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“THE OPPOSITE OF this creeping nostalgia is the way Jordan has always collected slights, inventing them — nurturing them. He can be a breathtaking asshole: self-centered, bullying and cruel. That’s the ugly side of greatness. He’s a killer, in the Darwinian sense of the word, immediately sensing and attacking someone’s weakest spot. He’d moo like a cow when the overweight general manager of the Bulls, Jerry Krause, would get onto the team bus. When the Bulls traded for the injury-prone Bill Cartwright, Jordan teased him as Medical Bill, and he once punched Will Perdue during practice. He punched Steve Kerr too, and who knows how many other people.
This started at an early age. Jordan genuinely believed his father liked his older brother, Larry, more than he liked him, and he used that insecurity as motivation. He burned, and thought if he succeeded, he would demand an equal share of affection. His whole life has been about proving things, to the people around him, to strangers, to himself. This has been successful and spectacularly unhealthy. If the boy in those letters from Chapel Hill is gone, it is this appetite to prove — to attack and to dominate and to win — that killed him. In the many biographies written about Jordan, most notably in David Halberstam’s “Playing for Keeps,” a common word used to describe Jordan is “rage.”Jordan might have stopped playing basketball, but the rage is still there. The fire remains, which is why he searches for release, on the golf course or at a blackjack table, why he spends so much time and energy on his basketball team and why he dreams of returning to play.”
– Michael Wilbon on MJ
And to think there are current NBA coaches, who coached against Jordan, Kobe and LeBron, who will say privately — though not publicly, so as not to offend the two killers they still have to play against — that if Jordan had come of age in today’s game with no handchecking and no Pistons-style body slamming high fliers, he’d easily average 40 points on 55 percent shooting.
LeBron, if he stays healthy and keeps playing for contending teams, could conceivably dominate his era and win enough championships to force a legitimate comparative conversation down the line. Conceivably.
LeBron’s set of skills is as unique as Jordan’s. He seems to be as complete as Jordan, plus two inches taller and, oh, 40 pounds heavier. But we still don’t know whether LeBron, or anybody else in the coming years, will play night after night with Jordan’s infamous relentlessness and, yes, ruthlessness.
Chris Palmer: Who would you most like to play one-on-one, either active or retired?
Kobe: Jordan. No question.
Chris Palmer: What would happen?
Kobe: I’m not sure, but he would win some and I would win some in a seven-game series. It would probably come down to the last few shots.
Chris Palmer: You versus LeBron? Who wins?
Kobe: Me. No question. As far as one-on-one, I’m the best to ever do it.
Chris Palmer: Damn. That's pretty confident.
Kobe: LeBron is a terrific all-around, five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I’d get him.
Chris Palmer: Who could get you?
Kobe: Kevin Durant is the guy that would give me the most trouble. With his length and ability to use the dribble, he’d be tough.
Chris Palmer: I always wanted to see you play Tracy McGrady
Kobe: I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.
Chris Palmer: His back bothered him for most of his career.
Kobe: Well, now you know.
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30 YEARS AGO TODAY |3/29/82| The North Carolina Tar Heels win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship defeating the Georgetown Hoyas 63-62
Where it all began…
BACK IN THE DAY | 3/19/95 | Michael Jordan returns to the Chicago Bulls after nearly two years of retirement, scoring 19 points in the loss to the Indiana Pacers.