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ChitownBears22
06-15-2012, 02:34 AM
Just curious how everyone would think Jordan's legacy would have been affected with today's media. With the internet (message boards, twitter, facebook) and television (ESPN bias and shock reporting Skip Bayless, Stephen A).

How would the media of treated him with the following:

1. Leaving to play baseball.

2. Retiring and returning to the Wizards. This was after Bulls ownership blew up the Bulls roster. They may have went for title 4.

3. NBA rigging and the "push off"

4. Gambling problems.

Dade County
06-15-2012, 02:36 AM
bonanza!!!

Sadds The Gr8
06-15-2012, 02:41 AM
same as kobe...

b@llhog24
06-15-2012, 02:44 AM
MJ's known as a top flight douche, which would get televised but then he'd just get a pass because he has the hardware.

D1JM
06-15-2012, 03:16 AM
Probably be a multi billionaire while playing.

Kevj77
06-15-2012, 03:38 AM
1. The media and fans would have understood MJ was going through a tough time after his father was murdered.

2. He retired on top of the world. Jordan was a part owner in the Wizards nobody would question playing for his own team.

3. Non issue.

4. This is where he would have taken a major image hit. The media ignored his adultery and gambling. That wouldn't happen today. It wouldn't change his on court accomplishments, but he wouldn't have the clean image he did with the media ignoring his off court behavior.

NYYCowboys
06-15-2012, 04:01 AM
Imagine today's media found out that Shaq made all of his money in college!

ManRam
06-15-2012, 10:50 AM
Jordan was not a Kevin Durant in terms of character. In fact, in terms of character, he was incredibly far from being a saint. I think he'd get more flack today because of the increased media presence and decreased level of privacy. It wouldn't be hard to paint a poor picture of him.

However, winning cures most everything. We tend to try to rip people down from the top, but he was so clearly deserving of being at the top that that hunger would dissipate.

NYtilIdie
06-15-2012, 10:52 AM
People think Lebron is a douchebag, lol they would cry rivers talking about MJ.

Max.This
06-15-2012, 10:53 AM
He kicked the **** out of the older guys on the dream team and it would be nice to call someone the best player in the league that can actually shoot the ball, but he's a douche lol

Hawkeye15
06-15-2012, 10:54 AM
Prior to 1991? Like LeBron James. After? Like Kobe Bryant on steroids.

Winning rings allows you to do and say whatever you like.

aLau10
06-15-2012, 11:15 AM
Honestly, I seriously don't think it'll change much. Most definitely the gambling and the retirement and everything may wave up some talks for the media, but what people see in Jordan isn't really what he does off the court, but ON THE COURT.
This man was and is still the best player in history to have stepped foot into the NBA. If he were to play in today's NBA he is still inarguably going to remain as the best. Many people knows of Jordan's off court stories, but regardless what we truly admire is his character, passion, skillset and dominance shown on the court. Something no other player in the league has yet to provide to fans.
Can't really say more....

Bullsfan22
06-15-2012, 11:24 AM
Prior to 1991? Like LeBron James. After? Like Kobe Bryant on steroids.

Winning rings allows you to do and say whatever you like.

This.

ewing
06-15-2012, 11:36 AM
Just curious how everyone would think Jordan's legacy would have been affected with today's media. With the internet (message boards, twitter, facebook) and television (ESPN bias and shock reporting Skip Bayless, Stephen A).

How would the media of treated him with the following:

1. Leaving to play baseball.

2. Retiring and returning to the Wizards. This was after Bulls ownership blew up the Bulls roster. They may have went for title 4.

3. NBA rigging and the "push off"

4. Gambling problems.



He was the league's meal ticket in a way that will probably never happen again. So long as that didnt change he would be treated like gold.

ManRam
06-15-2012, 11:40 AM
People think Lebron is a douchebag, lol they would cry rivers talking about MJ.

I was trying to be more polite with my words...but this.

Jordan was as abrasive, brash, egotistical and demanding as any player ever. Again, it's a huge reason why he was so successful, but he was a prickly character.

