Damn, with MJ’s 50th birthday around the corner there is non-stop Joran talk…and I love it!
I’ll say this again though – I wish people would stop comparing LeBron to Jordan. No one will ever be Jordan. Please celebrate LeBron for LeBron and all that he is accomplishing on his own (and that goes for Kobe too!).
Now with that said…yesterday the big news was that Jordan picked Kobe over LeBron and now we have a little something more to add to that. In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, he says that only 4 modern players could play in the ’90s. Can you guess who they are?! Check it out…
Via Matt Moore at CBSSports:
Citing tougher competition and different rules, Jordan lists four players who could play in his era and questions even the mighty LeBron.
JORDAN PLAYS his new favorite trivia game, asking which current players could be nearly as successful in his era. “Our era,” he says over and over again, calling modern players soft, coddled and ill-prepared for the highest level of the game. This is personal to him, since he’ll be compared to this generation, and since he has to build a franchise with this generation’s players.
“I’ll give you a hint,” he says. “I can only come up with four.”
He lists them: LeBron, Kobe, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki.
When someone on TV compares LeBron to Oscar Robertson, Jordan fumes. He rolls his eyes, stretches his neck, frustrated. “It’s absolutely … ” he says, catching himself. “The point is, no one is critiquing the personnel that he’s playing against. Their knowledge of how to play the game … that’s not a fair comparison. That’s not right … Could LeBron be successful in our era? Yes. Would he be as successful? No.”
— What do you guys think?!