Michael Jordan obviously played before social media revolutionized how people connect and live. He’s seen Tiger Woods’ downfall and is grateful that he missed the age of social media.
In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, Jordan spoke about his close friendship with Woods and how social media has changed how athletes live today. We live in a time that Jordan doesn’t think he would have been able to play in.
“He’s in a transitional period. We athletes, we go through that. And then we have to be adults, we have to make sound decisions. He is to me in a very unique situation. Tiger played in his peak somewhere towards the end of my career. And the what changed between that timeframe to now – social media, Twitter, all those types of things that has invaded their personality and their personal times as individuals. I don’t know if I could have survived in this Twitter time where you don’t have the privacy that you would want. What seems to be very innocent could always be misinterpreted.”
Jordan would be asked about whether Tiger would live up to Jack Nicklaus, and Jordan went on to explain why he doesn’t like comparisons between athletes of different generations.
“You’re never going to say who’s the greatest of all time. To me, I think that’s more for PR and more for selling stories and getting hype. Jack and Tiger never played against each other. They never played in the same tournament. They never played with the same equipment. They never played with the same length of golf course. I never played against Wilt Chamberlain. I never played against Jerry West. To now say that one is better than the other is being a little bit unfair.”
Jordan instead prefers to judge players based on their impact and that’s where he credited Tiger with changing the game of golf more than any other golfer.
You can watch the full interview here.
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