Jordan says he would beat West, Baylor, Lebron, Melo & Wade, but lose to Kobe

jordan-3In an interview with 2K Sports for today’s release of NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan spoke about the NBA, in particular about whom he would play one on one. Jordan gave out a few names, both whom he would beat, and whom he probably wouldn’t.

“If I was in my prime, who¬† would i want to play one on one… that list is very long, “Jordan said. “Start off with Jerry West, Elgin Baylor…Kobe Bryant in his prime, Lebron in his prime, Dwyane Wade in his prime, Carmelo Anthony. That’s a good start. I don’t think I’d lose. Other than Kobe Bryant, because he steals all my moves.”

Jordan took Bryant earlier this year in a question of which one he would pick. He also said James would not be as successful in Jordan’s era.

Speaking of today’s NBA, Jordan said it is all different now, as the game has changed.

“When I first got into the league, there were lots of tough guys, at least from my perspective… and I had to learn as every experience is a learning experience,” Jordan said, adding that it was a much more physical game than what it is today.

“You couldn’t walk across the lane without getting checked. Or the screens, the legal screens, holding. You always had to pay the price,” he said.

“If you were to go in, you’d know you’d get hit, pay the price. But, that’s part of the game, I am not going to be afraid to go inside – those are the things that today’s kids don’t even have a clue about, of how we had to grow and play,” Jordan said.

Jordan also recalled the players who influenced his basketball skills, naming Walter Davis, Dr J (Julius Erving), and David Thompson.

“Dr. J’s style was something that I absolutely loved, because he could control the ball with one hands. You know I have big hands, so in terms of being able to control the ball, be creative with it, to me that was intriguing, because very few people had big hands,” Jordan noted.

Being a trash talker during his playing days, Jordan was asked about it, and he even shared a story, that happened at his basketball camp.

“Oh there are rules of talking trash. I only talked trash to people that I knew – Patrick Ewing, Bird, Magic, those type of guys. But I never talked trash to people whom I didn’t know. And if they did – my game always did the talking,” Jordan said, then recalling a story that happened in his camp.

“This is something you could probably print. My camp, and there’s OJ Mayo – he was a top high school kid. I never met him. So in front of my camp, he starts his thing, saying “you can’t guard me”, you can’t do this, and I am in my camp, so obviously I can’t go on with him. So I stop the camp, and send the kids to bed. Then we go back to playing, he starts his thing about you can’t guard me, and then I said dude, you may be the best high school player, but I am the best player in the world. So from this point on it is a lesson, and from that point on, it was a lesson. He never won a game, I posted him up, and did everything I could. I don’t consider it trash, I consider it a fact.”

Jordan also went on to note that he’s not much into social networking, as he doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook, adding that he’s “old school”.

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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