Now this is an overstatement to compare greatness
With just a pair of shoes. Anyway it is just another way to blame it on something. I took a break watching the last dance. Coming at other part reveals the willingness of MJ to add one more championship despite the internal issue with the team.
Drama did exist way before the last season. I guess the lack of data made it less attractive for a player to look elsewhere. MJ reveals that his success on the field drive all businesses to endorse him. He knows that if he plays really well more endorsements will come his ways.