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In Jordan-LeBron debate, Kansas’ Bill Self will stick with Michael Jordan ‘every day’

The Kansas City Star

In this 1994 file photo, Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan went in for a shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Chris Mills. KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday that he would pick Jordan in his prime over LeBron James in his prime.
In this 1994 file photo, Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan went in for a shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Chris Mills. KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday that he would pick Jordan in his prime over LeBron James in his prime. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas coach Bill Self appeared on 810 WHB’s Border Patrol show on Wednesday morning to promote his upcoming summer basketball camp and Basketball Boogie fundraiser, but before getting to the plugs, he weighed in on a somewhat relevant basketball topic: Jordan or LeBron?

LeBron James, of course, guided the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals with a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. James, who is gunning for NBA title No. 3, will become the first player to appear in five straight NBA Finals since the 1960s.

Self, though, for now, is remaining true to his era. He said he would take Michael Jordan over LeBron James “every day.”

“There’s no question he’s going to be in the same category,” Self said of James. “But I just don’t think, to this point in his career, when he’s great and Michael’s great, I’d take Michael every day.

“The thing about LeBron is, he can do it rebounding, he can do it passing, he can do it scoring, but the hardest thing to do is to score, and the thing about Mike is, he could get his own shot, every possession, and that’s what the greatest players do.”

Self also referenced Kobe Bryant, in his prime, as another player who was better at getting his own shot than James.

“Kobe, to me, that’s what he does best is that he can get his own shot,” Self said. “And LeBron can to, but not to the level that those other guys can. And obviously, if I was going to start a team, with the exception of Mike, I don’t see how you could pick anybody other than LeBron when he’s at his best.”

Self was then asked which of his Kansas players had been best at getting his own shot. After briefly mentioning Keith Langford, he settled on Sherron Collins.

“The best guy of squaring a guy up and getting (a defender) on his heels and rising up was Sherron,” Self said. “People don’t know what a bad boy he was. Obviously, his knees kind of failed him a little bit and he got a little bit heavy toward the end, but good gosh, that kid could play. He was as good as a basketball player as we signed.”

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