In today's NBA, how would Michael Jordan have fared?

League isn't what it was

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

Duh. Michael Jordan not only would have scored more points because of the limited contact allowed on the perimeter, but also because of the talent drain created by league expansion from his prime Bulls years and the league's move away from thug-like enforcers, the type Pat Riley utilized during his Knicks coaching tenure.

About the only change since Jordan's prime years that would create any challenge would be the legalization of zone defense, but that approach is so minimally utilized that it likely would not stand as a factor.

As for concerns that the contact limitations on the perimeter would create foul trouble for Jordan, this is not a league that puts its prime attractions in foul trouble. Exhibit A would be LeBron James.

iwinderman@tribune.com

Nothing he couldn't do

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

If Michael Jordan said he would score more points under today's rules, then Jordan would've scored more points.

Anything Jordan said he would accomplish, he accomplished. Such was the tenacity and talent of the Greatest Player of All Time. Jordan's teammates talked about how the player with the most talent also possessed the most competitiveness. That rare combination would send his scoring average higher today.

Without hand-checking on the perimeter, MJ would've gotten to the rim at will early in his career and would've been even more effective in the post with his turnaround jumper later in his career. Few could guard him because Jordan was tough enough to absorb contact. Without it, he'd be downright scary.

kcjohnson@tribune.com

Point is, 100 is too much

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times

Oh, MJ. There's nothing you can't do — or at least that's what you think. But 100 points in today's NBA? Nope. You'd foul out first. Nice thought, though.

First, your career high was 69 — and that came in overtime. Second, 100 isn't as easy as you make it sound.

Wilt Chamberlain did it in an era when most big men stunk — and his 100 came against a backup center on a night when his teammates intentionally fouled. It was a circus act, not basketball.

And Kobe Bryant, whose 81 in 2006 is the second-highest game, put up that many because his teammates then stunk.

Also, Kobe's a great 3-point shooter, and you're not. These days, you'd need the 3-ball to hit the century mark.

So, MJ, don't pop off some bombastic proclamation to remind us you were great. We haven't forgotten, OK? But 100 is too much for any player, even you.

bholmes@tribune.com

He'd take his best shot

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

Of course Michael Jordan could have a Wilt night, score 100 points in a game today.

Jordan could break the century mark, given offensive-friendly rules. That's not really the issue. It's all about attempts.

You don't think he could score 100 if he took as many shots as he wanted — or needed? Kobe scored 81 points on 28 of 46 field-goal shooting and 18 of 20 free throws.

Jordan would have to have a hot night (check), teammates would have to be accomplices (check) and he would have to get all the calls (didn't he always?).

Knowing Jordan, he just might go for 101.

bschmitz@tribune.com

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