Panthers’ Greg Hardy says he’d “dominate” LeBron one-on-one


Greg Hardy likes his game. His basketball game. (Chuck Burton / AP)

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.

Hmmm...maybe this isn't such a bad idea. (Tony Gutierrez / AP) LeBron on the Cowboys’ turf earlier this year.  (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

“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.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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