Originally Posted by Rowe
An angry groupie would've exposed Magic's fast lifestyle much earlier on, back during those days a "random tip" to a news reporter wasnt respected at all because you could be legally sued for spreading rumors. But today all that would'v been needed is a twitpic of Magic in a hotel room with women or a voicemail. I can see People magazine & other gossip outlets paying hundreds of thousands for all of the women he had sex with to tell their stories. Then when he announced he had HIV, all hell would break loose.
Jordan's gambling would've been major and I truly believe that with the power of the Internet & ESPN alone they would've made it such a big story that Jordan would have actually have been banned for a year or two by Stern caving to public pressure.
Im glad all of that happened in a different era than this.
Yeah, not constantly hearing about this type of stuff is what kept the 90s purely about basketball. The 90s just seemed more purely focused on basketball, with just a tiny percentage on other dramas going on. Now, the media seems to talk 50% about basketball itself and the other 50% is on drama, and I think that has to do with the internet bringing easy access to the drama. In the past I would see Jordan vs Barkley (or anybody really) and think "I am excited to see this match up, I wonder who is going to have a great night." Now, I see match ups like LeBron vs Rose and think "God damn LeBron is a douche. I hope Rose destroys him." Due to the information I know about players, it has become about rooting for specific outcomes more than hoping to see talents on display.