Becks2307
06-15-2012, 12:00 PM
PEOPLE loved jordan. Like LOVED.

Jordan never got accused of rape, thats a pretty serious offense. I doubt he would have been hated as much as Kobe is at times.

People never loved Kobe like they did Jordan. On the dream team documentary they talked how people would just scream when they saw jordan.

Jordan above all was amazing and a winner, he pretty much had no flaws on a basketball court, he was perfect in the finals, thats crazy. It would not have been much different from how he was treated then.

Don't forget Jordan also made an AWESOME space jam movie that endeared him to the public. And all those epic commercials as well, Lebron and Kobe haven't done this, they are all kind of accepting the villain role.

Jordan was never a villain, at least in the public's eyes. Winning cures everything anyway.

Also Didn't Shaq and Dirk cheat? No one really cares.

TopsyTurvy
06-15-2012, 12:12 PM
Jordan == Tiger Woods == Peyton Manning == (Insert Sporting Icon Here) with the modern media cycle.

Jordan would be one of the most protected brands in professional sports regardless of his rampant womanizing and gambling. His people would have people who have people to handle the media and there would be several levels of disassociation. Beat reporters would be heavily vetted and only the LARGEST of scandals would penetrate the news cycle.

The same can be said of many star professional athletes.

waveycrockett
06-15-2012, 12:16 PM
Honestly with TMZ and people like SKIP Bayless and SA Smith around he would be WORSE than LeBron and WORSE than Kobe after his Denver situation. The Media is WAYY dirtier now than they were 20 years ago. They stood out of his divorice, his infidelity, his fathers death and his gambling issues for the most part

waveycrockett
06-15-2012, 12:17 PM
Jordan == Tiger Woods == Peyton Manning == (Insert Sporting Icon Here) with the modern media cycle.

Jordan would be one of the most protected brands in professional sports regardless of his rampant womanizing and gambling. His people would have people who have people to handle the media and there would be several levels of disassociation. Beat reporters would be heavily vetted and only the LARGEST of scandals would penetrate the news cycle.

The same can be said of many star professional athletes.

Did you really just say Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in the same sentence?

barreleffact
06-15-2012, 01:50 PM
People treat LBJ this way because he wanted to be better than Jordan and had the potential but was an epic fail. No one in history had a better resume than MJ, so without MJ to compare himself to, no one would criticize him for not winning immediately. He would more or less be glamorized in the same fashion, especially later in his career.

BobbyHillSwag
06-15-2012, 04:24 PM
does anyone really care wat the media says? we the fans make the media and we make this game wat it is today...................a flopping freethrow shooting contest

RaiderLakersA's
06-15-2012, 05:54 PM
Jordan would catch hell. As someone said earlier, his personal life would be under the most intense scrutiny... to the same degree as some of our current superstars. And given the instantaneous reaction in real-time, Jordan would not get a pass like he did back in the 80s and 90s. I'm not knocking him, but let's just say the man did some dirt that never saw the light of day until much, much, much later in his post-retirement years.

It would also be interesting to see how fans would perceive Jordan now. I'm not saying that he wasn't great, but people tend to mythologize every athlete once their sneakers are on the shelf for good. I think that quite a few would be shocked to know just how human MJ was. And without Phil Jackson to coach him, or Pippen to book-end him, or the rest of those great Bulls teammates to steamroll with him, wow, I don't think he'd be any more loved or hated than Wade, LeBron, Dwight, or Kobe are presently.

ecorrea
06-15-2012, 06:16 PM
I was trying to be more polite with my words...but this.

Jordan was as abrasive, brash, egotistical and demanding as any player ever. Again, it's a huge reason why he was so successful, but he was a prickly character.

He was a class act with the media and fans though. Answered every question, did so politely and articulately. Space jam. Gatorade, wheaties, McDonalds, Nike. Air Jordan. I mean this guy was a god, and not for no reason. If he were amazing but an ******* to the media, wouldn't of been the same.

