It's amazing how the game has changed in the past twenty years. The old Knick, Piston teams used to beat up on Jordan like crazy and he still got his.
Nowadays, a touch on LeBron, a touch on Kobe, a touch on many players is a foul. It's honestly a shame the game has went down this road and Stern has cracked down. I don't know the reasoning behind it.
It was a lot more compelling when you could be completely physical with another team. Too many times I see guys go down on the block and they get a little bump, that's a foul. A guy goes strong to the hole and gets a little wrist tap and that's a foul.
Coming off screens, little bumps, HAND CHECKS, wow, don't even get me started there. A hand check shouldn't be a foul.
There was an entire mental aspect that came along with the physical play and getting guys off their games that just isn't allowed anymore and the sport suffers because of it. I'd love to see a game where guys just get knocked on their *** and it's not a foul - that's how it was 20 years ago.
For that reason alone, I don't think that LeBron or Kobe could hold MJ's jockstrap. These guys never grew up in that era and I don't think a lot of the prima donnas in the NBA today would be able to take it. Merely go back and look at Jordan's resume, what he was able to accomplish under those circumstances and it was just so much more impressive than what LeBron is doing today under a baby league.