The basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets' owner, long known for his affinity of cigars, spoke on a wide-range of topics with Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken in a rare interview, including Tiger Woods, his love of golf, baseball, and the Jordan Brand.
Jordan did an interview with.wait for it.Cigar Aficionado for the magazine's upcoming 25th anniversary issue that hits newstands on October 31, and he was asked how often he smokes.
"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint", said Jordan of the superteam, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.
"You're never going to say who's the greatest of all time", Jordan said.
"I don't know if I could have survived in this Twitter time where you don't have the privacy you would want". How much impact did each change or evolve the game? He indirectly compared Woods' relationship with Jack Nicklaus to his with Bill Russell.
"I think they're both great".
"I never played against Wilt Chamberlain", he noted. The 14-time major champion hasn't played competitively since February.
"Yeah, Jack has got 18 majors and Tiger has got 14". "I won 6 championships". Tiger evolved it to where it crossed a lot of different boundaries, where it's not just a white guy's sport - black guys, African-Americans, all minorities play the game. "And that's how people are judging certain things", Jordan said. Bill Russell won 11. Make me better than him? "No because when you try to compare different eras and equate who is better than the other, it's an unfair parallel, an unfair choice".
Jordan also praised Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, saying he admires him but has yet to play a round with him. "For someone that small to generate that much power is truly awesome".