Michael Jordan Says 'No Question' He Could Defeat LeBron James in His Prime

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Michael Jordan Says 'No Question' He Could Defeat LeBron James in His Prime

Arguably the greatest basketball player ever or the King?

Published August 10, 2015

Michael Jordan's confidence remains at an all-time high.

Speaking at his 20th annual Michael Jordan Flight School camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Saturday, the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion fielded a bunch of questions from his young campers.

When asked if he could beat LeBron James one-on-one in his prime, Jordan answered as one would expect a legend to.

"No question!" Jordan said with impact, throwing his young audience into a frenzy.

Oddly enough, when asked earlier in the Q&A session if he could defeat James, 30, right now at the age of 52, Jordan admittedly offered: "LeBron is a little bit too big."

Yes, 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds of King James would be hard for a 6-foot-6, 216-pound Jordan to stop now or even in his prime, but who's brave enough to bet against MJ? While it's all hypothetical at this point, just imagine how that one-on-one would go.


Other jewels from the Q&A session included Jordan saying a team of Chicago Bulls greats would "kill" a squad of Los Angeles Lakers legends when asked for his take on the Shaquille O'Neal-Scottie Pippen Instagram exchange in which they argued the same thing.

Another crowd-pleasing answer was Jordan's response to what kind of advice he'd give Kobe Bryant.

"Actually, Kobe and I are good friends. I like Kobe, we talk a lot, I hope he comes back healthy," Jordan said. "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," Jordan joked. "I still love him like a brother."

Only one Jordan.

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(Photos from left: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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