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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. jorge - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    J o r d a n s a i d i t a n d t h u s e m b a r r a s s e s a n y o n e w h o a s p i r e s t o h a v e t h e t i t l e o f king.
    You become the best by playing AGAINST the best.

  2. eric - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    How about the Sixties’ version of the Boston Celtics. Nine championships is a few more than Jordan and “the best team, ever?”

  3. Rick - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    The difference between the three greats (MJ, Magic, and Bird) and so many others (James, Nique, and others is that the three greats made the individuals on the teams that they played on better. So many others are very good players, but they do not improve the play of those on the team.

  4. Bo Duncan - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    How’s that early morning pimp slap going ya!

  5. JA - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Jordan didn’t need to go anywhere else because the Bulls were committed to actually putting excellent players around him. There were role players on those Bulls teams, but they still had Pippen, Rodman, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, Ron Harper… these were great players. Nothing like Lebron got when he was in Cleveland. Cleveland signed either washed up has-beens or guys that have some talent, but will never consistently help you win night in and night out. Definitely comparing apples to oranges here. James gave the Cavs seven years to put REAL players around him and they wouldn’t deliver. The guy got sick of literally having to do everything by himself. No one has ever won a championship by themselves. Even Jordan couldn’t do it until after they drafted Pippen (who is also one of the best NBA players of all time remember).

  6. LMAN - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    No doubt MJ is considered the greatest, but he didn’t win any championships until Chicago put quality players around him. But let’s look at a little NBA history.
    1. The LA Lakers in the 60’s with Jerry West(the logo), Wilt Chamberlin and Elgin Baylor. Oh, did I forget Gayle Goodrich.
    2. The Boston Celtics of the 50’s and 60’s with Bill Russell, the Jones Boys, Tommy Heinson(sp), Hondo Havlechek(sp).
    3. Showtime – LA Lakers with Magic, Kareem(all-time leading scorer) and Worthy.
    4. The Celtics with Bird, McHale and Parrish. For good measure, throw in Dennis Johnson and Paul Silas(the first Rodman).
    5. The Lakers with Kobe and Shaq.
    6. The Celtics with their current Big 3 of KG,Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
    I point out these 2 dominent franchises that have been strong for the last 4 decades with teams built with multiple superstars. The Heat is doing nothing new!!!

  7. JA - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    What a cop out! Pippen was only that good and worked that hard so he didn’t upset Jordan??? Are you serious? You’ve got a warped view man. Pippen was a super star and even had success at the twilight of his career when he was with the Rockets so come up with another lame @ss excuse of how Jordan “did it all by himself”

  8. la bestia - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Sorry my friend… Jordan is the most dominant player ever in any sport…and now Lebron James will never be as good as him, he could not get to the ring by him self…even kobe did it by him self, and I hate Kobe…

  9. kris johnson - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Michael would not have joined Bird and Magic. He is the second best basketball player ever. The best was and always will be Wilt Chamberlain. Look at the stats. He was 7’1 and was the high jump champion. He was 280 pounds of muscle. He never fouled out of a game. He averaged 30 points and about 23 rebounds per game, with 4.4 assist per game. They didnt keep records on blocked shots, but he sent many away, while changing shots by his opponents. In addition, his last years he just concentrated on defense and let others score. After retirement he became a professional volleyball player and NBA teams tried repeatedly to lure him out of retirement. Michael won the most titles, but individually nobody came close to Chamberlain.

  10. chazmon - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    I think this is the best post ever. I grew up watching some of the greatest basketball ever, starting in the mid 60’s. I cam from Crystal City, MO, home of Bill Bradley. My barother and I would listen to the games on the radio whil we were supposed to be sleeping. Those were the times. I can’t stand to watch basketball now. Too many hot shots.

  11. Michael - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Michael Jordan is the best ever. 6 NBA Championships, an NCAA championship and an Olympic gold medal. Russell played at a time when there was a huge difference between the haves and have nots. During Michael’s time, things were a bit more equal.

  12. TarHeelMike - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Only that he was the greatest player to ever play the game. He makes LeBron look like a punk in terms of impact on the game. Jordan and others (Bird, Johnson, Erving, etc. need to speak up more.)

  13. stnkpkl - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Jordan is a douche’, always has been always will.

  14. wlbtommy - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Are you on drugs??????
    Jordan was a man.
    Nitwit boy from Ohio is a child.

