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Jordan wouldn't have called up Bird, Magic to be teammates, he wanted to beat them

Jul 18, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT


Michael Jordan is still a competitor. Don’t get him wrong, he’d like the money the big free agents are getting now. But he says he wouldn’t have called up Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and wanted to team up. “I wanted to beat those guys.”

Times are different now. For better or for worse, they are different.

Now, it’s back to running the Bobcats. May want to work on the point guard thing a little, MJ.

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  1. Rodney from Benton Harbor - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Let us all remember that MJ was paid upwards to 40M per year during the last part of his career. As a Bulls fan, I am only concerned with the games…not someone elses personal salary, which does me no good anyway. I would like to know how many capitalists would take paycuts in order to win championships. What the new big three should be responding to all the haters is “I AM GETTING PAID!!! Ask the team owners how much they earn per year then get back to us.” If ever you decide to have a teacher pack an auditorium with fans will to pay top dollar for an English lesson, maybe all sport fans will stop complaining about loyalty. Americans are concerned about their own wealth…these guys are concerned about their own goals the same as the rest of us. If fans are so disgusted by the personal choices these three professional athletes made, simply self-censor yourself and do not attend games when the Heat plays or switch channels.
    Today the NBA is all about the money and rightfully so. I often wonder if movie stars work for the love of acting or is it about the particular scripts and 20M plus per film??? That is the cost of entertainment,baby. Business is business…ask BP!!! As far as MJ is concerned, he has the same right to self expression as do all of us who are EXPRESSING OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ATHLETES WE PAY TO WATCH PRACTICE THEIR CRAFTS.

  2. Rudy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    So the NBA during the 60’s and 70’s was a “fast-paced”, “run and gun” game, but with “less athletic” players that “couldn’t shoot”? And that’s why the stats were, um, too high? You do realize that sounds a little contradictory, don’t you? a) if you actually played the game, you’d know that less athletic players don’t score points (especially if they can’t shoot) or get rebounds. b) if you knew your history, you’d know that the chant of “dee-FENSE” started with the Knicks in the late 60’s, whereas “Showtime” didn’t start til the mid-80’s. Now, you’re right about Wilt, but don’t group him with Russell, Oscar or Kareem.

  3. WadeFan - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    First off Dwyane Wade got his ring nd he was the key factor thats why HE got Finals MVP not shaq. Wade carried that team when they won in 06 they never played a game 7 through the whole playoffs. Second players dont come to the league to have a one on one tournament with other great players, that for the interest of the fans. All players want one thing a CHAMPIONSHIP RING. Nobody says “Oh I’m Dwyane Wade nd I beat Kobe that time we played on Christmas.” No he would say “I’m Dwyane Wade nd I won the 2006 Championship nd got the Finals MVP.”

  4. WadeFan - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    NBA is also WAY more competitive now than it was back in Jordan’s time but I do agree he is the best

  5. anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Agreed to that. Imagine that three of the best players in the Eastern conference combine forces to beat the best player in the NBA (from Western Conf – Kobe)in which the best three players from Celtics were not able to do (Garnett, R. Allen, & Pierce).

  6. LongTimeFan - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    +1 Rudy!

  7. Rodericb - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    If the English language was a person, you’d be on trial for murder. Aside from not being able to right a cogent sentence, you seem to not be very knowledgeable about MJ’s supporting cast. How players decided to spend the MILLIONS of dollars that they were making while playing with Jordan (Yes MILLIONS, players didn’t just start making millions a few years ago.) has nothing to do with what Jordan and his supporting cast accomplished on the court. The Bulls front office knew that all they needed to do was put the pieces together for an all-time great team. If Jordan hadn’t retired, we would be talking about how the Bulls 8-peated. How many teams in NBA history have 3-peated twice?
    [i]”The only reason Jordan even made the finals ever was because the skills of Magic and Bird both declined late in their career. Don’t forget Jordan never even made it the finals until 1991, they could never get past Boston and Detroit, not to mention L.A. …. until Magic and Bird were both about done.”[/i]
    As for this statement, thanks for killing a few thousand brain cells for me. This is quite frankly the most stupid thing every said on the internet and all of us are dumber for having read it. I award you no points and my god have mercy on your soul.

