It’s always fun to hear Bill Walton call basketball games, because you never really know what he’s going to say next.
He was on the call for Wednesday night’s Oregon-USC matchup, and he made a comment about Michael Jordan that made many fans and analysts alike scratch their heads.
We’re not sure if he was tired at the time, or if he just wanted to generate a reaction from viewers. Whatever the reason, we have to wonder what compelled him to downplay the skill set of the greatest player in NBA history.
Late in the second half of the game Walton said Jordan was “basically average.”
“Michael, the guy was basically average in terms of size, strength, speed, jumping ability.”
That’s a reach — even for Walton.
We’ve all seen Jordan’s famous dunk from the free-throw line. Does this look like a man who had “average” jumping ability?
Jordan won six NBA titles, and was named league MVP five times. He also won 10 scoring titles, and averaged 30.1 points per game during his 15-year career.
Those are impressive accomplishments for a player who was “basically average.”