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Dennis Rodman Says LeBron Resting Shows He’s Not As Tough As Jordan
LeBron James‘ willingness to take games off and rest shows he is not as “tough” as Michael Jordan, according to Dennis Rodman.
Rodman recently sat down for a Q&A sesh with fans and Bill Reiter of CBS Sports. When a fan brought up the hot topic of NBA teams resting star players, Rodman criticized LeBron for taking games off, saying Jordan never did that.
“You know what, LeBron’s doing one thing that I always said that Michael Jordan never did,” said the 55-year-old Hall of Famer. “He never rested. He played every game.”
Rodman went on to say that it’s “very easy” for LeBron to be great now, whereas “Jordan did it when it was tough.”
The Worm stopped short of labeling LeBron James soft. But it was pretty clear that’s what he was getting at.
Take a look:
Out of curiosity, I went on over to Basketball-Reference to compare Jordan and LeBron with respect to minutes played. Jordan played 41,011 minutes over 15 seasons. LeBron has played 41,184 minutes over 14 seasons.
LeBron has played more minutes in fewer seasons than Jordan at this stage in his career. However, Rodman conveniently forgets to mention that, along with the fact that Jordan sat out almost five whole seasons. There was the first retirement from from 1993-95, then there was the second retirement from 1998-2001.
As for the playoffs, LeBron has played 20 more games and 909 more minutes than Jordan, averaging 42.1 minutes per game compared to Jordan’s 41.8.
None of this means LeBron is tougher than Jordan, and it certainly doesn’t mean he is better. But let’s give the guy a break when it comes to taking games off during the regular season.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]