It appears everyone has an opinion these days after Michael Jordan stated he would not lose to LeBron James one-on-one. In fact, there is one NFL player in particular who believes he would beat James in a one-on-one battle on the court.
“How should I answer this question? …I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player,” Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer’s Inside the Panthers.
“I’m not saying I would beast him, but I would definitely win,” Hardy added. “I got a good shot, I got good handles, I got good size. I feel that we match up pretty well. I was a defensive player in college.
If Hardy believes his size is what gives him an advantage, he has got another thing coming. James is four inches taller and approximately 25 pounds lighter. I am not saying Hardy would be unable to out-muscle the NBA superstar but it certainly does not give him the upper edge.
There is no question it would be an interesting contest to watch just to see how close Hardy would make it. Unfortunately, his prediction of the final score to be 11-9 in his favor is absolutely ridiculous.
There is no way Hardy would be able to prevent James from blowing right past him on his way to a ferocious dunk. Not to mention, James’ height gives him a superior advantage when it comes to hitting a fadeaway. I just do not see how Hardy would be able to get a hand up and prevent the shot considering he is quite a bit shorter.
If Hardy truly believes he can defeat James then more power to him. It takes confidence to go up against massive offensive lineman on every down, which is why no one should be surprised that he is confident in his ability to upset one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
I definitely want to see this matchup. To make it better though, the game needs to be for charity. The one-on-one could take place during NBA All-Star weekend. Several sponsors could get involved, which would raise money for the charities of the players’ choice. I am not sure how the Miami Heat would react to James going up against a quality defensive lineman at the midseason mark, but there is no doubt it would be entertaining for the fans.
What do the fans think? Would Hardy give James a run for his money?