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at his prime? Tell me they either have a great sense of humor, don't know how good the man was, or they have confidence in spades. lol
Also, Anyone hear about Jordan taking MKG one on one and beating him?
Three of the eight players polled actually predicted they would defeat Jordan, though the comments by Duke-bound Matt Jones have enough false bravado to them that it appears he's kidding. There's no such obvious nuance to the quotes attributed to Kentucky-bound recruits Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison.
Said Johnson: "I’m taking him to the post every time. He’d stop me a couple of times, but I’d just keep going back down there. I’d just contest his jump shots and pray that he’d miss. I think in the end, I’d get him though. I’m too big down there."
Said Harrison: "I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets. Yeah, I think I’d get him."
A couple buckets here and there?! Seriously?!
Johnson is an elite center and Harrison is the nation's most coveted point guard, but the idea they'd get more than a bucket or two off early-90s MJ is laughable. After all, 50-year-old MJ reportedly had his way with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recently, and I'd take my chances with Kidd-Gilchrist against either Johnson or Harrison in a game of one-on-one right now.
From the blog The Dagger: Maybe they're not old enough to remember how ridiculously good Michael Jordan was. Maybe they misunderstood the question. Maybe they were just joking around and it didn't come through in print. Regardless, the answers some of the class 0f 2013's … Continue reading →
Michael Jordan still has game.
Something tells me they probably threw in AT HIS PRIME after the fact. They sound like they are talking about beating an old man Jordan. Even then I doubt they could but it makes sense that they think they could. Something doesn't make sense because Jordan in his prime would have both crying and begging for mercy by the end of a 10 point game by 1's in his prime. They'd have absolutely no F'ing chance.
This post was edited by tWhit 12 months ago
Andrew Harrison admitted last night in an interview on ESPNU's recruiting show that he didn't realize they meant in Jordan's prime when he answered the question.
Dakari Johnson said something similar on twitter as well.
That said, if you believe MKG couldn't take a 50 year old Jordan in a game of one on one I've got some property to sell you.
There's no way that was a serious one on one game. Notice that came up around the time of ESPN's big Jordan 50th birthday special. They likely put that out there for effect. Further's the Idea of immortality that they were trying to sell.
Jordan's been out of the game for a decade and is 50 years old. In a serious game he'd probably struggle to score a point against MKG.
Yeah put about 10K on that game and I think you get a different outcome. Jordan vs. MKG that is. But MJ would definitely score. He's still 6'6, big, physical, he'd just wear down pretty quickly.
Yeah, Jordan has lost a step and his endurance. But these kids have never seen Air Jordan play. They just don't have any real idea about who they are comparing themselves to at this point. How many times has the game been on the line in a "do or die" situation and everyone in the arena and watching on TV knows who is going to get the ball? Can anyone please tell me a player that was ever able to lock down Air Jordan? I'm getting older and somewhat forgetful of things at times but I can't come up with an answer.
I do have to commend both Dakari and Harrison for that level of confidence in their game. They are also ultra competitive. I do remember an article that was written about Jordan in which he confessed that he was cheat in a card game to beat his mother. It bothered him so terribly to lose at anything that it made him physically ill to do so.
I wonder if 25 years from now any player will have their brand still bringing in big $$$.
I still have a pair of unworn original Air Jordans and an unwore pair of Kentucky Dunks. And no I will not sale them at any price.
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