  8. Buddy - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM


  9. Rodney from Benton Harbor - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Right a cogent sentence or write a cogent sentence. Everyone makes mistakes…like you, even intelligent people do.

  10. TeaBagger - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Hopefully you’re not talking about “spreading the wealth.”

  11. Norrin Radd - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    funny. Just a few years ago, lakers failed with a collection of all-stars: Kobe, Gary Payton, Mailman, etc. which never turned into a team.

  12. The 619! - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Jordan makes more money from Haynes then you will in your life. He has plenty of money.

  13. Dave - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Lebron James is a cry baby who doesn’t want to put in the work to EARN a title. Basketball sucks anyway but I hope the Heat never win a title!

  14. mary peron - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    You wish! Kobe couldn’t even tie the shoes of MJ!!

  15. Paulo Anozie - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Go and learn some English and how to write it first before you start spilling any jargon out there. What Jordan said is 100% right. He did not team up with Bird and Johnson (Magic) to win a championship. He competed to beat them and they did same!! That’s game!

  16. Frank Phertter - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Gorilla suit. I love it.As a former ball player it creates such a picture in the mind.

  17. Tyrone - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Maybe I’m just looking at this from a different perspective than a lot of other people but I fail to see the big deal in where Lebron James decides to play. This may hurt the city of Cleveland but who can honestly say they watched the Caviliers before Lebron came along? The man was a free agent. He played 7 seasons in Cleveland and couldn’t win. Does it really make sense, from a basketball standpoint, to stay in Cleveland?
    If players are judged by the number of championships they win, why would he continue to play for the Cavs? Furthermore, it may be true that Jordan would not have called Magic or Bird but when you have 6 championships and considered to be the GOAT, hindsight is really 20/20. By the way, how many rings does Magic and Bird have combined? Quite a few, right? It’s not like there is some kind of heated rivalray between Wade and Lebron, they are close friends. Jordan would have cut Bird’s AND Magics throat to win. Who would pass up the chance to play with thier friends and possibly when a championshp? Besides Cleveland fans, who really wanted to watch another Cleveland season with Lebron being the only player worth watching. As much as people want to criticize his decision, those same people will be watching him play in Miami just as they watched him play in Cleveland and if they do make it to the finals and the Lakers are there, it will be the most watched finals since…well, Magic and Bird.

  18. Chris - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Dear God Tony your spelling/grammar/sentence structure are atrocious. Consider taking a remedial English course before posting more comments…

  19. Steven - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    You people saying Jordan was not the best are out of touch with reality. Yes Russel, Jabar, Robertson, Chamberlain, Pistol Pete, Magic, and Byrd are all great players, but on a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest they rate an 8 to Jordan’s 10. The other players mentioned did not have the talent nor the leadership ability of Jordan, that is why they are 8’s and he is a 10. You see before Jordan they would have been 10’s but then came Jordan who raised the bar to a level they just could not reach. Yes he had a great team to back him, but remember the league was full of great teams. But without Jordan, the great team of the Bulls was just average of what was playing at the time, it took Jordan to make them greater than the others. Also if you say that about Jordan you have to say it about the rest either, they would not be have been held in the esteem they held had they not had great teams backing them up. But once again as great as they were they could not have kept Jordan and the Bulls from their championships and legacy’s. Jordan had remarkable talent that no-one had exhibited before nor since, and likely will not in the future as the game has changed, it is less of a team game now and more of personality game. Even in personality Jordan has them beat. So you Jordan haters, just eat your heart out, because the rest of us know he is the best there has ever been or likely to be.

  20. Steven - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Also the number of championships a person wins does not mean they are great players, you judge a great player on his ability not the number of championships. You see it’s talent and Jordan had it more than anyone else, ask Byrd, and the others who the greatest player of all time is and if they are honest they too will say Jordan.

  21. Jamez - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Very True!

  22. beau - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Really every player in the league did the same. kobe was ready to leave until gasol came along. celtics are the biggest all stars of the last century and other teams bow to these three teams. other than the mega teams the magic are the only challenge. with 4 teams piled with stars the other teams just practice for them.

  23. Wolfman - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    MJ (the G.O.A.T or HIS Airness) was asked about his own personal opinion, he didnt just blurted the things he said. He is a basketball royalty so everyone should expect that kind of answer from him. What LBJ did to his variety show was like shunning the crown and scepter and accepted the role of a jester.

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