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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 EST

 

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. chili22 - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Who cares what Jordan would’ve done?

  2. derrick52 - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    u caused u watched it

  3. cal - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    chili22 nice way to answer ur own damn question

  4. Bob the Builder - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    the above two comments are making my eyes bleed. I weep for humanity.

  5. Joe Fyffe - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    Comsumate compliment from the consumate basketball player of the millennium plus.

  6. jman - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:46 AM

    I say people care what Jordan think’s, because Michael Jordan is the greatest. Even to this day, he is still the greatest to walk the court. The point he was trying to make was, to be the best, you don’t play with the best, you beat them.

  7. Sullivan Bish - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Excellent point…”to be the best, you don’t play with the best, you beat them”.

  8. Roger - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    Who needs Magic or Bird when you have a team like the 95-96 Bulls Team that won a record 72 regular season games, the best ever:
    1) Best European Player: Tony Kukoc (Sixth Man Award)
    2) Best Perimeter Defense: Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan
    3) Second Best 3-pont Shooter (.515 mark): Steve Kerr
    4) Best Rebounder: Dennis Rodman (5th Rebounding Title)
    4) Best All-aroung Player: Scottie Pippen (NBA All-First Team)
    6) Best Player in the Planet: Michael Jordan (MVP, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP and NBA All-First Team
    7) COACH: Best in the NBA: Phil Jackson (Coach of the Year)

  9. Roger - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Who needs Magic or Bird when you have a team like the 95-96 Chicago Bulls Team that won a record 72 regular season games, the best ever:
    1) Best European Player: Tony Kukoc (Sixth Man Award)
    2) Best Perimeter Defense: Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan
    3) Second Best 3-pont Shooter (.515 mark): Steve Kerr
    4) Best Rebounder: Dennis Rodman (5th Rebounding Title)
    4) Best All-Around Player: Scottie Pippen (NBA All-First Team)
    6) Best Player in the Planet: Michael Jordan (MVP, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP and NBA All-First Team, all these in same year)
    7) COACH: Best in the NBA: Phil Jackson (Coach of the Year)

  10. ozworld - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    “I’m a competitive player and I want to compete against (and beat) competitive players.”
    That’s the difference between MJ and LJ.

  11. kanank - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    MJ’s comments were so eloquent and very precise. Bird and Johnson would definitely agree with MJ. MJ is the greatest ever to play basketball and I doubt there will be another player like him ever. I know people always never say ‘ever’. But I do strongly think that MJ is very unique sportsman of our times and he will remain for generations to come.

  12. Jamie - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    I do. He’s the best basketball player ever.
    Chili22 wonders who cares what Jordan thinks about an issue regarding some of the best current basketball players.
    I’m guessing Chili22 is from one of the NBA markets like Indianapolis, New York, Cleveland, Utah, etc. whom Jordan repeatedly punished in the playoffs and he holds a grudge and is acting like an 11 year old (and may very well be).

  13. George - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    The difference is in MJ’s time players had more loyalty to the team, city and players on their team. Sure players had to work at it and maybe never win a championship, but they did have pride in themselves. The three clowns at Miami lacked the guts to stick it out on their teams. LeChoke can rule out being compared to the best, he is simply tonto, or a tonto, your choice, to Wade’s lone stranger. Bosh is good but not in Wades league. It’s the old story of spoiled rotten kids trying to get what they want without putting forth the effort required.

  14. CaptBlood - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    Magic and Bird were 2 of the top 10 players of all time but MJ was like watching a gift from God. Everyone else seemed to be playing in a gorilla suit when MJ took the ball at them.

  15. Sarah - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Michael Jordan is the best player of all time!! He loved the game and is definately someone that kids could look up to…even today. He also played for one of the greatest coaches of all time in the NBA Phil Jackson! He is a very classy man and a great sportsman!!

  16. Jusus - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    You have to ask yourself how come Rodman, was never invited to the All Star game, Oh the injustic of it all

  17. rob - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    time will tell if the move will be a success!

  18. CaptBlood - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Well for one you have to be human to make the All Star Team. Rodman was from another planet. The planet of the grasshopper-legged men who didn’t understand the point was to put the ball in the basket.

  19. A Ng - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    The way MJ said.. seem like Lebron is a sore loser. I feel Lebron have no confident and respect anymore

  20. sirmakalot1 - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:24 AM

    I think Rodger Sumed it up Pretty good, But let’s not forget OL B.J.Armstrong…He also brought alot to the team. I ALSO Believe everyone can Honesty Agree M.J. & THE Whole Chicogo Bull’s TEAM was the all time Best Team of Player’s….EVER… up to Present Day!

  21. Tony - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    Well, MJ is entitled to his opinion… if Jordan did not have help the way he did in Chicago he wouldn’t did all these accomplishment. The players who helped barely make ends mean today… Pippen teared up in a court room just because he won a little law suit… What didn’t Jordan call Pippen and given a good solid position on his team. Pippen used to play along side of Jordan for much of nothing. The only name people remember today is Jordan but not Pipen, Rodman, Kukoch, Happer or Steve… The world remember championship not loyalty. Lebron did what need to be done for his career and everyone needs to learn how live with it and stop winning including whoever…

  22. Thee Ox - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    Bot, how ’bout them Yankees!!!!

  23. Keith - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Jordan did not do it alone. He had a great team…..you know, team, help. This is the same guy that got fired by the Washington Wizards. He needs to focus on his Charlotte Bobcats, one of the worst teams ever.

  24. Thee Ox - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Boy, how ’bout them Yankees!!!!

  25. James - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    All these comments are very good, except for chili22, who appears to have limited exposure to the NBA by virtue of his age. It was about competition in the 70s, 80s , and 90s. Not so much with today’s stars. Regarding the 72-10 Bulls team being superior and complimentary at every position… they earned those accolades on the court. Nobody gave them the championships, they worked, played, competed and won. It wasn’t until after the banner went up that they were given the first of multiple championships.
    For some reason people seem to think Miami is already the 2011 champs. Talent alone doesn’t translate to championships. Let’s play the season first and see what we’re discussing next year at this time.

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