Dennis Rodman On LeBron: “In the 80’s or 90’s, he’d be average.”
In just over three months, Dennis Rodman was the highest-profile American to ever have an audience with North Korea’s political hierarchy, then returned to the states and finished in ninth place on Celebrity Apprentice.
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A couple weeks after Alonzo Mourning said that Scottie Pippen told him that LeBron was the best player ever, Pippen’s former teammate Rodman disagreed, and, had Jordan’s back in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.
“To do what Michael has done. What he did was more charisma, was more articulate and stuff like that,” Rodman said. “LeBron’s more like boom. There ain’t no flash to his game. He’s a great player, don’t get me wrong — he’s a helluva player given his size and that. But to me, Scottie and Michael is probably the best 1-2 punch I’ve ever seen.”
Then the conversation turned to the present era and style of players, versus the era where Pippen and Jordan were teammates on arguably the greatest team ever assembled.
“If LeBron was playing in the late ’80s or early ’90s, he’d be just an average player,” said Rodman. “If Michael played today … really?” he said. “If he played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game, probably more. He would average that, easy. I’m just sick and tired of people always comparing him and Michael Jordan. It’s a whole different era, man. Back then you could hit people, knock ’em down, take your free throw, get back up,” Rodman said. “And LeBron, you can’t do that. All they’re doing today is bitching. Bitching about a foul. All they do is bitch.”
Rodman briefly talked about how he would defend LBJ.
“If he scored on me, I’d be like OK, thanks. But sooner or later, somebody’s got to win, somebody’s got to lose. And I don’t lose.”
The MJ vs. LBJ argument will probably never end. And every time the comparison is made, some Lakers fan somewhere says aloud to no one in particular, “What about Kobe?”
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