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Jordan on Miami's Big Three

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Shortly after it became official that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would play together with the Miami Heat, many wondered what Michael Jordan thought of James deciding to go to Wade's team instead of trying to win an NBA championship as the alpha dog on his own team.

As I wrote before the announcement, going to Miami would be the wrong decision for James. I cited the analogy that when Jordan was frustrated about not winning a title in his first seven years, he didn't call close friends Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley and say that they should team up to form a super team.

So I was very interested when NBC asked Jordan about the three All-Stars teaming up during an interview at a celebrity golf tournament.

"There's no way, in hindsight now, I would have never called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and say, 'Hey, let's together and play on one team,'" Jordan said. "But things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. That's the opportunity these kids have today.

"I mean, in all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys. I don't know if they would have been on my team. If they had been on my team ... then obviously, if you look at the dream team, they were on my team and it wasn't too much of a competitive thing."

I think the trio of Jordan, Ewing and Barkley is more comparable to James, Wade and Bosh than Jordan, Bird and Johnson, but the point is clear: There's no way Jordan would have made the decision James did.

He was too prideful, too stubborn to do it any way other than the hard way -- as the alpha dog on a team that battled through adversity to beat all comers.

The consensus is James' decision will affect his legacy.

"He'll never be Jordan," Barkley told 790 the Ticket in Miami a few days ago. "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."

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This is coming from the man that decided to play baseball in the height of his career!!! LOL

But wasn't Micheal got duped by signing a long contract for peanuts by Reinsdorf? So even if he would have want to sign with other ball club during his time in the league he couldn't have. I Love Micheale but I think he is a little off with his assesment with this whole Lebron fiasco, almost like Charles Barkley talking about NBA championship...he never had one.

@joetheplumber: Jordan turned to baseball because he was bored as noone could win him in the NBA. Not because he couldn't win anyone... You got things mixed up in your head a lil, dont ya?

I am so sick of everyone bashing Lebron. He made a business choice which he had every right to do, give it a rest already with bashing the guy. I really hope he wins a championship with the Heat now!

joetheplumber, Jordan father had been murdered. Remember? He needed a break away from the game he and his father loved. Remember!? Do you REMEMBER!?

Anonymous, Jordan was not duped. He had a plethora of endorsements to cover what ever slight Reinsdorf didn't give in a salary contract. Therefore he could focus on playing the game he loved and become the best!

Apparently the two of you are not very competitive unless your respective team(s) is stocked.

Please, in the future do a modicum of research before commenting wildly.

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