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: