Retired NBA big man Channing Frye never had an opportunity to cross paths on the hardwood with Hall of Fame shooting guard Michael Jordan, but he does have a strong opinion about how the Chicago Bulls legend would fare in today’s game.
“He only had really one job. And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate. But I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now,” shared Channing Frye, who won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Guys wouldn’t want to play with him. Right? I think you have to adjust and adapt, and to say that Jordan would average 50? No, he wouldn’t. Everyone would double team him.”
Frye played the role of a stretch big on the Cavs in their title run with LeBron James in 2016. He left the game at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season after 14 years as a pro, spending most of his NBA tenure with the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Cavs.
Despite his wealth of experience though, Frye’s claim that Michael Jordan would be limited because of his score-first approach is questionable given how reliable of a playmaker His Airness was — averaging more than five assists a game in his storied career. Moreover, MJ won the Defensive Player of the Year award.
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