Since Lebron James announced his move to the Miami Heat, to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, everybody’s weighed in with their opinion, some agreeing, some not.
Just recently, the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan checked in with his. Back in his day, he says he would’ve never done something similar … like play alongside Larry Bird and Magic on the same team.
“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 told ESPN during a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. “But that’s … 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 played his first seven seasons with his home state team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During the off-season he met with a number of teams, including the Cavs, the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.
In the end, he revealed that he was joining the Heat during an hour-long TV special on ESPN earlier this month.
In addition to Michael, retired NBA great Charles Barkley also chimed in with his take on James’ move. He says the decision will change his legacy, and now, he’ll never be Michael Jordan…
“He’ll never be Jordan,” Barkley told 790 the Ticket in Miami earlier in the week. “This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.
“There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as ‘The Man’ … LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team.”