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Jordan: Superteams mean 28 'garbage' teams

From ESPN - October 12, 2017

NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is not a fan of the NBA's so-called superteam era.

"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint," Jordan said in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine. "You are going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they are going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment."

Jordan is likely referring to the concentration of talent on the Golden State Warriors' roster.

"You are going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage."

Michael Jordan, on NBA super teams, to Cigar Aficianado magazine

The Warriors have won two of the past three NBA titles and have faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the past three NBA Finals, leading some to question the competitive balance in the league.

Golden State and Cleveland are favorites to win their respective conference titles again in the coming season and meet in the Finals. The Warriors are 5-12 favorites to win the NBA title, and the Cavaliers have the second-best odds at 4-1.

They are not the only teams with a conglomeration of stars: The Oklahoma City Thunder boast Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George; the Houston Rockets have Chris Paul and James Harden; and Boston Celtics have Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford.

Jordan, of course, was the face of another NBA superteam -- the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won a then-record 72 regular-season games and the NBA title. The Warriors broke the Bulls' regular-season wins record in 2016.

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