Everybody, it seems, would like a little piece of LeBron James.
Michael Jordan talked a little smack about being better, if he could time-travel, than the reigning two-time NBA MVP and now comes Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Asked how he would fare in a game of one-on-one against the Miami Heat star by the Charlotte Observer’s Jonathan Jones, Hardy was at first diplomatic.
“How should I answer this question?” he said. Then … boom goes the dynamite.
” …I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player.”
Gulp. That’s a big matzo ball to leave hanging out there. Hardy did play hoops at Ole Miss and at 6-4 and 290 pounds he is, as he says, “a beast.”. But James is 6-8, 250 and has had some success at the professional game of basketball.
“I’m not saying I would beast him, but I would definitely win,” Hardy said. “I got a good shot, I got good handles, I got good size. I feel that we match up pretty well. I was a defensive player in college.”
Hardy, who notes that he has “drastic hops” and figures he’d come out on top 11-9, does have a big entry on his resume. He broke a goalpost at Soldier Field when he dunked on it before a game against the Chicago Bears two years ago.
“Everyone says he can go to the NFL and play defensive end, who says I can’t go to the NBA?”
Good luck with that. There’s a guy in Miami who’s going to remember this. Maybe he should start with that 50-year-old owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.