While ESPN's "The Last Dance" has been a great reminder of Michael Jordan's tumultuous, yet wildly successful tenure with the Chicago Bulls, it also has provided a peek behind the curtain as to what it was like to be his teammate.
Jordan was incredibly demanding of all those he shared the court with, though he insists he never asked them to do anything he didn't do himself. While his testy demeanor surely rubbed many teammates the wrong way, it was also part of what made those teams so great. Jordan set the standard, and held everyone else to it.
Not everyone was up for the challenge, and Jordan would let you know about it if you weren't. But if you could prove your mettle to him, he'd know you could handle whatever situation was on the horizon.
The NBA obviously has changed a lot since Jordan's playing days, but whether or not you believe he's the best player of all time, he surely still would have been a dominant player in the modern era. Which begs the question: Which modern players would be good fits as his teammates, knowing all that comes with it?
Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher recently asked a group of current NBA general managers and coaches that very question, and two Warriors players were mentioned in response.
In addition to Draymond Green -- "doesn't need the ball in his hands" -- an Eastern Conference GM also believes Steph Curry would a great fit alongside Jordan.
"[Curry] proved he has enough of a deferential mindset to play with another superstar when he got KD," the GM said.
Speaking of Kevin Durant, he was the player who the GMs most believed wouldn't be able to make things work with Jordan.
"There's only one guy who wouldn't willingly move over and be No. 2 -- KD," a different Eastern Conference GM said. "He'd struggle playing with Michael. Too sensitive, and he'd want to shoot all the balls. If Michael yelled at him for missing too many shots, he wouldn't have liked it."
While Curry has proven he can adjust for a fellow superstar, and Green is one of the few who could match Jordan's intensity, the evaluation of Durant seems a little unfair. He has played alongside fellow superstars throughout nearly the entirety of his NBA career, from Russell Westbrook and James Harden to Curry, and now, Kyrie Irving. Plus, we know winning is important to him -- that's why he joined the Warriors when he did.
Depending on the time in Durant's career, it doesn't seem like a pairing with Jordan should be ruled out altogether. Jordan would have valued his supreme skills, and hey, Durant could always leave if he felt it was time to move on.
You know, like he just did.
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