Rodman: « If LeBron Was In NBA In Late ’80s Or Early ’90s, He’d Be Just An Average Player »


But Dennis Rodman, Jordan’s former Bulls teammate, doesn’t want to hear that LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan. To him, it’s a silly argument.


« If LeBron played in the late 80s or early 90s, he would be an average player, » said the Hall of Famer on the Dan Patrick Show.

The five-time NBA champion told the show that James is « a great player, a hell of a player, » but he said Jordan played in a much tougher time in basketball history.

« If Michael played today…really? » Rodman said on the Dan Patrick Show. « If he was playing today at 28, he would be averaging 40 points a game, probably more. I’m just sick and tired of people still comparing him to Michael Jordan. It’s a whole different era, man. »

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« Look at those teams (when I was playing), » Rodman said on the show. « Look at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Look at Golden State when they had Chris Webber and all those guys. If those teams back then could play now, they would kick anybody’s ass today. Are you kidding me? »

Oh, and how about if the 1990s Bulls – who won six NBA titles – played the Heat? Rodman is convinced his former team would go after the defending NBA champions.

« The Heat have more talent than we do, but we had smarter players, » Rodman told the Dan Patrick Show. « We would easily match up with the Heat. I would easily take (Chris) Bosh out of his game. It’s not even an issue. How would Dwyane Wade match up with Scottie Pippen? Really? Scottie Pippen would easily guard LeBron. How would you cover (Jordan and Pippen)? »

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And the former rebounding and defensive wizard said that in his heyday, he would have more than welcomed the opportunity to guard James.

« If I was 28 and guarding LeBron … are you kidding me? ». Rodman said. « If he scored on me, I’d be like, ‘OK, thanks. But guess what? Sooner or later, somebody’s got to win, somebody’s got to lose. And most of the time, I don’t lose. »


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