1990s - Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman

Karl Malone recently snubbed Michael Jordan, when he chose Scottie Pippen and LeBron James for his all-time starting five. Now, it’s Dennis Rodman who picks Jordan over Lebron … and even goes as far as to say King James would be an “average” player if he played in the 1990s.

The former NBA star made the argument during an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday (June 7), in which he proclaimed that James’ present-day Miami Heat would be not match for the Chicago Bulls of the ’90s.

“It’s really not a comparison. If LeBron was playing in the late ’80s and early ’90s, he would be just an average player,” Rodman said. “To do what Michael has done … what he did was more charisma, there was more articulating and stuff like that. LeBron is more like … there’s no flash to his game. He’s a great player, don’t get me wrong, he’s a hell of player, I’ll give him that. But to me Scottie (Pippen) and Michael are probably the two best one-two punches I’ve ever seen.”

Rodman won three NBA titles with Jordan’s Bulls from 1996-98. He says that a 28-year-old Jordan would dominate in today’s game, and would average at least 40 points a game.

“I’m just sick and tired of people comparing (James) to Michael Jordan,” Rodman said. “It’s a whole different era, man.

“LeBron came into the age of the game at a perfect time. Michael came into the game when back then you could hit people, knock him down, shoot a free throw and get back up,” Rodman said. “And LeBron can’t do that. All they do today is (complain) about a foul. All they do is (complain).”