The most dominant perimeter player in the NBA is always going to get compared to Michael Jordan. It is both a blessing and a curse, as being mentioned in the same conversation with MJ is an incredible honor, but many of his accomplishments are impossible to live up to.
LeBron James is the latest superstar to receive endless comparisons to Jordan, and there have been some spirited public debates on the matter.
Dennis went on to say, "Scottie Pippen would guard LeBron easy," and that "If [Michael Jordan] played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game or more." According to Rodman’s old-school logic, Jordan probably would have been a .300 hitter for the White Sox had he taken his professional baseball sabbatical in 2013.
There is obviously quite a bit of "back in my day" going on here, and it should come as no surprise that Rodman is taking an extreme stance on the subject. Alonzo Mourning stated three weeks ago that Pippen believes "LeBron would kick Michael’s ass." The players of Jordan’s era clearly have different opinions on the matter, and as usual, Rodman’s word should not be taken too seriously.
Jordan was incredible 20 years ago. LeBron is incredible now. If they played at the same time, they both would still have been incredible.
These debates carry on so fervently because there will never be a conclusive answer. Was Wilt Chamberlain a better player than Shaquille O’Neal? Unless a time machine is invented, there never will be any real proof one way or the other.
It might be better this way and it might not, but it is important to not get too caught up in comparing today’s superstars to the all-time greats. LeBron James is a special talent unlike any player we have ever seen before, and we should not curb our appreciation of him with pointless comparisons to Michael Jordan.
But, if you’re in the LA area and you want to discuss the subject with Rodman, here’s your chance. Best to get to him before he takes his talents to DC, according to his buddy, who’s another respectable source of information.
Everyone in LA go see me buddy dennis @dennisrodman at Long Beach convention ctr tommorrow from 12-2.will be elected to D.C. someday