Thursday, October 14, 2010
Updated: October 15, 7:12 PM ET
His Airness: Kobe Bryant top-10 guard
ESPN.com news services
Michael Jordan helped the Chicago Bulls win six championships.
But Jordan told USA Today his success offensively may have been greater under today's NBA rules.
"It's less physical and the rules have changed, obviously," said Jordan, who was promoting NBA 2K11 video game. "Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I'm pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points."
Jordan averaged 30.1 points and 6.2 rebounds a game in his 15-year career.
Comparisons are often drawn between Jordan and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who won his fifth title last season. Where does Jordan think Bryant stacks up with the greats of the game?
"It's so hard to say," Jordan told the newspaper. "I think he is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who've played by the time he is finished. Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10."