In an interview to promote Tuesday’s release of “NBA2K14,” Michael Jordan argues that in his prime, he could have handled LeBron James one-on-one, but not Kobe Bryant.
But Michael Jordan being Michael Jordan, the 50-year-old did feel compelled to offer up one disclaimer to explain why he suspects Kobe would be the only player who could handle him mano-a-mano. And of course, the explanation was of the self-serving variety.
Just Michael being Michael, again.
Among other interesting comments in the interview, Jordan says in the video that there are a bunch of players he would have enjoyed matching up against one-on-one to see how he would measure up — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and lastly, James — who is this year’s cover boy — and MJ is pretty sure as far a King James is concerned, in his prime, he could have handled the Miami Heat superstar.
Kobe? Not so much. Maybe.
Speaking about LeBron, Jordan says, “I don’t think I would lose,“ but when discussing the Los Angeles Lakers veteran, MJ continues, “other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”
Zing. Did anyone really think that Jordan actually would freely admit that any player, even Kobe Bryant, could take him one-on-one without some kind of caveat? Ain’t going to happen.