Old school players, those like Oscar Robertson and Bill Walton will never say it but they do not buy into the propaganda of Michael Jordan’s legend.
Which for some reason the media won’t let die.
And yes I use the word propaganda purposely there because that is how they view Jordan’s success.
They view Michael Jordan’s worldwide notoriety as a result of the time and situation more than the man himself.
Jordan had a company behind him promoting him as the greatest who ever played.
Did Oscar Robertson have Nike behind him?
Did Wilt Chamberlain have ESPN showing replays of his high scoring games?
Or any of those players from that time?
And partly is because of the era.
There wasn’t much video of any of the games back then.
And the other part is how big the league was.
There was only ten teams in the league when it first started.
Basketball wasn’t nearly as popular back then.
Now, of course people claim the game’s popularity is due to Jordan’s greatness rather than anything else.
So when you ask the old timers who is the greatest, they aren’t viewing it from where most of us view it.
From our own seats, where the perception is presented as Jordan being the best.
But from on the court.
Kareem Abdul Jabar looks at it as if he was playing against Michael Jordan.
Not what he was told about him.
Or what he saw.
Now this doesn’t mean that Jordan doesn’t deserve the accolade of the G.O.A.T.
But when we discuss it we should mention that he was the first player the league promoted more than the team he was on.