dominant post player who clogged up the lane.

  • KB8toSG8

    @Justin….without any sort of offensive scheme going around, I can name a LOT of guys that could score 100 if they played on the suns. A LOT. Big O, Kobe, LeBron, West, Baylor, Gervin and a few more guys. Hell, if Kareem was motivated enough, he could abuse the sky hook repeatedly and get 100 as well! If you’re talking about Phil’s offense, he has no chance. Absolutely Zero.

  • The Philosopher

    ^Shout out to Magic Johnson.^

  • JoeMaMa

    Michael Jordan’s best scoring season came in 1987-88, when he averaged 37.1 ppg. During that time, the league scoring average was 109.9ppg, and the FG% was 48%. In the 1992-93 season, it was 105ppg and 47%. Last year, the league scoring average was 100.4ppg, and the FG% was 46%. So, during MJ’s best individual scoring year, when he went lights out, when defense was obviously lacking, when shooting %s across the board were better, he didn’t get 100. During the early 90s, that ‘tough’ brand of basketball (which I agree had less whistles, which cuts BOTH ways), the league still had more scoring than now, and better shooting %s across the board. Jordan was around for bad teams, too: the Nuggets of the mid/late 90s, the Heat/Twolves in the early going. The factors were in his favour. HE HAD HIS CHANCE. DIDNT HAPPEN. By the way, I’m an MJ fan. But I’m also sensible.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    NBK: He scored more effectively because of his driving.
    And I’ll restate this once again, because apparently you’ve ignored me when I said it the first time: scoring 35 points in the first half is nothing. That’s 70 points. That’s 11 points less than Kobe. That’s 30 points less than the goal that needs to be achieved.
    And that’s considered one of Jordan’s greatest games.
    The Portland Trailblazers were perhaps the weakest defensive team Jordan faced in the Finals. Drexler could never guard Jordan well.
    T-Money: The majority of people here are saying prime Jordan, like 80s Jordan. The second three-peat Jordan was less athletic and I don’t believe he ever scored over 60 points in a game. Ironically, I think the second three-peat Jordan is more LIKELY to get nearer to 100.
    But it’s just not happening.

  • Justin

    @Jukai…Scoring 35 points in a half actually IS something because he sat out the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. I would say it’s considered one of his greatest HALFS because he barely played in the second half, only scoring 4 points and mostly looking to get the rest of the team involved because of the big lead they had. If that game had been remotely close, he stays in the game and he keeps scoring.
    @KB8…the 3 pt. line was not closer that year. It wasn’t moved closer until the start of the ’94 season (when MJ retired) and not moved back until the start of the ’97 season. The Portland game was in ’92.

  • kozouu

    OMG Kobe had to score 81 points because his team was trailing by 18-pts against the RAPTORS, wouldn’t that be embarassing? And his teammates that year was kinda crappy (Kwame Brown, Smush Parker), so he didn’t have anyone else to pass-to to score. If you swap that Kobe with 37.1 PPG MJ, MJ could score 100 if he has to. Who cares if Kobe did it with 7 threes and by going to the FT line, MJ could’ve done that too + by stealing the ball and fastbreaks dunks.

    Now, why couldn’t MJ score 100 before? Because he didn’t have to! He’s got Scottie Pippen to pass to, while Kobe’s got no-one else to pass to that year.

    Also in the 69 points game, MJ still managed to get 18 boards, 6 assists, 4 steals, only 2 turnovers, and probably got 5 fouls because he had to still play a hard defense. While in the 81 points game, Kobe only got 6 rebs, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 turnovers. So, if MJ didn’t have to grab that many rebounds (Grant only got 5 in that game, and Kobe had Odom and Kwame to grab 10 each to work for the boards) in that game, and dish more assists than Kobe, and had to foul more than Kobe to defense, MJ would probably got 100 instead of just 69. And MJ would easily reach 100 agaisnt that Raptors Kobe played against.

    So MJ is the G.O.A.T, but that doesn’t mean Kobe can’t be the best. They are two great players in the NBA, and each can do extraordinary things if they wanted to.

  • kozouu

    Also all of these comments would just make it easier for MJ to score 100 today.

    They said MJ isn’t deadly from the 3-pt line, what happened? 6 threes in one half vs Blazers ’92 Finals. MJ is only good at offense, what happened? He got named as NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in ’88 while still averaging 35 PPG. MJ is a ball-hog, really? what’s averaging 32.5 PPG and 8 APG then, or averaging 31 PPG and 11 APG in a Finals series vs Magic and the Lakers, and how did he beat the Pistons Bad Boys?

    So, if young MJ was still playing today and reading all these comments, it would just fire him up even more to score 100 points.

  • kozouu

    ^When it said ‘Magic’ there, I was referring to Magic Johnson, not the team. So please don’t get mixed up or confused :D

  • http://www.lakers.com CommissionerPalpatine

    BS.
    Hey MJ stick to your underwear commercials tool bag.

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