In Jordan's era the game was way more brutal.
half of his career was played in the "all fast break, little physicality/defense" 80s, the other half was played in teh post-bad boys era of tough defense/grabbing
A lot of today's players would have trouble playing with those rules.
i wouldn't say they'd "have trouble" as much as driving would decrease and there would be more post play (and magically all the big men of this era would become better and comparable to the past)
Players today are a product of the rules and how the game has changed just like football.
just like the 80s and 90s players
wilt called the 80s pussy ball and talked about how much more manly his era was. this is a common perception bias
but nonetheless, playing style is always a function of current trends and rules. 80s ball ended with a strategical shift in the NBA away from no defense/fast break ball to all out defense and clock wasting ball (started by the bad boys and proliferated by the knicks/heat)
the defense got so good that the fans began to hate teh shite out of the game, so the NBA changed the rules to open things up (and voila, more people began to watch). styles have changed, but NBA strategy has become so advanced in the past 5 years that it's basically calculus compared to the arithmetic of the 80s