Physically Jordan played in a much tougher era. Anyone denying his greatness needs to do some research.
Sorry, but I always laugh at this argument. Sure, in terms of physicality, the 90s, as an era, were tougher, overall, than the modern NBA, but not for Jordan or for any of the Bulls. You've got to remember, the league literally changed the rules for Michael, so it's not like you could ever hand check him after 1990, while on defense, he and Pippen could bump, hold, scratch, claw, and rip your arms off until the cows came home without ever being whistled for a foul
. Just look at the 1991 NBA Finals and 1998 Eastern Conference Finals when Scottie was bumping and fouling Magic and Momma There Goes that Man
, respectively, on literally every single trip up the court and was somehow never cited for an infraction
. The whole thing was beyond ridiculous, imo.