Michael Jordan has revealed in a recent Q&A he could have beaten LeBron James in his prime one-on-one.
According to the bayareahq YouTube channel, MJ answered several questions in the Q&A session on Saturday night in Santa Barbara at his 20th Annual Basketball Camp: Michael Jordan Flight School.
These questions included who he prefers at coach between Phil Jackson or Dean Smith, who was the biggest trash talker he has ever gone up against, what he sees in Kwame Brown when he drafted him, and what he thought when Shaquille O'Neal said the five all-time greatest Lakers players could beat the five all-time greatest Bulls players.
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When Jordan was asked about Kobe Bryant and the advice he would give to him, it was greeted with uncomfortable laughter, but he then revealed their friendship.
He said: "Actually, Kobe and I are good friends. I like Kobe, we talk a lot, I hope he comes back healthy. I think he's one of the great players of the game, I think he's done a lot for the game, and he has a true love for the game of basketball. I absolutely have high regard for Kobe Bryant."
"Even though he stole all my moves, but that's OK. I still love him like a brother."
He also revealed if he could beat LeBron one-on-one in his prime.
He said: “This is the ESPN question. I know it's going to be all over ESPN. If I was in my prime, could I beat Lebron in a one-on-one game? No question. And he's going to say no question.”
When the 14-time NBA All-Star was asked if he had a chance to go one-on-one with Stephen Curry or LeBron, who would he chose, he said: "Right now or when I was in my prime? Right now? Well, I'd go against Stephen Curry because I'm a little bit bigger than him so I could back him in, but Lebron's a little bit too big.”
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Both LeBron and Jordan regard themselves as the greatest of all time. Jordan has more championships and All-Star selections so he has more supporting evidence, but James' career isn't over yet, so he has time to catch up. It's a tough question for any basketball fan to answer.