Michael Jordan told France's L'Equipe that he is “pretty sure” he could beat current Charlotte Hornets players in one-on-one.
Jordan, who owns the Hornets, was asked if he ever plays any of the players and if he thinks he could beat them in one-on-one.
“I'm pretty sure I can, so I don't want to do that and demolish their confidence,” said the 52-year-old Jordan. “So I stay away from them, I let them think they're good, they think that they are good. But I'm too old to do that anyway.”
Jordan was also asked if he thinks it's possible to compare current stars with himself.
“No, you can't compare eras, you can't compare generations,” he said. ”I'll never have the opportunity to play against LeBron [James] in his prime, and he'll never have the opportunity to play against me. But because a lot of people have never seen us in our prime, they compare. And that's just the standard of measurement.”
In a May Public Policy Polling survey, 34% of NBA fans polled said they believe Jordan could beat James in one-on-one in the year 2015.
You can watch Jordan's full interview with L'Equipe below.
- Molly Geary