MJ claims that he wouldn’t lose a one-on-one against LeBron.
Both LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have responded to comments from Michael Jordan, who claimed that only the latter would beat him in a one-on-one situation.
Speaking during a promotional event for NBA 2K14, Jordan was asked for his opinion on how James and other players in the modern era would stack up against him in a one-on-one situation.
“I don’t think I would lose. Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves”, he responded.
While that can be taken as a quip at both individuals, James and Bryant both replied but weren’t interested in blowing it up into a major talking point.
“MJ said that? I’ve thought about the match-up but no one will ever see it,” James told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers star Bryant took to Twitter to deliver his own response to the comment about him perhaps copying a number of Jordan’s moves.
Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013
While this will inevitably begin conversation and comparisons between the stars, the idea of comparing players from different eras is generally accepted as a farcical process.
With changes in the way the game is both regulated and played, it is a thankless task to decide upon who is the greatest ever, and ultimately it will come down to individual opinion on where preferences lie.
Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, but it remains to be seen whether or not James can continue to add to his burgeoning collection of trophies.