DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Derrick Rose was not bold enough to say he would beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one, but if they played, the current Chicago Bulls star was confident that the former one would feel it.
"I'm a guy where if he was about to win the game, he for sure would be beat up after the game," said Rose, who is set to play in his first preseason game Saturday at Indiana after missing all of last season with a knee injury. "It was going to be a hard-played game even if he was going to post me up the whole time or whatever. I was going to foul him the whole game."
The subject came up after Bulls practice Wednesday because Jordan recently said that he would have liked to have played one-on-one with guys like Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James while in his prime, figuring that Bryant would have been the one to give him the most trouble.
Rose had no problem with the concept that Jordan could take James in a game of one-on-one.
"Basketball is a real competitive sport, and for somebody like Michael Jordan, the foundation he left and the legacy he left, the résumé he has, come on man, he can say whatever he wants to say," Rose said. "You're your own man. It's what you believe, it's not what anybody else believes about you. Everybody has their own opinions. For me, I just try to stay out [of] that and stay in my own lane and do my own thing."
As for not being mentioned in Jordan's list of potential one-on-one challenges, Rose was more than fine with it.
"I'm good … I'm good … I'm good, man," he said with a smile. "I'm alright."