Jackson points out how great players have what it takes to adjust to games regardless of their era.

Mark Jackson is one of those players who got the chance to play against legends such as Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers.


Aware of the changes made in today’s NBA game, the 1988 Rookie of the Year gave his opinion on how Bird or Magic would fare if they played now.


Bird and Magic changed the game


Singling out how the league has put a premium on scoring, the All-Star guard feels that Larry Legend and The Magic Man would benefit immensely.


“The impact would be even greater. Because the rules benefit the offensive guys. You can’t touch him. Those guys will have their way. They’re all-time greats no matter when they play the same way,” Jackson explained.


Jackson shares that Bird and Johnson are in a special group of players who can adjust to different game scenarios. In their prime, both players showed how they were able to help their teams reach the top multiple times. In the eyes of the former Golden State Warriors that makes them special.


“We talking about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, we are talking about two guys that’s in a special room with anybody that’s played this game. They’re in that room,” the 18th overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft pointed out.


Greatness has no boundaries


Stressing that great players like Bird and Magic stand out, Jackson used a reverse scenario to prove his point.


He singled out LeBron James of the Lakers. Jackson feels that if the four-time MVP played in a different era, he would easily stand out among the rest of that particular generation.


“If you took LeBron James and put him in 1970 or 1980, or at any point in the history of this game – he’d [still] be LeBron James, and we’d recognize his greatness. So those two guys certainly would have a similar impact, and I believe even greater playing in today’s game,” he stated.


Critics have lambasted the NBA for prioritizing offense at the expense of defense, a sentiment echoed by players like Stephen Jackson, who openly express their disappointment with the current state of the game where defensive efforts seem to take a backseat.


Aside from him, other personalities who have questioned the current game include current Warriors coach Steve Kerr as well as former players such as Rasheed Wallace and Michael Ray Richardson.



Gideon Canice

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