Earlier today we showed you the video of Michael Jordan declaring his theoretical dominance over any player, living or dead, in a game of one-on-one. Although he did say that Kobe Bryant might beat him, because Kobe stole all his moves.
Now Kobe and LeBron James have responded.
LeBron on MJ saying he could beat him 1-on-1 in their primes: "MJ said that? I've thought about the matchup but no one will ever see it."
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 1, 2013
Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013
Quite diplomatic of them both … although Kobe’s was the more pointed of the two. LeBron just basically says that he’s not going to get worked up over something that will never happen, unless someone builds an actual working hot tub time machine.
Of course no one brings up the obvious point: that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his prime beats anyone, including Jordan. As we saw in “Enter the Dragon”, he has the speed, agility and height to shut down anyone. As we saw in “Airplane!”, he has the killer instinct (“LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA …”). And as we saw in every game he played wit the Lakers, no one stops the sky hook.