LAKE TAHOE, Nev. - Since LeBron James announced he was "taking his talents to South Beach," people have questioned what kind of impact that decision would ultimately have on his legacy. Some have argued that by joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, James has removed himself from the discussion of the game’s most elite players.
Michael Jordan, one of the best players ever, weighed in on the discussion at a celebrity golf outing in Nevada Sunday.
"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,'" Jordan said. “Things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six titles. And while he had Scottie Pippen, there is little question the Bulls were Jordan's team. Jordan said he had more interest in playing against the game’s best players, rather than with them.
“Obviously, when you look at the Dream Team, they were on my team and it wasn’t too much of a competitive thing,” he said. “I’m a competitive guy, and I like to play against competitive players.”
Another slight against James may have come as Jordan discussed how he would have liked to play against some of the elite players of the current era. During that discussion, Jordan did not even mention James in that group.
“I’m pretty sure that those guys (Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley), along with myself, wish that we could have played against the Kobe Bryants of this era and Tim Duncans of this era.”
Barkley also commented on free agency last week, saying that by going to Miami, James will never be considered in the same category as Jordan.
"He'll never be Jordan," Barkley told 790 the Ticket in Miami. "This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.
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