A competitor before the Eternal, Michael Jordan has never backed down from a high-flying duel against another all-time legend. A few years ago, he also revealed the 6 superstars, past or present, against whom he would have liked to measure himself if he had been able!
Considering the density of talent that could be seen in his time, there was no way he could back down from the big matchups that awaited him. Headliner of an NBA of the ’80s-’90s filled with legendary players, Michael Jordan managed to tame this enormous adversity to place himself as one of, if not the best player in the history of the league.
Nevertheless, even if he was able to gauge himself against several members of the all-time elite, Mike could not do so against all the most illustrious players who have passed through the circuit. Whether it is the oldest glories that paved the way for his generation, or the current stars, he will never be able to confront them. This did not prevent him from imagining these legendary duels!
The 6 prestigious face-to-face that Michael Jordan dreams of
If his media appearances have been rather rare in recent years, Jordan had agreed to answer questions from NBA 2K on the occasion of the release of the 2014 opus. Among them, one was about the player he would have liked to face during his greatest hours. Unable to limit itself to one name, His Airness had listed no less than six, and not the least!
If I was at my prime, who would I want to play one-on-one against? The list is very long. I would start with Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant in his prime, LeBron in his prime, D-Wade in his prime, Melo… That’s a good start. I don’t think I would lose, except maybe against Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves.
If he had to go through the same exercise today, not sure that MJ would include Carmelo Anthony in his cast. That being said, its casting remains ultra-flashy. First of all, he would see himself crossing swords with two legendary backs of the Lakers and the ’60s, namely Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. In either case, their scoring skills could eventually allow them to go the distance with their opponent.
Jordan does not forget the big names of the contemporary generation, with mentions of Dwyane Wade, but especially of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Two clashes of the titans that fans have been fantasizing about for years, but which unfortunately will never happen. All that remains is to use your imagination to settle the debates between all these icons!
Michael Jordan’s one-on-one wishlist? A pure timeless madness, which has enough to make any fan salivate. But also make them regret that the legend of the Bulls never met one of these players on the court during their prime!