Weekend Rundown: Michael Jordan on LeBron, the Zen Master and Kobe

In 2015, Michael Jordan is no longer draining game winners nor is he winning MVP awards and amassing championship jewelry. Nevertheless, the greatest NBA player of all time- according to many- and the Charlotte Hornets owner, still finds himself the center of attention. Like Moses, whenever Jordan speaks his voice seems to tremble the earth below making rivers run north.

When Jordan was playing for the Bulls and Wizards he was never shy about his opinion but he was often measured. He knew the when and the why, that everything he was thinking didn’t have to be in some newsman’s column. It was a function of Jordan’s intelligence to understand that certain opinions need to be kept private. For Jordan, in his playing days, the stakes were even higher. Jordan was a capitalist’s best friend, his voice on behalf of corporate America a regular drone in popular culture. Still, Jordan had to be careful not to offend any particular group.

But, three decades later no such barriers remain. Ask and he will answer.

On LeBron James: He would beat him in a game of one-on-one. “No question.”

On Phil Jackson: If given a choice Jordan would choose Dean Smith over Phil. “Dean Smith helped me become the basketball player I am today. Phil was lucky because I was taught the game by Dean Smith.”

On Kobe Bryant: “Kobe and I are great friends. I like Kobe, we talk a lot. I hope he comes back healthy. I think he’s one of the great players in the game. Even though he stole my moves, I love him like a brother.”

On Larry Bird: “He talks a lot of trash. Good trash, though, not dirty trash. Good trash.”

On Why Kwame Brown: “I, along with everyone who was in that draft room, wanted Kwame Brown because of his athleticism, his size, his speed. He was still a young talent.”

If not Basketball or Baseball then what?: “I always wanted to be a weather man. Don’t laugh. But that’s what I really wanted to do. So If I wasn’t playing basketball or baseball, I was going to tell you what the weather was going to be like tomorrow.”

 

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