NBA analyst Colin Cowherd just took Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan to task and questioned the “mythology” around him.
On his podcast, Cowherd said, “Take out Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson, this whole Michael Jordan mythology is sort of just that.”
Cowherd tried to minimize Jordan’s greatness and instead said that other factors were at work for all his success.
He knew exactly what he was doing when he made this statement and, sure enough, the responses were everywhere.
Cowherd has definitely struck a hornet’s nest with his words.
“Take out Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson, this whole Michael Jordan mythology is sort of just that”
—@ColinCowherd on the reality of MJ pic.twitter.com/hfu58OIxr1
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) March 17, 2023
Some people, like Twitter user liam Butterscotch, simply wanted to stay away from the statement and the number of angry responses that were coming in.
He posted a GIF of someone covering his ears and attempting to avoid the situation.
— liam Butterscotch 🔴 ⚫️🇮🇪 (@liamjb23) March 17, 2023
Other people wanted to honestly challenge Cowherd’s opinion.
Lob Ties said that “Michael Jordan is the reason ppl around him were successful. MJ made phil. MJ made Pippen…MJ made those around him successful.”
Michael Jordan is the reason ppl around him were successful. MJ made phil. MJ made Pippen. The notion that u think u can use Scottie against mj is stupid. It’s not the same as trading for a player or signing one. Those players are ready made. MJ made those around him successful.
— Lob Ties (@LobTies) March 17, 2023
Others thought the whole thing was a little more than a joke and just a way to garner views and podcast downloads.
“Another cringe Jordan take,” said Namor.
Another cringe Jordan take
— Namor (@TheRealNamor) March 18, 2023
“Ratings must be down,” said another unimpressed Twitter user.
Ratings must be down.
— Aladdin Sane (@puremuppet) March 18, 2023
While most of the responses to Cowherd’s opinion were negative, some were positive.
“Colin hit it right on the head. For MJ, there is a mystique to his greatness. But he never shared the game or his knowledge for future payers that will come into the game,” said Anthony.
Colin hit it right on the head. For MJ, there is a mystique to his greatness. But he never shared the game or his knowledge for future players that will come into the game. Kobe had a heart which was about impacting the next generation after him which ppl will love him for that
— Anthony (@Acruz93_) March 18, 2023
The debate around Jordan will rage for years to come and Cowherd’s hot take won’t be the last one.
No matter what, opinions on this subject will always remain intense and controversial.