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(ESPN)   Michael Jordan thinks he could beat LeBron James 1-on-1 when he was in his prime, your opinion on if this is true to your right, please   (espn.go.com) divider line 164
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2013-10-02 08:27:03 AM  
I loved watching Jordan play (even when he was beating up on the Knicks).  Yeah, I agree with him.
 
2013-10-02 08:28:11 AM  
Yup, he could

11-5 MJ
 
2013-10-02 08:29:29 AM  
Best ever.
 
2013-10-02 08:33:05 AM  
I'm trying to figure out who gives a shiat
 
2013-10-02 08:33:28 AM  
Since LeBron would be about 3 years old, I agree
 
2013-10-02 08:34:02 AM  
Truthiness factor over 9000.
 
2013-10-02 08:34:16 AM  
MJ or LeBron?
Ali or Tyson?
Jim Brown or Adrian Peterson?
Lynda Carter or Veronica Zemanova?
Superman or Mighty Mouse?

I love these hypothetical match-ups.
 
2013-10-02 08:37:53 AM  
And how much money is he willing to put on this?
 
2013-10-02 08:41:48 AM  
True, true...
 
2013-10-02 08:42:03 AM  
Hurricane Ditka.
 
2013-10-02 08:42:34 AM  
One on one, I might take Jordan.
In a team battle, I'm taking LBJ and it's not close.
 
2013-10-02 08:43:40 AM  
He finally admits Kobe could take him 1-on-1 which is absolutely true.

/Kobe = best 1-on-1 player ever
 
2013-10-02 08:45:09 AM  
Bears
 
2013-10-02 08:45:54 AM  
I can't believe people are taking this seriously and still picking Jordan.
 
2013-10-02 08:46:20 AM  
Jordan was faster and more agile. All other things being equal, the game is over on that point.
 
2013-10-02 08:46:56 AM  
The only thing I agree with his statement is how Kobe stole all his moves.
 
2013-10-02 08:48:08 AM  
He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.
 
2013-10-02 08:55:12 AM  

hamfast gamgee: MJ or LeBron?
Ali or Tyson?
Jim Brown or Adrian Peterson?
Lynda Carter or Veronica Zemanova?
Superman or Mighty Mouse?

I love these hypothetical match-ups.


Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman's a real guy. There's no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.
 
2013-10-02 08:57:30 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: There's no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.


Look who hasn't seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
 
2013-10-02 08:59:31 AM  
Duh?
 
2013-10-02 09:00:57 AM  

The Muthaship: Look who hasn't seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


Or watched Space Jam.
 
2013-10-02 09:02:32 AM  
the best outcome would be mutual annihilation.
 
2013-10-02 09:05:27 AM  

SilentStrider: One on one, I might take Jordan.
In a team battle, I'm taking LBJ and it's not close.


Yeah, no. The modern-day Heat doesn't hold a candle to the 95/96 Bulls.
 
2013-10-02 09:08:13 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.


Umm, Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest perimeter defender ever.
 
2013-10-02 09:08:53 AM  
Is there even a question?  On the other hand, who the fark cares?
 
2013-10-02 09:10:16 AM  
Nope. MJ wouldn't be able to handle LBJ in the post at all and I mean at all. 3 inches shorter and 50 lbs lighter. Which means lay ups every time for LBJ. Jordan would have to try to drive around LBJ or shoot over him which would be no easy feat. His shooting % would be lower. LBJ would win 6-7 out of 10 over Jordan. by average scores of 11-8.
 
2013-10-02 09:10:32 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.


Stats says Lebron is a more efficient scorer.

Not to mention the years when they moved the 3 point line forward which benefited mid range shooters like MJ.
 
2013-10-02 09:12:34 AM  
It all depends. Whom did Stern tell the refs to protect?
 
2013-10-02 09:14:42 AM  

EyeballKid: It all depends. Whom did Stern tell the refs to protect bet on?


Fixed.
 
