Michael Jordan says super teams mean most NBA squads 'are going to be garbage' – Washington Post

Michael Jordan has an animated moment during a Hornets game. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

The NBA tips off the regular season next week, but some fans would prefer to skip ahead seven months to when they assume the Warriors and Cavaliers will be squaring off in a fourth straight Finals. Oddsmakers largely agree, having installed those teams as 5-12 and 4-1 title favorites, respectively (per ESPN), with the Celtics next closest at 10-1.

That’s even after Cleveland lost star point guard Kyrie Irving over the summer, as he demanded a trade, but it got back Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder from Boston in that deal and further bolstered the roster with free agents such as Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green. Golden State had a quieter offseason but, of course, it scored one of the biggest free agent acquisitions ever last year when Kevin Durant joined the likes of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

In response, some other NBA teams have tried to assemble their own all-star casts, most notably the Thunder — with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining Russell Westbrook — and the Rockets, who brought in Chris Paul to pair with James Harden. However, neither those squads nor the Spurs are given much of an chance to derail the Warriors in the West, and the Celtics are the only team viewed as a credible threat to the Cavs in the East.

Meanwhile, the Hornets have 100-1 odds to win the NBA championship this season, and their owner recently said the trend of top players joining forces on so-called “super teams” is bad for the NBA. That owner would be one Michael Jordan, who offered his comments to Cigar Aficionado (while enjoying a Cuban with a glass of whiskey, naturally).

“You’re starting to see a little bit of it now,

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