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08:53 AM ET 07.19 | Is the new Big Three offending the NBA's old guard? The latest Big Three backlash came Sunday from none other than Michael Jordan, who contributed his weighty opinion to the debate about whether LeBron James should've teamed up with two superstars instead of trying to beat them. "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 said after finishing tied for 22nd in the American Century Championship golf tournament in Stateline, Nev. "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." ... "Mike and I are in 100 percent agreement on this," Charles Barkley told the Arizona Republic this week. "If you're the two-time defending NBA MVP, you don't leave anywhere. They come to you. That's ridiculous. I like LeBron. He's a great player. But I don't think in the history of sports you can find a two-time defending MVP leaving to go play with other people."

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July 19, 2010  09:10 AM ET

Exactly.

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July 19, 2010  09:14 AM ET
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Just 2 people's opinion but I happen to agree. If you want to be considered the best, you have to play against the best. You don't p**** out and go join them because you're too afraid to compete against them. But, oh well. It's done now, and its not like we didn't know what this guy was made of before this. It'll just be that much more satisfying when this experiment fails.

Lmao, ur gonna atract all the Heat fans! Their gonna tell us about all the rings they will win. You know, not one, not two, not three.......

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July 19, 2010  09:15 AM ET

there's nothing wrong with realizing you need help...

July 19, 2010  09:17 AM ET
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Maybe Lebron does not want to be the best.Maybe he only measures up to a better Pippen when it's all said and done.Everyone can not all measure up to MJ period.

being a "better" pippen is a slight of some sort? Being such results in quite the career... a few championships, HOF, gold medals, i'm sure all players in the league (not named Kobe) would be cool with that.

July 19, 2010  09:19 AM ET

That's gotta sting. You're hero just smashed u Lebron!

July 19, 2010  09:22 AM ET

I guess LBJ is tired of being called no ring James...

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July 19, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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there's nothing wrong with realizing you need help...

yea, u cant go around calling yourself "king" and "chosen1" and calling everyone that views you a "witness" if you dont aspire to be the best. The last time i checked, scottie was good, but not great...Lebron believed he was great until his recent playoff failures...now he's going to downgrade to good, tarnish his "legacy" because he will never LEAD a team to a ring. (although, there is a great chance that he'll win several now)

So, whats his nickname gonna be now? Definitely cant call him King after he decided to follow dwade and Bosh...

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July 19, 2010  09:33 AM ET

LBJ is a grown man, and his "decision" is his business. I don't like the way he handle it, but life goes on. These new generation of players are only concerned with winning, by any means necessary. Is it their fault? Our society, now a days, places so much of a players legacy and greatness on how many rings he has. Not the talent, competitiveness, heart, drive, and willingness to win, but with integrity. LBJ has every right to want to win, I mean that's what every athlete wants to do, but at what cost?

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July 19, 2010  09:33 AM ET

Maybe if Cleveland had gotten Lebron the help Jordan got in Pippen, he would still be in Cleveland. ... He wants to win, and he is willing to swallow some of his pride to do so. ... Guess he does not want to end up like Barkley. ... and oh by the way. .. Jordan wins nothing without Pippen and the Bobcats will not win as long as Jordan is makinig personnel decisions and that's coming from a Tarheel fan. .. you might not like it. ... but it true.

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July 19, 2010  09:33 AM ET
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debatable-

No it's not.....lol

 
July 19, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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Yeah. Kobe is darn close.

Kobe is my man, and is the closest to MJ, I believe we'll see for awhile. However, even if Kobe wins 7+, he won't surpass MJ in greatness.

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