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Video: Michael Jordan says he could've beaten LeBron in his prime

Michael Jordan said he could have beaten LeBron James in a one-on-one game during his prime, during a Q&A session at the 20th Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Michael Jordan said he could have beaten LeBron James in a one-on-one game in his prime during a Q&A session at the 20th Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif. 

“This is the ESPN question,” Jordan said. “I know it's going to be all over ESPN. If I was in my prime, could I beat LeBron in a one-on-one game? No question. And he's going to say no question.”

During the 2015 NBA Finals, James passed Jordan's record for playoff minutes, but Jordan still boasts a higher field goal percentage (49.7%) and average points per game (30.1), among other career statistics. 

Jordan also said if he had to choose between playing one-on-one against either James or Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he would choose Curry. 

“If I had a chance to go one-on-one with Stephen Curry or LeBron, which one would I chose?,” Jordan said. “Right now or when I was in my prime? Right now? Well, I'd go against Stephen Curry because I'm a little bit bigger than him so I could back him in, but LeBron's a little bit too big.”

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In June, Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said the five best Lakers would beat the five best Bulls by 50 points. Jordan responded to that proposition during the Q&A session by saying the five all-time greatest Bulls "would've killed" the five all-time greatest Lakers. 

Jordan additionally name-dropped Celtics legend Larry Bird, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, former Wizards first-round pick Kwame Brown, Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Bugs Bunny. 

Jordan's comments about James start at 2:30 and 3:40 in the video from Bay Area HQ below. 

- Erin Flynn