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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. Cliff - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Boy, do some people need a spellchecker or what???
    In reference to Rodman…the greatest ad of all time ran on the day of the Allstar Game…a full page ad blank except in the center in small print…”Where’s Dennis” from Nike…

  2. JimGrayHater - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    The video froze right when Jim Gray opens up his piehole. I’ll take that as a sign and walk away. Jim Gray shouldn’t even be called a journalist. He’s a butt kissing loser who hasn’t asked a tough question to anyone at anytime. DBag.

  3. Tian - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    What did the ‘Nature Boy’, Rick Flair say?
    “To be the Man, you gotta BEAT the Man! Whoooo!!”
    He did say, “To be the Man, you gotta JOIN the Man and play on his Team. Woo.”

  4. Yadder - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    If chili were only 11 MJ would not have beaten his beloved Knicks, Pacers, or Jazz because Chili wouldn’t have been born yet. Unless you were talking about when MJ played for the mighty Wizards and only beat those teams 50 percent of the time. However, I give Kwame Brown most of the credit for those wins, since MJ could barely run up the court anymore.

  5. zephyr99 - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Sorry to spoil the party, folks. Bill Russell was the greatest basketball player in history. Eleven championships in thirteen NBA seasons (because of injury did not play in an NBA final that Celtics lost). Two NCAA basketball championships. One Olympic gold medal. Now what was that about Jordan’s “3-peat”?

  6. Tom in MA - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Jordan the best all around player ever? What about the guy who averaged a triple double for a seasion and damned near for his creer? Oscar Robertson) Or, the all time leading scorer in NBA history with quite a few rings?? ( Kareem)
    If you wnat to use rings as a guage, what about the guy with more rings than fingers?? ( Russell)
    MY point is that it’s VERY hard to judge the greatest ever. There are different eras where different players dominated! Jordan certainly dominated his era after Bird and Magic left. There was no free agency either! They all wanted to beat each other! I say, thank goodness we had all those great players!

  7. scir91onYouTube - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    all of you FOOLS who think loyalty can be used in the same line as business need to be lose your job and have your boss smile at you on the way out. the NBA is a BUSINESS, not a backyard game. jordan is an idiot. he is pissed at players making tons of money and wishes he could have had the same.

  8. Robert - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    Are you seriously saying that Wade and Bosh are equivalent to calling up Johnson and Bird? This is a joke right. Bosh hasn’t proven himself to be a winner in the NBA and Wade has Shaq to thank for his only championship.

  9. chairmaker - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Great comment. Management did the same thing for MJ as LJ did for himself-surround him with great talent. By the way, I don’t agree that MJ is the greatest player ever. Has everyone forgotten about Oscar Robertson, or Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Larry Bird?

  10. Bob - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Best comment yet! I agree completely. MJ isn’t even close.

  11. 78vette - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Jordan is speaking as a true champion. Winning isn’t everything. It’s the ability to compete against similarly-matched individuals to see which one, on any given day, is the best. For LeBron to team up w/two other players with just winning in mind diminishes themselves and the game.

  12. riscifiguy - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:32 AM

    Rodman was from Mars!
    Yes we care what MJ, Bird, Russell and Magic think because they were the best.
    We care what Barkley says because he has been there and always speaks his mind!
    The 60’s and 70’s were about teams! (NBA, NFL, MLB)
    Somewhere in the 80’s they discovered that starpower made more money. Now all we see is stars because that is all the TV and Web talk about. (Ch-ching!$). Jerseys, shoes, whatever sells besides the game!

  13. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:33 AM


  14. TheTimekeeper - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    Im not saying who is right or wrong. However, Michael Jordan is making a very good point! He isnt intersted in “stacking the deck” as LeBron, Wade and Bosh have appeared to try and do. Management got the best players they could afford and won with that TEAM. MJ’s words ring true!!

  15. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    Wade and Bosh are some of the best in the NBA right now. The best RIGHT NOW that is willing to join up for this super-team, that is.
    What Michael Jordan was talking about is that when he was playing, Jordan, Magic and Bird didn’t hold discussions about getting together to see if they can form some super-team. He didn’t go to Dominique or Clyde Drexler either. He didn’t lobby to find the best available people to come play for the Bulls.
    Here’s what he did: He played and was dominant and lost a lot of playoff games because he had no help. And what the Bulls did was find good complimentary players to assist him (1990-91 Bulls consisted of the Great Bill Cartwright at Center, John Paxson at PG, Scottie Pippen at SF Jordan at SG and Horace Grant at PF.)
    As you can see, this was clearly Jordan’s team. The offense ran through Jordan. Jordan was the captain. The defense was led by Jordan. Jordan had to touch the ball every offensive play. Jordan got the most minutes. All the other players was there to assist Jordan. And they beat the Pistons that consisted of Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman.
    Then, the Bulls took that same team that evolved around Jordan and beat the Magic-led Lakers.
    So Jordan didn’t have an a bunch of great players when he won that first championship. He had some good, serviceable complimentary players that did their jobs and helped Jordan. And the reason why the team got better talent is because better players came along to help Jordan win more championships on his team. But it was HIS team, HIS championships and HIS stadium. That’s why it’s HIS statue that you pass by out front when you watch the Bulls play at home.

  16. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Ofcourse he wouldn’t have called on other players he was given Pippen, Grant, Rodman etc.. What an idiot Jordan is, he needs to just shut up and play his golf.

  17. Leroy - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    You can say one thing for sure. This will bring some sorely needed life to the NBA, and I predict that the Heat will be the most watched team in the NBA this year.

  18. Jackson - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    He just isn’t the greatest player of all time. As much as I hate to say it, Kobe Bryant would have smoked him, one on one.

  19. ChiTown CK - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    As exciting as it must be for Miami to now have such a potent team, what does it REALLY mean if they win a title right away? Sadly, it would only validate what seems fairly obvious by this move: not to be the best you gotta beat the best; rather you gotta BUY the best. If that does happen, I, too, weep for the future, because we will again wind up with a severely polarized league, with about half a dozen or so overpriced 3-to-4-man-deep teams all under 2-year free agent contracts, organized for the sole purpose of “beating the best.” In fact, as long as he’s at it, maybe Labron can convince Wayne Huizenga to come back to Florida too.

  20. juhis - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    you shouldnt take the internet so seriously
    or sports for that matter

  21. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    How many championships would they have won without MJ?

  22. Jim - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    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.

  23. Chris - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    @chill 22. Because he was the best ever

  24. Neal Kinder - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    MJ made everyone around him better,he instilled his competitiveness in each teammate and his will to win.How he did that was play harder on both end’s of the court for 48 minutes,whatever the team needed he got it.It was a pleasure to watch the NBA in the 70’s,80’s & 90’s and the great players and teams.Now you only have a handfull with any real talent,I know longer watch any regular season games and 1 or 2 playoff games.

  25. ray ray - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Kobe would have smoked MJ one on one… funniest line I’ve heard all month.
    Remember Jordan offers a qualification for his comments. He recognizes that we’re in a different league today, a much more watered down league. And as for “stacking the deck,” that’s exactly what the Lakers have been doing for years. Take Ron Artest, for example, he had a chance to play with Lebron or Kobe and he chose Los Angeles (the city) over Cleveland. I think what the Superfriends have done is excellent and may change the way teams are built. I hope so, because the current system only works for the teams with the biggest and best markets. You think Memphis or Sacramento will ever… ever win a title?

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