Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  30 responses

Carolina Panthers’ DE Greg Hardy Says He’d Beat LeBron James 1-on-1

You often hear football players speculate that LeBron James could dominate in the NFL had he chosen to play there instead of the NBA. It’s very rare that a football player says he could challenge LBJ on the court. Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy seems to think he could. Per the Charlotte Observer: “I knew Hardy was once a basketball player at Ole Miss, and I knew he thought of himself as a pretty good one. I wanted to see how he thought he’d stack up against LeBron James, the reigning NBA MVP and considered by many to be the greatest active basketball player on the planet. Below is a transcription of our 2-minute conversation, while he was wearing a camo Miami Heat hat, no less. Q: If you went 1-on-1 with LeBron who would win? A: ‘How should I answer this question? … I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player.’ Q: Why? A: ‘I’m a beast.’ Q: He’s pretty good too, though. A: ‘What’s your point? Everyone says he can go to the NFL and play defensive end, who says I cant go to the NBA?’ Q: I’m not saying you can’t. I’m asking, why do you feel so confident that you’d beast LeBron James in a game of 1-on-1? A: \I’m not saying I would beast him, but I would definitely win. I got a good shot, I got good handles, I got good size (6-foot-4, 275 pounds). I feel that we match up pretty well. I was a defensive player in college.’ Q: Doesn’t he have about four inches on you? (LeBron is 6-foot-8, 250 pounds.) A: ‘Maybe. I got like a 39-inch vertical. I’m a little bulkier too. But nobody knows I got hops.’ Q: Didn’t you dunk on an 11-foot goal this summer? (Editor’s note: It was a 10-foot-3 goal.) A: ‘I got drastic hops. I feel I have a lot of the same tools he has and it would come down to who was the better basketball player.’ Q: If y’all played to 11 by ones, who would win and what would be the score? A: ‘I would still win. Probably 11-9.’ Q: Oh, so it’d be a tight game? A: ‘Yeah, it would be a tight game. I’m not saying I would dominate him. That was a joke. I feel like I’d definitely win. I think there’s a game there. I don’t think that I’m trash and I don’t think that he’s trash. I think it’d be two dominant athletes playing and I’d come out on top.’”

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  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Wow and hear i was discussing 1 on 1 lbj vs mj. I’ve a better question what current NBA player could take kimbo slice in a bare knuckle fight.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Thanks for the laugh Greg, and thanks Charlotte Observer for kind of calling him out for making such a ridiculous claim

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Metta World Peace.

  • Dfrance

    He knows he doesn’t stand a chance. Probably just looking for a photo/video op with the Kang. If he was a “defensive player” in college, it means he was a scrub.

  • Fresh

    I think I can beat Mike Tyson

  • J-Man357

    cocaine is a hell of a drug…………….

  • Saleem Rainman

    What do you think about the middle east conflict?

  • Fat Lever

    Someone get this dude a concussion test, stat!

  • spit hot fiyah

    get ready to pee in the cup greg hardy

  • fruizm

    “He’s pretty good too, though” HAHA

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I will address the questions as best as I can remember:

    The tragedy that occurs in the Middle East is caused by oppression that has no justification. With time those who oppress will be held accountable.

    I like all food that I am able to acquire for sustenance but I like certain foods more than others. I like cheese with broccoli and tomatoes on pizza.

    Enes kanter with time and work with Hakeem will reach all star

    Lakers won’t make the playoffs

    We are closer than you think but I will not battle you unless you want

  • Saleem Rainman

    lmao. i gotta say, ur presence on here is slowly but surely becoming enjoyable.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Enjoy today time is short.

  • Saleem Rainman

    right back atcha.

  • pposse

    this is really starting to piss me off that Slam didn’t post the most recent revelation from Lebron James

  • The Seed

    Lebron James is not a one on one player, people.

  • pposse

    did you see this espn interview where Lebron admits ‘he is afraid to fail’?

  • Evan Boland

    He’s got a better shot beating Bron than Bron does beating Mike

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yeah I think you could smash his fists with your face for days…

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    at what? bingo?

  • thebossman15

    that guy is a clown, but so are 90% of the people who comment on slam and think lebron is some special type of 1 on 1 player

  • Caboose


  • Caboose

    He could still beat 90% of the NBA one on one and 99.999999999999% of the world’s population.

  • Dagger

    90% of the NBA? There are maybe a few players in the NBA who can beat him. He can score from anywhere on the court, play incredible defense, and he can handle the ball extremely well for someone his size. Add to that his speed and athleticism, and I really don’t know where this “Lebron can’t play 1v1″ meme has come from.

  • Caboose

    I was being EXCEPTIONALLY conservative. There are a couple guys who I think COULD beat him 1 on 1. I doubt there is anyone who could beat him in a best of 10. But, beat him once? Idk, maybe 10 guys?

  • robb

    I’m tired of this kind of stories

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    jalmer stoienca jalmer stoienca jalmer stoienca

  • Saleem Rainman

    voice ur opinion

  • Angel of Stern

    hey caboose if there is still a spot in that fantasy ball league you got set up send me an invite at mitchrose205@ymail.com

  • fruizm

    Kinda gay…