He was a class act.

RaiderLakersA's
06-15-2012, 06:28 PM
He was a class act with the media and fans though. Answered every question, did so politely and articulately. Space jam. Gatorade, wheaties, McDonalds, Nike. Air Jordan. I mean this guy was a god, and not for no reason. If he were amazing but an ******* to the media, wouldn't of been the same.

He was a class act.

No, he was not always a class act. The media helped keep his secrets and varnish his image. Truth be told, the media back then would have gutted their own mother if it meant being "close" to Jordan and having the inside track to whatever scraps of info MJ felt like giving them.

That wouldn't fly in today's NBA, because all it takes is one person with a smartphone, an axe to grind, or a blackmail scheme and Jordan would be on blast. Social media and blogs are no joke.

Someone mentioned Tiger Woods. Perfect example.

Rumor was Jordan had plenty of women on the side, too. An obscene amount. Back then none of them ever came out seeking fame/money like the Hilton girl, or the Kardassians, or Tiger's stable of pornstars, most of whom only wanted to be famous for getting laid by a celebrity.

Jordan wouldn't be able to keep all of his infidelities a secret. As a consequence, his image would suffer, if he were playing in today's NBA. "I want to be Like Mike," would have an entirely different connotation.

JasonJohnHorn
06-15-2012, 06:47 PM
They'd probably just spend all their time comparing him to Jordan.

k.smith904
06-15-2012, 06:48 PM
He would get the exact same treatment as Lebron.













That's what you wanted to hear, right?

RaiderLakersA's
06-15-2012, 06:53 PM
They'd probably just spend all their time comparing him to Jordan.

You got the "J" part right. They'd probably compare him to The Doctor.

superwill
06-15-2012, 07:14 PM
No, he was not always a class act. The media helped keep his secrets and varnish his image. Truth be told, the media back then would have gutted their own mother if it meant being "close" to Jordan and having the inside track to whatever scraps of info MJ felt like giving them.

That wouldn't fly in today's NBA, because all it takes is one person with a smartphone, an axe to grind, or a blackmail scheme and Jordan would be on blast. Social media and blogs are no joke.

Someone mentioned Tiger Woods. Perfect example.

Rumor was Jordan had plenty of women on the side, too. An obscene amount. Back then none of them ever came out seeking fame/money like the Hilton girl, or the Kardassians, or Tiger's stable of pornstars, most of whom only wanted to be famous for getting laid by a celebrity.

Jordan wouldn't be able to keep all of his infidelities a secret. As a consequence, his image would suffer, if he were playing in today's NBA. "I want to be Like Mike," would have an entirely different connotation.

I think mike would have beeen fine if I remember when he came back to play with the bullets the media asked him a question about him and his wifes problems and he told them it was none of their business whats going on in his personal life unlike Tiger Woods who went on tv and apologized for getting caught and said he had a sex addiction when he did not need to do that he should have said me and my wife will deal with whatever the issue's are and who ever want to come out the wood works let them....also I would becareful of what put on a blog or a social media website I have been on a lot of them and some the stuff they write is just not true.

ChitownBears22
06-15-2012, 07:55 PM
He would get the exact same treatment as Lebron.




That's what you wanted to hear, right?

Yup that is what I was fishing for. I wasn't starting a thread to talk about Jordan's troubles and how they would be percieved today. How did you figure me out? Was it all the references to LeBron? Was it how indirect I was talking about the topic in the original post? Was it all the replies I made to peoples opinions defending LeBron.

Wait a second I didn't do any of that.

I was asking because today's media is a lot different then the media in the
80's and90's. I was wondering how he would be scutinized for him gambling problems, his infidelities. I was trying to have a discussion not about refs, rigging, the HEAT, LeBron, ect.

So way to be a moron and take the thread off topic. Congrats another Bull-****.

The Flash
06-15-2012, 08:01 PM
does anyone really care wat the media says? we the fans make the media and we make this game wat it is today...................a flopping freethrow shooting contest

lol apparently it's what we like