Dennis Rodman Says LeBron Would Be Average if He Played in 80s/90s


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I think every athlete is protective of their eras.

Especially when new players come into the league and receiving the shine they use to have. I don’t play the “What If” game, I try to stick to the here and now, but Dennis Rodman isn’t overly impressed with LeBron James.

“If LeBron was playing in the late ’80s or early ’90s,” Rodman said, “he’d be just an average player.”

“If Michael played today … really? If he played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game, probably more,”

“Look at those teams [when Rodman played]. Look at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Look at Golden State when they had Chris Webber and all of those guys. If those teams then could play now, they would kick anybody’s ass today. Are you kidding me?”

“The Heat has better talent than we had, but we had smarter players,” Rodman said. “We would match up with the Heat easy. I would take Bosh out of his damn game easy. That’s not even a problem. How would Dwyane Wade match up with Scottie Pippen? Really? Scottie Pippen would guard LeBron easy. How are you going to cover those two guys [Jordan and Pippen]?”

“If I was 28 years old guarding LeBron … are you kidding me?” Rodman said. “If he scored on me, I would be like, OK, thanks. Guess what, though? Sooner or later, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose, and most of the time I don’t lose.”

Prime Rodman or Pippen guarding Prime LeBron, would have been a sight to behold. But, once again it is different eras and different times, so who knows how LeBron would have worked back then, just like no one knows if Michael Jordan would be averaging 40 PPG now.

But, since we have to “Embrace the Debate” these conversations will always take place.


  1. Nice work picking the most ridiculous Rodman pic to discredit him right from the start. Against the legends in the 80s and early 90s, I have to go with Rodman in this one. People today have been overlooking how unbelievably they were in the defense, so in their prime, Pippen and Rodman can definitely guard and shut down LeBron and make him look average, while prime Jordan would score at will. At least, I would choose his word over random basketball newbies commenting online, especially considering he played with His Airness Michael Jordan himself.

    With so few kids these days bothering to go out and play hoops with friends, as most would be playing indoors with their Xbox 360s, it’s going to be harder to produce legends who work all their life, playing basketball against other players who work just as hard, if not harder.

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