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Horace Grant says Michael Jordan could score 45 a game in today’s NBA

Oct 11, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Horace Grant is doing his best to add to the mythology of Michael Jordan… we all might as well join in. I’ve heard Jordan turned water into wine, slayed the Nemean lion, and along with Babe the Big Blue Ox dug the Grand Canyon.

Grant is with the Bulls in Rio for an exhibition game and was asked about the tiresome today’s heat vs. Michael Jordan’s Bulls comparison (please just make it stop). What did you think Grant would say?

Here is his quote, via the Chicago Tribune, which starts off well and ends up in tedious comparison land.

“No, you can’t compare (eras),” he said. “The rules have changed so much from our days and the Heat’s days. It was more physical back then. Today you can run around without getting touched. Today, Michael Jordan would average about 45 points.”

He’s right, you can’t compare eras.

Also, I have no doubt Jordan could score 45 a game now. If they really wanted to LeBron James, Kevin Durant, pre-injury Kobe Bryant and pre-injury Derrick Rose could as well. But what those guys know — what Jordan knows — is that you can’t win that way consistently. You have to get your teammates involved. Jordan would have.

I’m fully over the LeBron vs. Jordan comparison — we don’t know LeBron’s legacy because he’s still at his peak, but LeBron likely will never match Jordan’s resume; however that is separate from the better player argument, which is always eye of the beholder — but here is Grant’s comments about Scottie Pippen saying LeBron could be the greater all around player.

“Scottie was really drinking that day when he said that,” Grant said, drawing laughter. “You can’t compare anybody to Michael. You can compare, but Michael is the best player I’ve ever seen or ever played against. Not taking anything away from Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron or Carmelo (Anthony) or even DRose, but wait until those guys get through playing. Then you can say compare the two careers.”

Exactly. We shouldn’t have this discussion until LeBron’s career (or Kobe’s or anyone’s) is over. Not that it will stop any of you in the comments.

  1. davidly - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    You open the forum for the discussion as much as anyone else, Kurt.

  2. the1whothinks - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    seriously your tag is kb2408 and I’m supposed to take your comments as truth. We have never seen anyone physically like Lebron. Height and weight matches sure but when you take into account the athleticism, control, poise abilities and capabilities there is no comparison. Kobe and Jordan were physically mirrors but the edge is given 23. Ray Allen is built in same mold but his capabilities never matched up. Many painters paint, some are artists, but only a few create masterpieces…….

  3. fredagsedb - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    As a driving guard I’d much rather have to face hand-checking than zone or close to zone defenses.

    Back when MJ played you had to be able to touch your man or commit to a double team. Unless they doubled him they essentially couldn’t stop him from getting to the rim. That’s how he averaged 35 without a jumpshot beyond 15 feet.

    MJ would be great in any era. He would still be great in this era and LeBron would also still have been LeBron had he played 20 years ago.

  4. johngalt1783 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    The real question is would the Heat be a better team with Jordan in his prime rather than Lebron in his prime?

    I have no idea but it would be interesting if someone wrote a computer game making it so. A Heat led Lebron vs a Heat led Michael. Who would win? Sports games computer programmers get with it. I think you would have a hot game.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      If you put a prime Jordan on this Heat team they wouldn’t be as good. Jordan was a fantastic defender, but he couldn’t play David West or rotate down and defend other bigs occasionally. Also, Jordan couldn’t play the 4 offensively and stretch the defense with 3pt shooting nearly as well. Lebron covered so many holes because he’s 6’8″ and 270 LBs with guard quickness.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      I think if they had Lebron, Pippen would have been on a different team, or replaced by someone better/not as gifted. Legendary teams usually have legendary charisma, and the Bulls were a pretty well knit group.

  5. gmsingh123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Horace Grant has become addicted to crack? I hadn’t heard. On the other hand, it’s too bad we can’t have Marty McFly put LeBron in a time machine and watch how he performs after gets hit in the groin multiple times by the 90’s era Pistons.

  6. aysaepharn - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Exactly. We shouldn’t have this discussion until LeBron’s career (or Kobe’s or anyone’s) is over. Not that it will stop any of you in the comments. Then stop writing about it BEAT NUT!!!!!

  7. bybraithy - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The woosification of basketball has displeased me greatly over the years. Of which, Wade and Lebron are the posterchilds for the said woosification.

    • gmsingh123 - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      One of them just fell down when you said that.

  8. profoundtoo - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Jordan or LeBron or Kobe or the big O. Doesn’t matter. Who’s the man on the COURT TODAY! L.E.B.R.O.N. Jordan’s and the Big O are retired and Kobe is on the down slide of his career. Just enjoy the game as it’s played today. If you want to appreciate Jordan buy some of those 400 dollar shoes. If you want to appreciate Kobe buy his shoes (they ain’t winning nothing)! In 2013, it’s up to LeBron and the guys who lace them up today. Jordan is the current G.O.A.T. but his time has passed. Watch his old tapes. Stop hating on LeBron. He carries himself better than the majority of you when you were his age:)

  9. lemfaxx - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    What do you expect from the former player to say about his former leader… He is old and nothing… I can say my science high school teacher is better than harvard prof of today….

  10. raycharlesj - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    If Jordan could score 45 a game now then Wilt would outscore most teams all by himself and Kareem would have a field day too!!!

  11. kobeisabitchyoutube - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    i guess we can compare kobe now since his career is over. No he’s no jordan.

  12. drago2012 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Lebron is a good basketball player, but he is not a great basketball player. Jordan elevated the game to another level. Lebron is a gate keeper and that is it. He really plays like an old white guy. Due to his size and weight he always steam rolls over smaller players. He has no shot, only a white man flat footed shot. He has no cross over dribble and a go to shot. When he gets smacked in the mouth he usually backs of and gets rattled. Rose might be closest to MJ by the time his career is over. MJ has no equal and never, ever, never, never , ever will have!!!

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