NBA great Michael Jordan said Sunday he would never have called Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and suggested the three form a super team in the way LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have done in Miami.
"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team," Jordan said at the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament in Stateline, Nev. "But ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."
James, who became a free agent July 1, has been criticized on several fronts after holding a one-hour television program on July 8 to announce he'd join Wade and Bosh on the Heat.
Prior to Jordan's comments, former NBA star and TNT analyst Charles Barkley weighed in by saying, "(James will) never be Jordan. This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to. There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as 'the man.'"