The irony of Bruce Lee's skill set was that the point fighting system suited him to a tee. Everyone from Bob Wall to Bob Bremer stated that Bruce was obsessed with bridging the gap and Joe Lewis admitted that Lee had the fastest hands he had ever seen. Bridging the gap and having faster hands and/or feet were the skills used by Chuck Norris and Bill Wallace to defeat Joe Lewis in 5 of 6 point fight matches.
In the kickboxing arena and/or on the streets, Lewis would most likely mop the floor with both men, but point fighters have always wanted it both ways. They want to be able to tab themselves as "real" fighters because they competed in point tournaments, knock Lee's skills because he didn't compete in games of tag, and claim that a lack of experience in full contact and/or street fighting is a non-issue when it comes to judging their combative skills.
The following is a complaint about point fighting leveled by Bruce Lee to Seattle Era student Patrick Strong.
One of Bruce's major complaints having to do with karate tournaments was how the fighters fought like two chickens pecking. Back and forth. First one, pecks, and then the other. Then a couple of pecks from one, and a peck or two back. The tournament fighter was only good for one, two, or three consecutive moves, at best. And then if the other fighter mixed in with him, his motor would stop and he would have to break away and start again. What I see in Bruce is someone who can deliver impact without taking a rebound that would stop up his motor. What you really want is your motor to continue with all the shock and rebound going into your opponent and so little coming back to you that you keep moving with full speed, power, and constant body loading and position.