Michael Jordan says he'd take Kobe over LeBron if it somehow ever actually came to that
It should be stressed that Michael Jordan will never have his choice of LeBron or Kobe in any possible realistic pro basketball scenario. Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The likelihood of the Charlotte Bobcats meriting free agent visits from LeBron James or Kobe Bryant is the likelihood of Naomi Watts texting me in the next ten minutes asking for a Valentine's bang and an Oscar date.
But he is Michael Jordan, and we have been having this very argument amongst ourselves for an entire decade. In the advance remarks from Jordan's interview with Ahmad Rashad, Air Jordan speaketh: "If you had to pick between the two, that would be a tough choice, but five beats one every time I look at it, and not that he (LeBron James) won't get five, he may get more than that, but five is bigger than one."
"Five" and "one" refer to each player's current number of championships, of course.
Jordan and Bryant actually played against one another, as their NBA careers overlapped from 1996-98 when Jordan was a Chicago Bull, and from 2001-03 when Jordan was a Washington Wizard. So the two have played on the same court.
LeBron James has already responded to Jordan's remarks, telling ESPN, "It doesn't matter to me." Oh, it definitely matters to LeBron.
"Jordan was my superhero growing up," James once told Sports Illustrated. "He was the guy I feel helped me get to where I am today." James wore the number 23 all through high school, and the first six years of his pro career -- until claiming that no one should ever wear No. 23 again, out of respect for Jordan. James has kept a Photoshop of himself playing against Jordan as his smartphone wallpaper.
The interview will air in full on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, the day after Jordan's 50th birthday. Later in the evening, NBA TV will also broadcast an hour-long interview with Charles Barkley. Barkley turns 50 this Wednesday.
If I were LeBron, I'd have said, "Tell Jordan I'd take Barkley over him any day."