Michael Jordan: ‘No question’ I’d beat LeBron 1-on-1 in prime
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan has fanned the latest flames on the fiery LeBron vs. Jordan debate.
During a Q&A session at the Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jordan was asked if he thought he could beat Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James one-on-one if he were in his prime, according to Sports Illustrated.
“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.”
Jordan added that he’d rather face reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry over James in a potential one-on-one matchup.
“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,” Jordan said.
Curry won the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors last season. James, who faced Curry in the Finals with Cleveland, surpassed Jordan for ninth all-time in career playoff minutes played during Game 5.
According to Basketball Reference, Jordan is fourth all-time on the NBA scoring leaders list, behind Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James, 30, currently sits at 20th.