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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  48 responses

Michael Jordan Says He Would Beat LeBron James 1-on-1 in His Prime (UPDATE)


You’re never gonna believe this, but Michael Jordan remains as sociopathically competitive as ever. MJ, in a promotional clip for the NBA 2K14 video game that’s being released today, says that in his prime, he’d have beaten LeBron James (and others) in a one-on-one duel. As for beating Kobe Bryant, who considers himself the greatest mano-a-mano player ever? Jordan isn’t so sure. Per the AP: “… Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one – Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year’s game. ‘I don’t think I would lose,’ Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, ‘Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.’ Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest basketball player ever, has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game. The 50-year-old Jordan, who was a five-time league MVP, also shared the cover in 2012 with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This year will be the first time on the cover for James, a four-time league MVP who has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA championships.”

UPDATE: And here’s the clip, in which MJ also speaks on his influences on the court, the rules of trash-talking that he lived by and plenty more:

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    “Other than Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves” lol classic MJ

  • Nella

    Don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a promo designed to get attention for a game they have all promoted at one point. Did anyone expect him not to keep it real?

  • C.M.G

    he did keep it real

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    that should have been the title

  • Buschfire

    MJ, GOAT!!

  • IDK

    I really don’t think Mike would win, LBJ is 6’8 260 plus in a one on one setting half court. How’s Mike going to defend him if he got the ball first!? I always hear people say they are going to mentally attack him but if that doesn’t work you actually have to D this dude up and put up buckets ! I understand Mike is the GOAT but he won’t find much success trying to shake him on the perimeter. (i.e Derrick Rose in the playoffs) I can see a couple buckets coming from the post but not very many because he is 2inches taller and 25+LBS heavier.

    I would much rather watch Kobe and Mike play or LeBron play Scottie. Scottie may not have as much offense but in a half court I see him having a better shot locking him up than Mike

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr stole credit for those 5 titles LA won also. He’s always stealing something.

  • mike

    i never undserstood why kobe is alled HORRY JR? he does not look like robert horry, nor do they have similar games… seriously.. why ?

  • shockexchange

    SE is only repeating what the Streets is saying. The Streets don’t lie.

  • Dfrance

    He also stole something in Colo… nevermind.

  • shockexchange

    Speechless.

  • daBiz

    you guys are on fire today. keep it coming.

  • Roger Rogers

    ive seen MJ get triple teamed and still score on dudes around LBJ’s size. You act like he was the only 6’8 dude to ever grace the league.

  • zzz

    duh..the Argument is who would win 1 on 1..not on who will have a better resume/career..and that’s another debate..

    Jordan is correct, because he and kobe are the best 1 on 1 players.. Lebron is great but as an all-around player..

    MJ can shoot more consistently from outside..he can drive,, has great post moves and has a good dribbling skills..

    If Lebron develops that consistent jumpshot and better post moves then he might have a chance..

    Speaking of Kobe, he can just do it all..(long range, short range, shoots left and right hands, fadeaways, pull-up jumper, floater, hook shot, post moves, great dribbling skills, great footwork…nah, just watch Youtube)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyKgaeAoa-g

    enjoy!

  • Conor

    Well, there you all go.

  • Saleem Rainman

    So according to u he didnt keep it real, and LeBron cud beat him one on one? HA!

  • spit hot fiyah

    100+ comments waiting to happen

  • daBiz

    MJ, in his prime, didn’t shake — he sliced. And as he always did, he’d find a way to slice right pass LBJ in a one-on-one game. He’d definitely win. It shouldn’t even be in question.

    The real question is: Could MJ beat LBJ in a team setting? Making teammates better and overall team defense are the areas where the King arguably has an advantage over MJ. But scoring one-on-one is MJ all day. He’d beat anyone at that game.

  • dyop

    let the FRENZY Begin!

  • RKJ92

    LOL

  • shockexchange

    Cats tryna shoot the messenger.

  • Adam Webber

    Must have never seen MJ in his prime..MJ has the drive to wn tht LBJ will never have

  • RKJ92

    Think harder Mike.. what do Robert Horry, and Kobe Bryant have in common…

  • RKJ92

    STREETS ARE LOUD SHOCK.

  • Dfrance

    Lmao

  • daBiz

    MJ would beat Kobe too. As fans, we too often confuse “scoring diversity” with “scoring prowess.”

    kobe is diverse, no question about that. he really can score from anywhere. but MJ, until the very end of his Bulls days, was able to get anywhere he wanted to be on the court, which is why he constantly scored below the foul line. He had “scoring prowess.” No need to shoot fadeaway 3s if you can get layups and short Js consistently.

  • Love The Game

    You were cold as ice.

  • bike

    This has come up before. I say 50/50 split if they played ten games. LeBron’s got a bully ball component to his game that would wear anyone down.
    However, Jordan was the greatest one on one player in a game setting. His first step and head and shoulder fakes have not been duplicated by anyone and probably never will. Kobe tried, got close, but still comes up short.

  • LakeShow

    MJ always gives Bean respect. Gotta appreciate the GOAT dropping names.

  • shockexchange

    Respect? Nah, that was shade.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Great comment as far as MJ’s scoring prowess is concerned. MJ even in the Bull’s second 3peat was an incredible scorer. He lost a little athleticism but seemed to be much stronger and harder to push off the low block.

  • Wings23

    Hahaha that was “Cold Blooooooded”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APgrUnNQPQw

  • LakeShow

    He shaded him by saying that he could probably beat him 1 on 1…

    Yup.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not shade. but e seems to be protecting his legacy more than anything by giving only credit to the guy most like him, and then he qualifies it by saying kobe “stole” his move — like he didn’t get his from Dave Bing and Julius Erving? lol, it’s just a weird comment. even though he’s probably right.

  • shockexchange

    When he said Horry Jr stole all his moves, it was a sneak diss.

  • LakeShow

    It probably was. It was also huge praise coming from the GOAT.

  • Conor

    Jordan credited other players as being capable of giving him difficulty in a one-on-one scenario, though Bryant was the only one he acknowledged could defeat him.

  • Conor

    *though a prime Chamberlain/Abdul-Jabbar/O’Neal would be, technically, the obvious choices for greatest one-on-one players since they’d simply overwhelm their opponents.

    Jordan was complimenting Bryant’s skill more than anything.

  • bubblecat

    That was really funny just seeing the words “On twerking…” in that video.

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  • Evan Boland

    Lebron could not beat Jordan 1 on 1. FACT.

  • B!

    5 rings?

  • Maestro
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  • G3B

    hes the only 6’8 dude to EVER play the game the way he does

  • thebossman15

    you have never played a 1 on 1 before or if you have your probably the “hes 2 years older than me” or the “he only beat me cuz hes 3 inches taller and he only won by a point” type of dude. In a 1 on 1, 2 inches and 25 pounds means shit all especially when the skill differential is as huge of a gap as it is when you compare MJ or Kobe to Lebron

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