Rodman says his Bulls team would easily beat Miami’s current group.
Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman believes that LeBron James would have been an “average” player if he participated in the NBA in the 1990s.
The controversial 52-year old also revealed his opinion that the current Miami Heat team would be no match for his Bulls group consisting of the likes of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Rodman won three NBA titles with the Bulls between 1996-1998, and believes that Jordan would average around 40 points per game in the NBA today.
However, he also somewhat contradicted himself by stating that the two periods are two different eras and he was sick of people comparing the superstars.
“It’s really not a comparison. If LeBron was playing in the late ’80s and early ’90s, he would be just an average player,” Rodman said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday.
He went on to add that Jordan had more charisma and was more articulating while there is “no flash” to James’ game. He did admit that the Miami Heat star is a great player, but doesn’t believe he comes close to the likes of Jordan and Pippen.
Rodman added that James came into the game at a perfect time, while during Jordan’s era players would get away with hitting each other and knocking them down while today all the stars do is complain about a foul.
Nevertheless, James will continue his bid for a second NBA championship when the NBA Finals 2013 resume on Sunday night, with Game 2 at the AA Arena.
The Heat lost the first game to the San Antonio Spurs, but will be fully focused on tying the series up as they go on the road for Game 3.
However, Rodman believes that if the current Miami group played his Bulls roster, there would only be one winner.
“It would be no contest. The Heat has better talent than we had, but we had smarter players.
“That’s the only thing we had, smarter players. … I would take Bosh out of his damn game easy. That’s not even a problem. And how would Dwyane Wade match up with Scottie Pippen? Really? And Scottie Pippen would guard LeBron easy. And how are you going to cover those two guys (Jordan and Pippen)?”
It is a conundrum that is consistently asked across the NBA world when comparing players from different teams and eras, but in Rodman’s opinion, there is no debate surrounding it.