Michael Jordan may be 50, but his confidence hasn’t suffered. If you ask MJ who the greatest MBA player of all time is he’d probably tell you “number 23,” without missing a beat.
The whole hoopla started on Monday when Lebron James told the media he strives to be the greatest player that ever played on the hardwood. There’s no question Lebron is the greatest player on the court right NOW, but greatest player ever to play basketball is a different competition.
In a different media interview on Tuesday by Ahmad Rashad promoting the NBA 2K14 video game, Michael Jordan said he wished he could have played against Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Jerry West, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and James (no love for DRose from MJ).
He then went on to say that in his prime he believes he could have won one-on-one against Lebron James, but not necessarily Kobe Bryant because, “he steals all of my moves.” Said of course with a big MJ million dollar smile.
The two NBA stars took to twitter to deliver their responses (James’ response was tweeted by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst):
In your opinion, who is the greatest NBA player of all time?
If you missed the media hoopla the past few days, the legendary Michael Jordan turned 50 years old this weekend. As this basketball icon was celebrating his day of birth being showered with TV specials illustrating his unbelievable career, AARP gave MJ the greatest gift of all- a big slap in the face reminding him he’s over the hill and retired. Forget the cover of Sports Illustrated highlighting the talented athlete he is – instead he gets his membership to AARP and lands the cover of AARP Magazine. MJ officially gets his senior citizen discount.
Did you know AARP Magazine is the largest circulated magazine in the United States? So TECHNICALLY it’s a bigger honor that Sports Illustrated. I bet the non-egotistical best basketball player of all time was just thrilledto receive this honor…#airgoesAARP
Well Happy Belated Birthday MJ. You were absolutely my favorite player of all time. Let’s end on a positive note and honor #23 the way we should.
Sports Illustrated just released their top 100 greatest sports photos of all time and some Chicago icons made the list. I feel like a proud mama bear when my city is represented in top lists! Here’s who made the cut:
Coming in at 81: Michael Jordan, All-Star Weekend, Feb. 6, 1988, Photo By Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Coming in at 50: The one, the only Dick Butkus, St. Louis,Sept. 28, 1969, Photo By Neil Leifer/SI
Drum roll please….The number one greatest picture of all time: Michael Jordan’s buzzer beater against the Utah Jazz, Game 6, 1998 NBA Finals, Photo By Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images. Doesn’t get much better than that ladies and gents.
I don’t mean to live in the past, but this picture is awesome 🙂
Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher (now on the OKC Thunder) of the LA Lakers have nothing on the real big three. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman (we’re going to ignore his current status for the purposes of this article) circa the 1990s Chicago Bulls dynasty will forever resonate in my mind as the best trio in the NBA.