In today’s NBA news, Michael Jordan shared some insight on how he believes he would have fared against other NBA legends in games of one-on-one. Meanwhile, in Phoenix, Marcin Gortat greeted the media with his usual candor in regard to his future in Phoenix.
Jordan believes he would’ve beaten LeBron in one-on-one
In a recent interview with NBA.com’s Ahmad Rashad, Michael Jordan said he would have loved an opportunity to go up against certain NBA legends in games of one-on-one.
Jordan listed LeBron James, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade as players he believes he would’ve beaten.
“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said.
One superstar, however, that Jordan was unsure about was Kobe Bryant.
“…other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves,” Jordan added.
When asked who he thought was better between Bryant and LeBron James, Jordan avoided the question with a grin and replied, “Kevin Durant.”
Jordan later went on to clarify that in terms of total dominance, James held the edge over Bryant. However, in terms of championship drive, Bryant possesses a “curse” matched by only Jordan himself.
When told about Jordan’s interview today, James replied, “MJ said that?
“Absolutely, I thought about the matchup,” James added. “But no one would ever see it. It’s not going to happen. But it’s good for people to talk about.”
Marcin Gortat believes his days in Phoenix are numbered
Dave King of SBNation reports that Marcin Gortat is entering this season in Phoenix with little expectation of staying put.
“We all know what’s going to happen,” Gortat said to a crowd of reporters. “It’s a business. I totally understand that. I totally understand the situation”
“There’s no hard feelings. I will try to do everything that’s necessary to win basketball games, and whatever happens happens. I’m grateful for everything I had in this team.”
Gortat joined the Suns in December of 2010 and has been a productive starting center in the league ever since. In 2011-2012, Gortat averaged career highs in points and rebounds with 15.4 and 10.0, respectively.
With the Suns’ selection of Alex Len in the draft, Gortat understands the team is ready for a rebuilding phase. In fact, the 29-year-old said he would’ve selected Len as well if he was the GM.
“You would be dumb as a GM to not pick a guy like that,” Gortat said of the 20-year old. “He’s a 7’1″ center who can move, who can run, who can shoot the ball. He’s got a great touch around the rim. And quite honestly he’s got a super-bright future in this league. That’s the best pick.
“Even if you have a decent center on the team, I would still go for him. At the end of the day, you can always get something good for a center.”
The Suns will likely play Gortat extensively to start the season in an effort to boost his trade value. Don’t be surprised to see his name on the trade block within the first couple of months of the season.
Proven big men on expiring contracts are scarce in this league. And with Phoenix looking toward the future, they would likely receive a nice haul in a trade.