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Michael Jordan: I Could Beat LeBron One-on-One, But Not Kobe

Photo by hiphopwired.com.

Photo by hiphopwired.com.

It’s not exactly the LeBron James-Kobe Bryant debate that fueled a heated debate a few years ago, but Michael Jordan inadvertently contributed to it while promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday.

Jordan said he would have beaten a long list of players he would liked to have played while they were each at their peak, including LeBron James, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.

“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan, 50, said in the video.

One player he said he was not certain he could defeat is Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. He could beat all comers “other than to Kobe Bryant,” Jordan said, “because he steals all of my moves.”

James said he has wondered how that one-on-one match would go.

“MJ said that?,” the Miami Heat superstar said after practice in the Bahamas. “I’ve thought about the match up, but no one will ever see it and it’s not going to happen. It’s good for people to talk about.”

Meanwhile, Bryant said on Twitter of Jordan’s comments: “Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine .”

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