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Michael Jordan Bashes LeBron James: Is MJ Just A Bitter Old Man?

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26:  Charlotte Bobcats principal owner Michael Jordan watches the action against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the 4-game sweep.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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Brad GoldbachCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2010

We have ripped LeBron for his questionable off-court character moves since “The Decision,” so now it’s time to keep the same standard for all athletes.

So that means not even the (perhaps) greatest player ever, Michael Jordan, is off-limits, especially for his recent ripping of LeBron.

Nothing can take away from what Jordan accomplished on the court, but he is not doing himself any justice with his words off the court these days.

If you have been paying attention to his life after basketball, then you might come to the conclusion Jordan is no more than just a bitter old man.

He has tried defiantly to put his mark on the game since his retirement, but failed in his comeback with the Wizards and his role in the front office.

It’s OK, Mike, you don’t have to keep proving yourself to us. We will still remember you for what you did on the court, but maybe you should just sit back and let the memory of your game speak for itself.

You didn’t have to rip every single one of your detractors and enemies in that Hall of Fame speech. We all tuned in to celebrate your career, not to see you try to bury your enemies one last time.

That final shot against Utah was enough of a last hurrah (to the point many people chose to conveniently “forget” your run with the Wizards), or at least it should have been.

Instead, you came off as very bitter, but why? You accomplished more than most could have ever dreamed.

Your recent calling out of LeBron James may be correct in some ways. Yes, none of the “old guard” would have joined forces to make the championship obstacle easier. We already knew that, though.

Your message, more than anything, just seems like a cry for attention. It’s that same cry for attention that so many people are ripping LeBron for these days, so why bring yourself down to that level?

You don’t have to keep reminding us that you are the best ever. You don’t have to rip the guys who are chasing your shadow.

The man who has to keep telling everyone these things may not really believe them himself. That may not be the case with you, Mike, but don’t put any doubt in our minds. Jordan the player would have never had to say these things. That’s what his game was for.

Every man has his flaws, and we looked the other way when you gambled away more than most of us will ever make. We were willing to look past your ruthless character that was discussed by Sam Smith in “The Jordan Rules.”

You let your game speak so loudly we chose to respect your unwavering competitiveness rather than look at it as a flaw because it was why you always won.

That competitiveness is probably why you keep calling out for attention in an attempt to make sure we won’t forget about you.

Your legacy may be untouchable, but you are only giving the future generations a reason to dislike you. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising so much of this generation chooses to look at Kobe more favorably than Jordan.

Just let LeBron make those mistakes on his own. Let him ruin his own reputation. Don’t join the club, MJ.

You rip LeBron for joining his competitors instead of choosing to beat them, but your words are saying just that: You want a piece of the attention these guys currently have.

You had your time in the spotlight and it was enough to make us never forget your game, so just leave it at that.

We remember you as the ultimate competitor, and many remember you as the greatest ever. Don’t make us remember you as only a bitter old man.

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