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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. Fat Slob Metcalfe - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Lebron deserves to play in a better market than Cleveland. Cleveland is for slow white guys and hairy, unwashed Europeans. MJ played in a major market; had he played in Cleveland, Portland, or Indy he more than likely would have availed himself to the highest bidder.

  2. alan - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Harper and Kerr were also defectors from the Cavs.

  3. Fat Slob Metcalfe - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    You become the “best” by playing against hand-picked stiffs and hiring a great PR team.

  4. Eliott - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    “Best Player in the Planet: Michael Jordan”
    Didn’t think he was dead yet, why is he ‘in’ the planet??

  5. Dave - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    I’ve said it before…
    Call the real fouls on the so-called superstars and see how ‘super’ they really are.
    If you really are that good you shouldn’t also need help from the refs.
    Watch the so-called great moves from these guys that includes traveling, palming the ball, hanging on the rim.
    This is the Harlem Globetrotters making millions a year.

  6. Rudy - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    a) MJ’s comment doesn’t make sense. The Heat still have to get by the Celtics and the Lakers to win a ring. LJ isn’t skipping out on Kobe or KG; hell, the Heat will still have to get past Dwight Howard. It may be questionable whether the experiment will work, but does anybody think Wade, Bosh or LJ had any chance against Boston or LA with the lineups they had?
    b) Were all of you screaming when KG and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce in Boston and won a championship? Not to mention when Kareem joined the Lakers, when Shaq joined the Lakers, when Moses Malone teamed up with Dr J, when Earl the Pearl joined the Knicks, etc., all to win championships. Get a grip, people; it’s not the first time this has happened.
    c) This is a job. It may be sports or entertainment for you and I, and it’s a business for the owners, but for the players, it’s a job. And don’t any of you that actually work for a living try to tell me that if you had a chance to improve your working conditions that you wouldn’t take it, loyalty be damned. And it’s not just about the money; I see vice-presidents that make LJ money leave their companies all the time because they get passed over for the top job and have a better opportunity somewhere else.
    d) MJ may or may not be the greatest player ever (Russell gets my vote). But playing the game and knowing the game are two different things, and if he knew enough for his opinion to count for something, he’d have been a better coach, and he’d be a better basketball executive.

  7. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Roger, The point isn’t so much MJ’s 6 rings that makes him such a champion… it’s more about those years before the rings and how a person deals with challenges.
    1988, 1989, 1990.
    Do you remember what happened in each of those 3 years? The Bulls lost to the Pistons in the playoffs.
    But Jordan didn’t leave the Bulls to go AROUND that challenge. He played THROUGH the challenge.
    It’s because a true champion is all about defeating challenges.
    And when basketball wasn’t challenging enough, he played (okay…”attempted” to play….) baseball. Because of the challenge. Then he came back to the Bulls, where there were new challenges to overcome.
    LBJ’s biggest challenge is getting out of his own way. He wants to be a billionaire, not a true champion. And I have no doubt that he will be a billionaire. And I have no doubt that he’ll never be seen as a true champion.

  8. Rudy - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Amen. Finally somebody else actually thinking this through.

  9. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Michael Jordan played for the game, not for the city or some reality staged freak show dream team.

  10. Miami meltdown - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Bird, His Airness and Magic won 14 championships between the 3 of them…let’s see Bosh, Wade and Lebron—>1 championship (that should have been won by the Dallas Mavericks). These guys think they’ll win 7 championships? What a joke…it’s only a matter of time before the fingers start pointing and the ship sinks on the 3 headed monster. Miami is setting itself up for a lot of disappointment! Mark my words, they will get eliminated from the playoffs the next 2 years, not even making it to the Finals.

  11. Dfidman - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    “Kids could look up to”??? He kept leaving his own kids to continue his own glorification. I lost admiration for him when he quit basketball to “spend more time with his kids” and then left on a bus to play baseball. He’s no hero.

  12. Rudy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    You mean like the 92 Olympic “Dream Team”? I think he did play for them. And his quote was “it was the best time I ever had”.

  13. Paulo Anozie - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Jordan Hit the nail on the head!!! How can you claim to be a good player when you hide under the cloats of better players to win a title. Good players compete amongs themselves to see who is better. When somebody like James, Wade, and Bosh are in a team whom are they going to compete against? How can they prove to be good? The NBA should stop this nosence. This kind of thing happens because you don’t let them graduate from college to gain experience.

