Originally written on Helmet and Pads Required  |  Last updated 5/22/13
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Here we go again……..more LeBron vs. Jordan talk. The other day at a Windows store at a location unknown at the time I’m writing this. Former Miami Heat big man, Alonzo Mourning was speaking in front of what looked to be a small crowd of Window Store employees. Mourning told a story of a conversation that supposedly took place between him and Former Chicago Bulls great, Scottie Pippen about who would win if LeBron James and Pippen’s former running mate, Michael Jordan were to face each other one on one. According to Mourning, Scottie said that LeBron would kick Jordan’s ass. Alonzo Mourning Video This statement drew cheers from the crowd Mourning was speaking too and Mourning proceeded to talk about how he agreed as LeBron is 265 lbs, and is like a freight train coming down the court. This commentary by Mourning was recorded by someone at the Windows Store and has somewhat gone viral. Yesterday, Skip Bayless and the crew over on "ESPN First Take" along with Jerry Stackhouse, put their 2 cents in on Scottie’s comment. Whether or not this conversation between Scottie and Mourning took place and Scottie actually uttered the words “LeBron would kick Jordan’s ass” has yet to be confirmed. However, just a year or two ago, Scottie did an interview in which he said as clear as day that LeBron was better than Jordan. 24 hours later, Scottie said he was mis-quoted. That said, number 33 has a history of talking “greasy” about the man who gave him 6 rings in double “3-Peat” fashion. So let’s run with this statement and chop it up here on HPR. Side Note: Someone ask Pat Riley how much I owe him for using his trademarked phrase “3-Peat” in this article. I’ll send a check. Hope he works on a payment plan. First question: “Who cares/why does it matter?” Does America still have some underlying hate for LeBron despite doing everything he can possibly do to shut up critics, that people are still trying to find a way to discredit his career before it has even ended?! Ya’ll do realize that LeBron hasn’t fully entered the prime of his career yet? If there are still people who hate LeBron for “The Decision”, he has apologized and acknowledged that it was the wrong way to handle his free agency period three years ago. Look…..Jordan is considered the greatest player to ever play the game and is in the process of becoming the worst owner/GM of a NBA franchise ever, while LeBron is the greatest ACTIVE player on the planet who the only question about him is “How many rings/gold medals and MVPs will he end his career with?” Comparing one player who has yet to write his final chapter in his playing career, and isn’t fully in his prime, to another player from another era and different position, who has written his final chapter in his playing career, is impossible to do. Yes, it makes great conversation at barber shops, ESPN and blog websites. However it’s “crazy talk” at this point and time. I will admit though….. Its hella funny to watch and listen to you cats under the age of 29 try to compare Jordan to LeBron considering ya’ll weren’t old enough to really see Jordan play. The only thing y’all know about Jordan are his shoes and what you hear your daddy, granddaddy or uncle talk about and often over exaggerate about. Second Question: “Why is it that Jordan is the only NBA great that all great NBA players are measured by?!” Anyone who can read and has taken the time to learn the history of the game would say that Bill Russell accomplished way more than what Jordan did. I am not saying Jordan isn’t great. But the first thing people who don’t know how to truly analyze players blurt out with pride is how many rings and MVPs Jordan has. Whelp, if rings and MVPs make a player great, Russell makes MJ look average. Russell has rings on top of rings along with MVP trophies. Oh! Lol…..and let’s not forget that the MVP trophy is named after Russell. As people in the inner city and white people trying to sound hip would say, “That’s real talk.” Third Question: “For blog entertainment purposes, who do I think would win between MJ & Bron?” To be honest….It’s really hard to say. Both players have strengths and weaknesses that would exploit and counteract each other’s weaknesses and strengths that would stalemate each other. Jordan would have major trouble with LeBron’s strength and size as LBJ is flat out a superior physical specimen. Besides Wilt and Shaq, no one has been as physically gifted as LeBron and you could say he is the most physically gifted ever to play the game. On the other hand, despite LeBron’s ability to guard just about anyone he wants, LeBron would have an issue with Jordan’s quickness. LeBron did lock down Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference Finals three years ago. However Rose doesn’t have the offensive repertoire that Jordan has so Jordan would still be affective against LeBron unlike other fast/quick players have failed. It would be neat if we could go back in a time machine and get MJ in his prime and set up a pay-per view event with Bron and MJ going at it one on one like Gatorade did in a commercial (Video) several years ago with old Jordan playing young Jordan one on one. Oh well…………….until that’s possible, we can only speculate and day dream about what would happen.
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