Ex-Bulls on Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Give it a rest
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 12, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:54AM
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Michael Jordan-LeBron James comparisons are alive and well, even in Brazil, where basketball is an afterthought to soccer.
Former Bulls Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Randy Brown and John Paxson met with the media at the HSBC Arena before the preseason game Saturday against the Washington Wizards and tried to put them to rest.
“I think we get caught up in trying to compare rather than appreciating what we saw in Michael Jordan and what we’re seeing with LeBron James right now,’’ Paxson said.
Pippen has said that James has a better all-around game than Jordan, but he took the politically correct way out this time.
“There is no comparison when you talk about LeBron and Michael Jordan,’’ Pippen said.
“Two different players, two different positions, two different eras of the game. So there really is no way you can make that comparison.’’
A Jordan return?
Earlier this month, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose predicted that Jordan would return for a game with the Charlotte Bobcats this season. Grant had a message for Jordan.
“If any 50-year-olds are out there, he’s got to be crazy to even think about coming back,’’ Grant said.
“Never say never with Michael, but the game has evolved into no touching. Guys are a little faster, a little stronger, maybe. I think Michael would make the right decision to just relax and watch his Bobcats.’’