2013-10-02 09:15:46 AM  

WinoRhino: Jordan was faster and more agile. All other things being equal, the game is over on that point.


But James is taller, stronger and a much better defensive player.

While we like to talk about MJ's "competitiveness" advantage over LBJ, after the last two years - it's more likely that James is just as competitive as Jordan, but James isn't an a**hole about it.
 
2013-10-02 09:16:13 AM  
Did he put to bed whether or not he could take Ditka after Ditka had both of his hands tied behind his back?

Ditka 10-1... and MJ only scored because Ditka stopped to buy a brat and a beer from the vender.
 
2013-10-02 09:25:19 AM  
I'd have to make the safe pick of LBJ because of the huge size difference, but one thing you youngsters might not remember about MJ is that no matter how much success he had he farking refused to lose.  He just refused.  Small games, big games, it didn't matter.  It was what separated him from others with more size and skill in his era (are you listening, Derrick Coleman?)

I freaking HATED Jordan and the Bulls.  But his drive wasunbelievable.
 
2013-10-02 09:26:21 AM  

Lando Lincoln: SilentStrider: One on one, I might take Jordan.
In a team battle, I'm taking LBJ and it's not close.

Yeah, no. The modern-day Heat doesn't hold a candle to the 95/96 Bulls.

 
2013-10-02 09:29:36 AM  
LeBron responds: "Well, my dad can beat your dad."

/dumb hypothetical argument is dumb, unless you are sitting around drunk with friends. Was MJ drunk with frends?
 
2013-10-02 09:29:54 AM  

The Dynamite Monkey: I'd have to make the safe pick of LBJ because of the huge size difference, but one thing you youngsters might not remember about MJ is that no matter how much success he had he farking refused to lose.  He just refused.  Small games, big games, it didn't matter.  It was what separated him from others with more size and skill in his era (are you listening, Derrick Coleman?)

I freaking HATED Jordan and the Bulls.  But his drive wasunbelievable.


I have to say that his competitiveness would trump LeBron every time. If Jordan went up 2-0, LeBron would pack it in.
 
2013-10-02 09:29:57 AM  

The Dynamite Monkey: I'd have to make the safe pick of LBJ because of the huge size difference, but one thing you youngsters might not remember about MJ is that no matter how much success he had he farking refused to lose.  He just refused.  Small games, big games, it didn't matter.  It was what separated him from others with more size and skill in his era (are you listening, Derrick Coleman?)

I freaking HATED Jordan and the Bulls.  But his drive wasunbelievable.


Tru dat.

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That being said, trying to argue about this premise is stupid.
 
2013-10-02 09:30:10 AM  
Dammit, fark ate my post.
Three hall of famers in James, Wade and Allen. A potential 4th in Bosh, and for giggles, Birdman at the 5.
Athletes today you need to hear stronger and faster than 20 years ago, i'm taking the Heat and not feeling bad about it.
 
2013-10-02 09:30:49 AM  
All of you clowns that laugh at MJ's comment about Kobe "stealing" his moves--imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if it worked for MJ, why wouldn't any/everybody "steal" his moves?!?! Seems to me it's worked pretty damn good for both of them!  I bet, in this completely hypothetical conversation, if they played 10 games it would be 5-5 and so on since they both seem to play the same!
 
2013-10-02 09:35:20 AM  
Uh, no.

Now, could his teams have beaten the Heat? Yes. Which is really more important anyway but hey gotta feed that enormous ego I guess.

But could he personally one on one beat LeBron James? No, it would be like playing his bigger stronger faster older brother.

And what a bitter old fark Jordan turned out to be. Sure is easy to talk about who he'd beat one on one at age 50+ while he sits in an owners box of the shiatty team he put together.
 
2013-10-02 09:37:47 AM  
Follow-up question: Who'd win in a flop-off between Scottie Pippen and Dwyane Wade?
 
2013-10-02 09:41:21 AM  

js34603: Uh, no.

