A day after LeBron James renewed his vow to become the greatest player in the history of basketball, the undisputed greatest of all time said he could have bested James in his prime.
In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that is being released today, Jordan said there's a long list of players he wishes he could have played one-on-one, including James, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Kobe Bryant.
"I don't think I would lose," Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, "Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves."
Jordan was also asked whether Bryant is better than James, whose image graces the cover of NBA 2K14. Jordan demurred, then jokingly suggested Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant is better than both of them.
Jordan is a notoriously competitive and driven individual, who never lets a slight go unnoticed. He spent his Hall of Fame induction speech ripping the high school coach who left him off the varsity team in high school along with other rivals from his NBA days. So it is not surprising that he would be taking a shot at James, who has been continually praised for elevating his game as a member of the Heat over the past three seasons.
On Monday during the Miami Heat's Media Day, James reflected on his career, saying, "I want to be the greatest of all time." Though he said he is "far away from it," James countered that "I see the light."
Having won 4 NBA MVP awards and two championships (with a pair of NBA Finals MVPs to boot), James is on his way to matching Jordan's impressive hardware collection. He won six championships, five MVPs, and six Finals MVPs, plus a Defensive Player of the Year award.
James and the Heat open training camp in the Bahamas on Tuesday. Their first preseason game is on October 7, with the regular season opener on October 29 at home.