Jordan eases up on trash talk, says “no offense” towards ex, current NBA stars


jordan-lawsuitMichael Jordan has recently made some comments in an interview for the “NBA 2K14” video game promotion. Jordan in particular said he believes he “wouldn’t lose” to such players as Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade.

Now, Jordan is easing up on the trash talk. After saying he believes he could have beaten LeBron James in a game of one-on-one when he was in his prime and joking that Kobe Bryant steals his move, Jordan said he meant no disrespect.

“You know I meant no offense to any of the guys I mentioned, right?” Jordan said to ESPN.com’s Michael Wilbon.

In addition to James, Jordan had said “I don’t think I would lose” against Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and maybe Bryant.

“Each person I mentioned feels he would win those battles, and of course those are the guys you think of,” Jordan told Wilbon. “Some of them I dreamed of playing when I got older, but they were past their primes by then.”

James and Bryant took the ribbing in stride.

James, who has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back championships, said that “it’s good for people to talk about.” Bryant tweeted that “I stole some of his [moves] … this generation stole some of mine.”

“I love what Kobe does, love him. And I love what LeBron does,” Jordan said. “It’s their stage now. It’s their time. I wasn’t saying that to go after any one of them. I wasn’t. But it’s being taken that way.”

Jordan seemed surprised that his bravado regarding one-on-one matchups created such a stir.

“It’s so much fun to talk about … but we can’t know,” he said. “We can never know, across generations. You imagine it. You think about what might happen, particularly with the guys you think are the best of the best and then say, ‘That was fun … but we don’t know.’ I said I ‘think’ I wouldn’t lose, and people are offended by that?”

Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, and 6-times the NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.

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