Now, could his teams have beaten the Heat? Yes. Which is really more important anyway but hey gotta feed that enormous ego I guess.

But could he personally one on one beat LeBron James? No, it would be like playing his bigger stronger faster older brother.

And what a bitter old fark Jordan turned out to be. Sure is easy to talk about who he'd beat one on one at age 50+ while he sits in an owners box of the shiatty team he put together.


"Turned out to be"? If you think that MJ only started becoming an egotistical braggart after he retired, then you weren't paying attention when he was back in his prime. That's how he's always been (and part of what gave him his drive for success).
 
2013-10-02 09:43:00 AM  

vdawg: sign_of_Zeta: He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.

Umm, Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest perimeter defender ever.


Yeah, but Lebron is a premier defender himself (maybe close to equal of Jordan), and maybe the best passer that's not a point guard.

Fallout Boy: sign_of_Zeta: He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.

Stats says Lebron is a more efficient scorer.

Not to mention the years when they moved the 3 point line forward which benefited mid range shooters like MJ.


I guess I should have said 1 on 1 scorer.  Lebron has a better scoring efficiency (IMO) because when he sees someone more open than him, he gives up the ball.
 
2013-10-02 09:45:17 AM  

EyeballKid: Follow-up question: Who'd win in a flop-off between Scottie Pippen and Dwyane Wade?


That's the B-team flop off.  For the gold medal round, it's Rodman vs. Battier.
 
2013-10-02 09:47:07 AM  
MJ had an amazing supporting cast which made him look better than he was. That being said: He'd would LeBron all day long.
 
2013-10-02 09:52:50 AM  
sign_of_Zeta      vdawg: sign_of_Zeta: He probably could, but Lebron is more Magic than Jordan.  Lebron is a better all around player, but Jordan was a better scorer.Umm, Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest perimeter defender ever.Yeah, but Lebron is a premier defender himself (maybe close to equal of Jordan), and maybe the best passer that's not a point guard.

Jordan was a premier defender from the beginning of his career until the end. LeBron had to develop his defense, and is probably a bit over rated as a defender. I'm not trying to hate on him, and these are all opinions obviously. Honestly, they are two different types of players. I'm not sure if MJ could offset LeBron's physical prowess with his speed.
 
2013-10-02 09:57:23 AM  
I think we're all missing the important takeaway: Jordan's being a disingenuous fark again. Specifically, he's saying that he's not sure if he could beat Kobe 1-on-1. Iirc, this is a reversal from his previous stance. And of course he says this while still beating his chest and saying he could beat LeBron (and Elgin, among others). I'm fairly certain he really believes that he could stomp Kobe, but Kobe (with his horrific injury last year) is no longer a threat to Jordan's legacy. Honestly, I'm surprised Jordan didn't twist the knife in about Kobe's injury.
 
2013-10-02 09:58:34 AM  

bertor_vidas: I think we're all missing the important takeaway: Jordan's being a disingenuous fark again.



I usually expect better character from an NBA player who bet on basketball games.
 
2013-10-02 10:02:41 AM  

vdawg: The Dynamite Monkey: I'd have to make the safe pick of LBJ because of the huge size difference, but one thing you youngsters might not remember about MJ is that no matter how much success he had he farking refused to lose.  He just refused.  Small games, big games, it didn't matter.  It was what separated him from others with more size and skill in his era (are you listening, Derrick Coleman?)

I freaking HATED Jordan and the Bulls.  But his drive wasunbelievable.

I have to say that his competitiveness would trump LeBron every time. If Jordan went up 2-0, LeBron would pack it in.


You obviously haven't even watched LeBron James ever.
 
2013-10-02 10:03:56 AM  
Who cares, they are two different types of players. But if you ask who I would want on my team, it would be Jordan all day and twice on Sunday.
 
2013-10-02 10:05:14 AM  

The Muthaship: EyeballKid: It all depends. Whom did Stern tell the refs to protect bet on?

Fixed.


The refs bet on who they're told to protect.
 
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