  14. monomoso - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Portland had to let our icon, Clyde Drexler, leave to get his well deserved ring with Houston Rockets (albeit in MJ’s retirement years). Clyde did all he could for and with the Blazers but the team had the fortune to play in the MJ era. It’s like being a recording artist during the Beatles reign, always number 2. For whatever reasons I think LJ needs to win a ring before he can be a leader. It may be a consequence of moving to the NBA right from high school. May be we should give him a chance to age a bit before making a career judgment of the guy.

  15. axemanII - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20! Jordan can say what he wants, he won those rings. What I do know, he was very frustrated while he was losing from 1984-1989, what separated him from the players today? Options. Jordan was signed to an 8 year contract by the Bulls, which paid him $2.5 million a year. That’s nothing compared to today, he could not have left Chicago, even if he wanted.
    Only when, Phil Jackson came in did he win. So he can say what the hell he wants.

  16. Buddy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    We sure have a lot of experts when it comes to sports. The Multi-Million dollar contracts these players are receiving really help out the economy and the poor and less fortunate who are in need of help. Put this energy into something that is a little more important to our Country. Who is the best in sports is a question that will never be answered. It is just a conglomeration of opinions.How to help the less fortunate US citizens is something that can be answered. The athelete is going to go where the MONEY And Fame is, common sense. Do you really believe that these athletes deserve the money they make, especially in this economy. Some will say “If they are willing to give it then why not take it”. What is more important, is MJ better than LeBron or how are we going to create jobs and get our economy up and running again. Maybe if that happens a family will be able to afford to go see a sporting event again.

  17. the shark - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Now no one said Kobe is now the current real king. He won 5 nba title vs those so call real kings in Miami they put together. By the way, he did it with no real superstars with the exception of Pau Gasol. They were built around him to fill in the points. So, why is everybody acting like the 3 so call 3 Kings a won the championship already. I like Jordon comment. Jordon Magic Larry, & now Kobe wanted to beat the best team in the country and not calling up my super friends from Miami to get to the nba championship. I see if the 3 Kings all got to their l1 or 12 season and they try to ban together. But right now they look ridiculous. Kudos for you Jordon.

  18. hardrock - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    i agree with u

  19. Dave - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Actually, Robert Horry has 7 rings (2 w/Rockets, 3 w/Lakers, 2 w/Spurs), so by the way some people think, he is better than MJ or Kobe.
    And to the other poster that was talking about MJ’s stats, he won TWO olympic gold medals, not one. He won in 1984 and in 1992.
    Also, just my two cents, but when I think of the greatest player in NBA history, I don’t think of just how many championships they won, but of how unstoppable they were. I don’t think of Bill Russell as that type of player. MJ was that guy that everybody in the arena KNEW was going to get the ball at the end of the game for the last shot with his team down my 1, and the other team still couldn’t stop him from scoring. Wilt the Stilt would be my second choice, because you can’t teach size and in his era, he didn’t have a lot of competition his size.

  20. hardrock - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    r u a great lover like ur into sports

  21. RIch - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    You guys need to stop quoting stats from Wilt and Kareem from back in the 60s and 70s, and OScars triple double too. The league was run and gun back then and teams couldn’t shoot as well as they did now hence the insane stats you guys keep mentioning. Do yourself a favor and read up on how those stats were achieved, and start looking at real #s like % of pts scored or % of rebs grabbed from those eras. It was a faster paced game with less athletic players trhoughout the league , more missed shots more rebs available etc etc.
    The year Wilt led the league in assists was only because he set out to do so. It is well documented that he intentionally kept passing to shooters so that he could lead the league and chastised those players when they missed shots during the game. Wilt was a self absorbed jackass who cared MORE about his own stats then winning, hence Russells teams dominating his. Wilt just didn’t get it

  22. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Hes a better player than any of these wannabies out there on the court now…. Lebron sucks

  23. Anonymous - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    lets talk dirty

  24. Rudy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    If “unstoppable” is your standard, the ABA Dr J would’ve smoked MJ. But neither was on the scale of early-Lakers Kareem; I didn’t really like the “sky hook”, but it was simply undefendable. Wilt, though, was “stopped” by Russell more than once.

  25. Cali - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    I’m guessing that Dave hasn’t seen much footage of Bill Russell. Bill Russell dominated Wilt the Stilt, and everyone else. If you don’t think of Bill Russell as that type of player, you need to watch entire games of him playing. Although the final minute of a game is a wonderful highlight seen on every media outlet, there is sooo much more to a game. MJ was awesome, but Bill is the best. Not sure how in the world you would be Wilt over Bill, since they played head-to-head many times…..

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