Jordan Gives Piece on LeBron Decision

Given the chance, would Michael Jordan have done a LeBron James by agreeing with the likes of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to play on one team? Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, said there was no way he would have agreed to join forces with his toughest competitors.

“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team,” Jordan said in the latest criticism of the much-ballyhooed free agent movement this year that saw James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade come together in Miami.

However, Jordan said the situation today and during his time was different. “Things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”

James’ “Decision,” which was aired live by ESPN, was criticized for its pomposity, with NBA commissioner David Stern calling the move “ill-advised.”