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LeBron James has Kobe beef with Michael Jordan

LeBron James runs downcourt as Gerald Wallace follows

LeBron James runs downcourt as Gerald Wallace follows during a game at Barclays Center. (Jan. 30, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

HOUSTON -- Michael Jordan was an inspiration to LeBron James and still is. Recent comments by Jordan, however, inspired James to say Jordan's opinion doesn't matter.

In an upcoming interview with NBA TV, Jordan said he would take Kobe Bryant over James because he's won four more championships. But James said titles shouldn't measure a player's greatness.

"He said he would take Kobe over me because five rings is better than one, and last time he checked, five is better than one," James said Friday. "That's his own opinion.

"At the end of the day, rings don't always define someone's career. If that's the case, then I'd sit up here and say I'd take [Bill] Russell over Jordan. But I wouldn't take Russell over Jordan. Russell has 11 rings. Jordan has six. Or I'd take Robert Horry over Kobe. I wouldn't do that. But it's your own personal opinion."

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