DEERFIELD — When asked his thoughts about Michael Jordan’s claim that in his prime, the Bulls legend could beat reigning league MVP LeBron James in a game of one-on-one, Derrick Rose offered a serious, thoughtful response.
“Basketball is a real competitive sport and for somebody like Michael Jordan and the foundation he left, and the legacy he left, the resume he has, come on man, he can say whatever he wants to say,” the Chicago native said after the Bulls practice Wednesday at the Berto Center. “You’re your own man. It’s what you believe, it’s not what anybody else believes about you. Everybody has their own opinions. For me, I just try to stay out of that and stay in my own lane and do my own thing.”
But when asked what he thought about Jordan not mentioning him — Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was also discussed by the Hall of Famer — Rose quickly joked, “I’m good. I’m good, man.”
Pressed about a result in a game between himself and Jordan in his prime, Rose finally replied, “I don’t know. I’m a guy where if he was about to win the game, he for sure would be beat up after the game. It was going to be a hard-played game even if he was going to post me up the whole time or whatever. I was going to foul him the whole game.”