HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Could the greatest of our time best the greatest of all-time in a game of one-on-one?
We’ll never really know. But it’s fun to debate it as training camps around the league kick off. It’s fun to speculate about the individual matchup Michael Jordan would have with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and, of course, Kobe Bryant.
Jordan said he “wouldn’t lose,” except to maybe Bryant, who Jordan said “stole all of his moves.”
Did anyone really think MJ would believe that anyone could top him in a on-on-one game (or at anything else for that matter)? Didn’t think so.
The responses from both LeBron and Kobe were about what you’d expect as well.
“MJ said that? I’ve thought about the matchup, but no one will ever see it and it’s not going to happen,” James said ”It’s good for people to talk about.”
Are there more important things to talk about right now? That depends on where you are and whether or not you are willing to even entertain the thought of someone beating MJ.
Russell Westbrook is out for another month or more after a second procedure on that torn right meniscus that cut short his and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff run last season. And we’re definitely on Derrick Rose watch here at the hideout. All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are sharing the marquee in Houston (we’ll see how well they share everything else, including responsibility for things going well early on this season). And if you haven’t seen the parade of hilarious media day photos from around the league, you are missing out. So there is no shortage of worthy storylines for us to pursue right now. But some debates are simply too good to pass up. So we talked about all that and more on Episode 132 of the Hang Time Podcast … Camp Chatter!
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