When we discuss NBA legends, one of the first names to come out of our mouths is Michael Jordan. He only scored 32,292 points in his 15 year career, once averaging 35 points per game during the 1987-88 season. Air Jordan also dished out 5,633 dimes, pulled down 6,672 rebounds and recorded 2,514 steals. And to top it all off, number 23 won 6 NBA championships, and 6 NBA championship MVP’s. He would have won 7 in a row if he didn’t take a season off to try baseball. The reason why I bring this up, is because earlier this week, former teammate of Jordan, Jon Salley made some crazy remarks.
Joining Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” Salley ranked his top 5 players and somehow managed to leave MJ out. Salley-in order- put Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Kevin McHale ahead of the former Chicago Bulls great. Salley took it to another level when he said Isiah Thomas was the best player he ever played with, even though Salley was a member of the 1996 Bulls, a team that won 72 games. Salley went on to say that he is a Jordan fan but that he is not the greatest because he was selfish and Salley’s Detroit team knew how to stop him consistently.
The Pistons did beat the Bulls in 3 out of 4 playoff series during Jordan’s time, but after the Bulls won their first against the “Bad Boys” the Pistons never beat them again until 2007 and we all know Jordan was long gone by then. Jordan, hands down, is a top 3 player of all time. The other two spots are always up for the discussion, but if Jordan is not number 1 then he is definitely in the running for top 3. Jon Salley needs to check himself, and while he can’t take back those statement, he can correct himself. Who knows, maybe he feels bad for Isiah because of the way Jordan treated him by not wanting him on the Dream Team. Thomas was old in 1992 and couldn’t play with them. If that is the case, Salley needs to apologize for insulting one of the greatest athletes of all time.