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LeBron responds to Jordan; Canes notes; NFL draft talk; Marlins

Saturday morning quick hits:

### LeBron James could have simply ignored Michael Jordan’s suggestion that he would favor Kobe Bryant over LeBron because “five [rings] beats one every time I look at it.”

Instead, LeBron offered a reasonable response when asked about that Friday, and give him credit for answering the question honestly.

“Jordan said he would take Kobe over me because five rings are better than one. At the end of the day, rings don’t always define someone’s career,” James said at an NBA All-Star Game news conference in Houston. “If that’s the case, then I would sit up here and say I would take Bill Russell over Jordan. But I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t take Russell over Jordan. Russell has 11 rings, Jordan has six. 

“Jud Buechler had multiple rings; Charles Barkley doesn’t have one ring. He’s not better than Barkley. Patrick Ewing is one of the greatest of all time. Reggie Miller is one of the greatest of all time.” Neither Ewing nor Miller won NBA titles, of course.

### Magic Johnson also weighed in Friday, saying on Twitter: “If MJ and LeBron played one-on-one 10 times, MJ would win all 10. MJ is the ultimate 1 on 1 player.”

### An associate of Mario Cristobal pointed to a significant salary increase as one reason for his interest in the Alabama offensive line coaching job. Cristobal interviewed Friday.

### UM’s Julian Gamble, on the Hurricanes basketball team appearing in the first news block of SportsCenter, something that would have been unfathomable a year ago: “It’s cool, but we don’t want to let it go to our head. We don’t want to be arrogant.”

Said Reggie Johnson: “We continue to get better. That’s the scary part.”

### Gamble on Shane Larkin: “It’s incredible to see how much he’s grown. He never ceases to amaze. I don’t think anyone can guard him one-on-one.”

UM (11-0 in the ACC) plays at Clemson at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

### A few points made by Todd McShay on ESPN’s draft conference call Friday: He said even if Matt Barkley had turned pro after his junior year, “I believe Ryan Tannehill was better. I just don’t see the exceptional skill set with Barkley. What does he do that’s special?”….

Though Mel Kiper has Miami taking Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 12th pick, McShay said his Volunteers teammate, Justin Hunter, “is the much better receiver. But Patterson will get drafted earlier because he’s such a freak.”… McShay has Miami taking Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 12….

McShay said he believes Alabama guard Chance Warmack “is the best player in the draft. At 8, he’s worth the pick.”… Two potential second-round options at offensive tackle for Miami should Jake Long depart: FSU’s Menelik Watson and North Carolina’s Brennan Williams. The Dolphins pick 42nd and 54th in round two.

### Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes told ESPN this week that days before trading him, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria encouraged him to go ahead and buy a home in Miami. 


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954 to 216

Loria has no shame. The Marlins have no future. Selig, get some ethics and get rid of this thief!

luther anderson

I love MJ But and I do mean But,what big man did MJ ever cover, Labron could cover MJ not shut him down but cover him MJ would have a harder time with Labron.
10 out of 10 no way.MJ and Majic are Hall of Fame ballers and businessmen but when it comes to evaluating and analyzing talent they both shoot airballs.


Loria needs to get hit by a car


as a marlins fan, we were horrible last year with that roster. Many of U forget the sellout after 98 and then in 03, all those young kids came up and won a ring........These guys werent getting it done. Who did we really lose?? Mets were willing to let reyes walk the year before, I mean We kept our best player didnt we? stanton?? and build around him.




Good to see @Caneshoops in the intro to @collegegameday
– chris freet

duke, kansas … Miami?!
the bluest of the blue bloods …




U beat duke by 27 …
and michigan state who beat co-favorite indiana …
don’t tell me U can’t win it all …




ESPN has until Thursday to match NBC Sports Network’s seven-year, $20-$23 million per year offer to retain the Big East’s media rights, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN has had the Big East’s basketball media rights since the conference was formed in 1979.

The seven-year deal would be worth between a total of $140 million to $161 million, or about $2 million per school per year. In 2011, the Big East turned down a nine-year deal from ESPN worth $1.17 billion, an average of $130 million annually. Since then, 16 schools have announced they were leaving the conference.
– brett mcmurphy



UM needs to let Cristobal ASAP! We don't need him recruiting kids for 2014 when he's not even going to be here!


Meant to say let Cristobal GO! Also, we don't want him talking to kids he can later convince to go to Alabama! Fire him TODAY!


An associate of Mario Cristobal...

Has no concept of integrity


Luther above hit the nail in the head, MJ can't judge basketball players. So MJ is the best ever I agree, but as GM was the worst ever. Not exagerating, he created the team with the lowest win % of all time.


Loria is an a-hole...Shame...


Mario Cristobal is cut from the same cloth as Al Golden. I'm no fortune teller, but I'm making a prediction. Golden will be gone after this year. I don't have to know the future to see he is a coach in name only.

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