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2013 NBA Finals
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Dennis Rodman says LeBron James would be "average" if he played in the more physical NBA in the 1990s, and insists his 90s Chicago Bulls would beat the current Miami Heat team.
He compared their leader Michael Jordan to James, saying the former played in a more physical NBA era where you would get hit, knocked down, then have to shoot free throws and get back up. On the other hand, he feels James can't thrive under that since players today complain too much about fouls.
Furthermore, Rodman said LeBron doesn't have "flash" to his game.
Rodman also believes his best Bulls team would easily defeat the more talented Heat of Lebron James because they're smarter.
"It would be no contest," said Rodman, who explained that he could have taken Chris Bosh out of his game and that Dwyane Wade could not have matched up with Scottie Pippen.
He also said that Pippen would have easily guarded James and that there's no way for the Heat to cover both Jordan and Pippen.
"The Heat has better talent than we had, but we had smarter players," said Rodman.
In his opinion, a 28-year-old Jordan would average at least 40 points a game in today's NBA.
But despite his unflaterring remarks about James' abilities he still thinks he's great, after all.
"He's a great player, don't get me wrong, he's a hell of player, I'll give him that," Rodman said about James.
Karl Malone inserts Michael Jordan in all-time best starting five
Hall of Famer Karl Malone revealed he has Michael Jordan on his all-time NBA starting five after all, and was just "messing" with sports radio host Dan Patrick.
He had spoken to "The Dan Patrick Show" earlier in the day and had unveiled a list that didn't have Jordan on it.
Malone had told Patrick he would take Wilt Chamberlain at center, former Utah Jazz teammate John Stockton at point guard, LeBron James at power forward, Oscar Robertson at shooting guard and Scottie Pippen at small forward.
"I'm gonna shock the world. I have to put Scottie Pippen at the 3. Scottie Pippen led the [Bulls] in every statistical category when he was there without Jordan," Malone announced.
Patrick responded that Malone must have a man crush on Pippen to take him over Jordan.
Malone later tweeted that Dan Patrick "had a man crush on Jordan", so he decided to mess with him with his list.
In the past, Malone has also left Jordan off in his all-time starting five.
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