Most people seem to think that NBA athletes today couldn’t deal with how tough the the league used to be back in day, but never ever think about how players from that era would fair in today’s NBA.
On the court, they would still shine. Off the court would be entirely different.
Michael Jordan thinks it would’ve been tougher for him to play in the social media era.
“Tiger [Woods] played at his peak somewhere toward the end of my career. Then, what changed from that time-frame to now is social media — Twitter and all those types of things. And that has invaded the personalities and personal time of individuals,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado, via Alex Kennedy of Basketball News.
It’s to the point where some people have been able to utilize it to their financial gain and things of that nature.”
“But for someone like myself — and this is what Tiger deals with — I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter [era], where you don’t have the privacy that you’d want and what seems to be very innocent can always be misinterpreted.”
In ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary, Jordan discussed how his immense fame deprived him of privacy, and part of the reason for his retirement was to get out of the spotlight.
Towards the end of his career in the 90’s, he spent the majority of his time in his room because he couldn’t escape fans. Add the fact that everybody has a cell phone these days with HD cameras and Jordan would’ve seen himself on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram multiple times during one of his infamous casino trips if those social media sites had existed back then.