Jordan, Barkley Chime In On LeBron

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07.20.10 11 Comments

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley competed in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament over the weekend, but the real story in Lake Tahoe was Ray Romano’s hilarious jokes. Just kidding, nobody cares about Ray. But NBC still cares about LeBron James signing with the Miami Heat and his good friends Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, so reporters asked the two legendary former NBA stars what they thought about this union of epic *fart noise* proportions, and they each gave their opinion, albeit in dissimilar fashions.

Jordan, the consummate gentleman and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, recognized that there’s a difference between the LeBron NBA* and the Jordan NBA, and while he doesn’t necessarily agree with how James, Wade and Bosh have done things, he doesn’t fault them either. But he also didn’t hold back in whipping it out, measuring it and reminding everyone that he’s Michael F-ing Jordan.

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“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry (Bird), called up Magic (Johnson) and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team,’ ” Jordan said on NBC after playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada.

“But that’s … things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”

BOOM! In your face, LeBron! Well, not really. Jordan’s comments are true nonetheless, because he, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson would have never played together because of loyalty to their teams and the difference between exposure and the global market between now and then. And, of course, there’s the whole competitive aspect.

Barkley, on the other hand, just thinks the way that LeBron made his announcement, via ESPN’s The Decision, was “ridiculous.” However, earlier in the week he told 790 the Ticket in Miami a bolder opinion of the Miami Thrice.

“He’ll never be Jordan,” Barkley told 790 the Ticket in Miami earlier in the week. “This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.

“There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as ‘The Man’ … LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team.”

Meanwhile, when reached for comment Karl Malone pulled out his cell phone and yelled, “Hello? Miami Heat? Why yes, I’d love to come play for you!”

*We all know it’s the Kobe NBA

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