NBA legend Bill Walton calls Michael Jordan 'average'

Michael Jordan: "Average"?
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The first thing you have to acknowledge is that Bill Walton is an NBA Hall-of-Famer and you're not. But the former basketball titan had some interesting thoughts on Michael Jordan, while providing color commentary during Wednesday night's game between Oregon and USC. First, Walton reportedly said that Jordan doesn't make the Top 3 all-time best players in the NBA. Then he went a bit further: "Michael? The guy was basically average in terms of size, strength, speed, jumping ability."

Jordan, of course, is widely regarded as the best player in NBA history. You can argue that point. But "average"? Either Walton has some insights the rest of us don't, or you're never too old to troll.

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