Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman said on the Dan Patrick Show Friday that LeBron James would only be "average" if he played during his era.
"It's really not a comparison. If LeBron was playing in the late '80s and early '90s he would be just an average player," Rodman said. "To do what Michael has done ... what he did was more charisma, there was more articulating and stuff like that. LeBron is more like ... there's no flash to his game. He's a great player, don't get me wrong, he's a hell of player, I'll give him that. But to me Scottie (Pippen) and Michael are probably the two best 1-2 punches I've ever seen."
"I'm just sick and tired of people comparing (James) to Michael Jordan," Rodman said. "It's a whole different era, man."
Rodman said the NBA game was much more physical then than it is now.
"LeBron came into the age of the game at a perfect time," Rodman said. "Michael came into the game when back then you could hit people, knock him down, shoot a free throw and get back up. And LeBron can't do that. All they do today is (complain) about a foul. All they do is (complain)."
So how would James and the Miami Heat stack up against the 1990s Bulls?
"It would be no contest," Rodman said. "The Heat has better talent than we had, but we had smarter players. That's the only thing we had, smarter players. ... I would take (Chris) Bosh out of his damn game easy. That's not even a problem. And how would Dwyane Wade match up with Scottie Pippen? Really? And Scottie Pippen would guard LeBron easy. And how are you going to cover those two guys (Jordan and Pippen)?"
James won his first NBA title with the Heat last year and trail the San Antonio Spurs 1-0 in their best-of-seven NBA Finals series.