In a magazine interview, golf fanatic and NBA GOAT Michael Jordan gave high praise to Tiger Woods for making golf less of a “white man’s sport.”
The footage is from an interview Jordan did with Cigar Aficionado magazine three years ago.
When asked if he thought Jack Niklaus or Tiger Woods was the golf “GOAT” (greatest of all time), the NBA Hall of Famer had praise for both figures, though he appeared to have higher esteem for Woods because Tiger had more “impact” on the game.
“Obviously Jack won more during the time he played,” the six-time NBA champion told the magazine. “Tiger evolved it to where it crossed a lot of different boundaries — where it’s not just a white guy’s sport.”
Indeed, Jordan said that Woods deserves the highest praise for making golf far more popular than it was before.
“Now, does that constitute him being the greatest? Does that mean he’s any less than Jack — I think [that] is unfair.”
Jordan also insisted that it really isn’t fair to take people out of their era and compare them to other players many years removed.
“I won 6 championships, Bill Russell won 11 — does that make Bill Russell better than me or make me better than him? No, because we played at different eras,” Jordan explained.
“So, when you try to equate who’s the greatest of all time, it’s an unfair parallel,” he added. “It’s an unfair choice. I think those are the demons that obviously Tiger had to live with and he’s gonna be challenged, he’s gonna be graded upon that but for me, I think they’re both great. I would never say one is greater than the other.”
Jordan spoke about many other things — including his short pro baseball career — and also admitted that at the time he smoked at least six cigars a day and tried to get in 36 holes of golf a day, as well.
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