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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant respond to Jordan’s one-on-one comment

Oct 1, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

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We told you about this while you were having your morning coffee — Michael Jordan did an interview promoting NBA 2K14 (in stores now) and was asked about playing LeBron James and other players of this era one-on-one if he were still in his prime. It was a softball question. What did you think Jordan would say?

“I don’t think I would lose. Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”

LeBron was asked about this Tuesday at Heat training camp (in the Bahamas, rough life) and his first reaction was to laugh that Jordan made the comment while promoting “his game” (remember LeBron is on the cover this year). Then LeBron said, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Kobe took to twitter, too.

Kobe and LeBron are kind of treating MJ like you treat your drunk uncle at Christmas telling you how much better the NBA was back in his day. As they should. The game evolves, the players evolve and the league evolves with it — better is your subjective decision based on your preferences and what is imprinted on your neurons. Comparing players across eras in the NBA is generally farcical.

Jordan can say he’s win one-on-one, maybe he would. But that he is that competitive and protective of his legacy at age 50 is something today’s players should have a laugh about.

  1. shawnc16 - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Kurt Helin writes articles like he is a Lebron Groupie. I wish someone else would write those articles because he is so biased.

  2. jzone954 - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Here’s an idea, why doesn’t Jordan get
    On the court with either of them now at 50+ and weighing 270 and let’s see if Michael “still has it”…..

    • jollyjoker2 - May 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      shaq would beat them all as he would just roll over them.

  3. silvertong1960 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    the only thing Jordan and Kobe have left to hang on is the number of rings they have . the man with the most rings never get on here and talk about how he could beat somebody how he could defend a player he never played against and never will . u never hear the man with more than any of them even get in discussions like this . it would take all 6 of Jordan’s and all 5 of Kobe’s just to equal up to his but u never hear him bragging putting down the players who came after him saying what they can’t do . Jordan , take a lesson from Bill Russel and sit your butt down and just enjoy the game . u had your time and its over and Kobe , u r slidin on that banana peel !

    • bklyn221 - May 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      well said, SILVER

    • 1historian - May 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      “If you’ve got it – flaunt it!!”

      Wrong

      “If you’ve GOT IT – you don’t have to flaunt it!”

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    LOL @ Jordan being the drunk uncle during Christmas!!

  5. kobeisabitchyoutube - May 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Has anyone this generation tried stealing kobes best move of hogging the ball?

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