Old men are always talking about their prime. They often say in my prime I could have done this or that. They revel in the memories of their glory days, but it is sad. Jordan said in reference to James “I don’t think I would lose,” he said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” So when Michael Jordan says he could have beat LeBron James in his prime he does not appear to be strong he simply appears to be old.
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Michael Jordan says he could have beat LeBron James in his prime…it’s official Michael Jordan is an old man
It is interesting to hear 20 years later why Isiah Thomas was left off the Dream Team. Thomas was part of the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons and in 1991 when the Chicago Bulls finally beat them for a chance to go to the finals Thomas lead his troops off the court before the final buzzer. It was a classless act that caused Thomas to miss the chance to be in the Olympics. Michael Jordan joined the team, but only if Thomas was not part of the team. So what’s the moral of the story? think befor you act. Don’t allow your emotions to control you. Because Thomas did not heed this advise and now he can only say I wish I had stuck around for the final buzzer 20 years ago, but hindsight is 20/20 and you can’t change the past.
I will start this post by saying I loved Michael Jordan during his playing days. He had a passion for the game that you rarely see. When he retired he had 6 championship rings, and he brought teammate Scottie Pippen along on the journey. So it was disheartening to hear his former teammate trash him this morning. On ESPN this morning Pippen said the following “Michael Jordan’s probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far as to say that LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he’s so potent offensively,” Pippen said. “Not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved and you have to be on your Ps and Qs on defense because no guy on the court isn’t a threat to score when (he’s) is out there. But not only that but LeBron James will dominate the game offensively, but he’s also doing it on the defensive end and that makes him the complete package.” You have to wonder did he actually hear himself. He is saying that James who is currently ringless is better than MJ who has 6 rings. Really Scottie, you should know better.
I have been a Michael Jordan fan since he started his career in Chicago. He was truly art in motion. He had extreme talent and the ability to carry the entire team on his back. He is a legend and he has earned his place in the Hall of Fame, but Saturday night he also earned his way into the Hall of Shame. He went through his career and highlighted the high points and the low points. He praised those that saw and nurtured his talent but he struck hard at those who he felt had wronged him. This really was not the venue for the airing of old dirty laundry. He made himself look small and delusional when he talked about a comeback at 50. He said he had the ability to do it not that he would. Jordan could not keep up with a 19 year old or 20 year old. Yes he’s an old fox and could probably teach them some tricks but Jordan is a part of the glorious past and the only thing his speech did was make him look like a bitter old man not the star of the court that we all adored.