  15. JA - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    How exactly, did Kobe do it by himself you moron??? He won three rings with Shaq, then HE DIDN’T WIN IT AGAIN UNTIL THEY GOT ANOTHER PERENNIAL ALL-STAR. You might have heard of him, his name is Pau Gasol idiot. Might want to check your facts before you make yourself sound so stupid.

  16. chili22 - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Thanks to LMAN for providing everyone a history lesson on the NBA. Take notes…
    A. Jordan never had the chance to team up with Bird or Magic, period, so it’s easy for him to say he wouldn’t have done something he had no chance of doing.
    B. For those of you who think he decided he would prove he was the best by beating Bird and Magic on his own…he never did either until those two were well past their prime and at the end of their careers.
    C. As has been pointed out by others, neither Jordan, Bird or Magic won a title without playing without at least one other Hall of Famer in their prime. Please provide the future HOFer on the Cavs roster (other than a washed up Shaq).
    D. I’m old enough to have seen Jordan play his entire career. He was probably the greatest player of all time. LBJ is not MJ, nor should he have to be. But he also shouldn’t care what Jordan or anybody else thinks. He did what he thought was best for himself. All the crybabies haters need to get over it. Admit he is a great player, root against him because you don’t like him, and then shut up while he wins titles.

  17. planktonDisciple - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Going by rings … possibly the least meaningful way to compare players in a team sport, Robert Horry has six rings. So now he can rest knowing he was just as good as Jordan.

  18. Michael - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Jordan fails to see that D-Wade and Bosh are nowhere near Bird and Magic…Hardly the right comparison.

  19. TarHeelMike - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Thank you–Dr J was amazing to watch!

  20. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    My thoughts exactly, who cares what Jordan would have done. This article is pointless, has no value and the author should be placed on probation. If that is the case Jordan should call Lebron about how he shouldn’t be gambling and cheating on his wife. Who care besides the hater.

  21. Scott - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Pippen and Grant were NOT top players when they came to Chicago out of college. I met them both when they were rookies. They became players most likely because of Michael and his drive to make his team better and make no mistake about it the Bulls were all about Michael. Phil made them the team that Collins couldn’t do before him.
    Michael made things happen for every other player on those teams. I mean come on, how many career assist’s does the guy have? Steals? Rebounds? He was the complete player and everyone he played knew it and had to try and stop him and IF they did he make it happen for other players to come up big.
    The only seasoned big name player the Bulls brought in was Dennis and Phil is the reason he fit in.
    I don’t even watch the Pro’s anymore because there is no Michael in the game.

  22. William the Conqueror - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Roger; you’re absolutely correct. Why would Jordan need Bird and Johnson when he already had high caliber teammates? Furthermore, Jordan’s ego would have been tested if he had competition as to who was actually the best on the team. He’s an ego maniac just like Lebron and he wanted the spot light on him and no one else.

  23. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    most of you are missing the point. M.J. was commenting on how wade bosh and james scammed to be on the same team so they can win championships. He used Bird and Magic to get his point made. I look at it the same way. If james wasn’t so interested in everything else he’d probably have a championship. Of course he’d have to get by coby and fisher. And thats another thing. The lakers are stupid for getting rid of fish. If not for him Lakers wouldn’t have won anything…. He’s the one making the clutch shots to win games. Fish. your underated but not in my book. M.J. your still the greatest player i ever seen. There is good players now but they all have to mimick your originality. Dr J to.

  24. planktonDisciple - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Lebron has great numbers, but is lacking in how to best get others easy baskets, which the Celts did the entire series. Then when it came to crunch time, the last three games of the series he was 18-53 with 19 turnovers. Lebron lovers may choke on that. He also sucked the deciding game against Orlando the year before. He is lacking the killer instinct, and has not yet shown he is capable of winning a title. Reg season is another universe.

  25. Kev - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    @ –> scir91onYouTube
    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.
    Jordan mad because of tons of money being made? YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS. He’s worth roughly half a billion, so I doubt seriously he’s jealous of their money. Combined, the big three in Miami aren’t worth Jordan’s net!!!!! If you listened to the whole comment, Jordan also mentioned it was not right or wrong what the big three did, he just mentioned that he wouldn’t have done it….He also acknowledged it was just the state of the game….You know why he said that? Because he was being asked about the situation, so he didn’t seek the big three out.
    Everyone, please read the whole comment in its entirety before you start flapping your gums.

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