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When two of the prized recruits in Kentucky’s Class of 2013 were interviewed by USA Today on Wednesday in advance of Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic, both Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison said they would win in a one-on-one game against an in-his-prime Michael Jordan...

“I’m taking him to the post every time,” said Johnson, who predicted an 11–10 victory. “He’d stop me a couple of times, but I’d just keep going back down there. I’d just contest his jump shots and pray that he’d miss. I think in the end, I’d get him though. I’m too big down there.”

“I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets,” said Harrison, who felt confident in an 11–7 triumph. “Yeah, I think I’d get him.”
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eumont - 31 months ago
He explained it today and it actually made sense. He said that as a man and competitor, he would never just admit defeat and say that someone is better than them, even if they are the est player that has ever lived. Oh and btw mj called him today just to mess with him about it. It was not a slight to mj in any way. More of a display of competitiveness and showing that he wouldn't back down from the goat
the LSUSaint - 31 months ago
"just suck up to MJ and praise him"? LOL

Absolutely YES...the best to ever play the game? YES

It is the equivalent of a very good high school player saying he would beat Tiger Woods in golf, head up, in his prime!

And if you know the kid, you should be taking this opportunity to put his arse back in reality and make him know how disrespectful and ignorant that comment is. This is exactly what makes these kids let others tell them they are better than they really are.

eumont - 31 months ago
@lsusaint I'm not really sure how you can really call someone out for "lack of respect" over some 18 year old kid being confident in his abilities. You have likely never met andrew but it is his personality to be incredible confident and this attitude has helped him develop these years. Yes it was a stupid interview question but would you rather everybody just suck up to mj and praise him? Andrew and mj have know each other for over 4 years and this was not a sign of disrespect at all.
PrimeTime Money - 31 months ago
Playing 1 on 1 is a whole different ball game than team basketball.

Just because Jordan is one of the greatest in the NBA doesn't mean he can beat everybody 1 on 1. Can these guys beat him? I've never seen them play 1 on 1, so I can't say.
chief420 - 31 months ago
Ask stupid questions, get stupid answers.
jdrn21 - 31 months ago
disrespectful to the game and its history. fuggin punks
bayouballs - 31 months ago
Woody Harrelson in his prime....yes

MJ in his prime....there's a better chance that TM7 will never smoke weed again
VolsMissthe90s - 31 months ago
lsu480 - 31 months ago
Ya...I am sure that a 6"5 205lb 18 yr old could beat MJ in his prime by 4 points in a game of 1 on 1.
NorthLaTigerFan - 31 months ago
Hey Dakari and Andrew, check back with us after 6 world championships and 30,000+ points.
TigerStripes06 - 31 months ago
Lulz. They should talk to Gerald Wallace about that.
YMCA - 31 months ago
I think there is a difference between showing confidence and showing lack of respect. I don't see anything disrespectful in what they are saying. If they think they can beat MJ good for them. One of them even said that he would pray MJ misses.They also uses the word "I think" they never said they would. IT's just some kids being kids. Give em a brk.
strikingoutsince87 - 31 months ago
I would put money on a 50 year old MJ to beat those two
bendellee - 31 months ago
I wonder if they are talking about on XBOX or PS3, b/c the controls are different on each, and it could be a factor if they confuse the block button with dive out of bounds button.
the LSUSaint - 31 months ago
Just goes to show how these idiot teenagers feel like they are the only things that matter. They are raised without respect and therefore are unable to recognize they might not even score against the greatest players to ever walk the Earth.
It all comes to them being praised by everyone in their lives because they can play basketball.
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