Widely considered the greatest player of all-time, Jordan said it would be a tough choice between the trio. However, Morrison's combination of rings and youth would tip the scales in his favor.
"Kobe has five titles and that's impressive, but he's getting a little long in the tooth," said Jordan. "LeBron is a lot younger, but he only has one. I don't really like either choice. What I like is Adam Morrison. He has two championship rings and is just as young as LeBron. Easy choice if you break it down. He's a good mix of Kobe and LeBron."
Jordan took Morrison with the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, just one of the many disastrous player personnel moves he has made in his post-playing career and one which contributed to the state the Charlotte Bobcats are in today.
But Jordan scoffs at any suggestions that picking Morrison, who last played in the Turkish League in 2012 and left the team due to lack of playing time, was a mistake.
"I don't make mistakes. Never have, never will," said Jordan. "And you saying I did makes you look stupid. Adam has two championships rings. More than LeBron. More than Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley. More than John Stockton and Karl Malone. As many as Hakeem Olajuwon. I don't think I need to go on but I will. Adam has played for four different teams in three different countries. He's gotten tryouts with two other teams. If he's so terrible, why do so many teams consider him? Huh, dumbass?"
He's trying a bit too hard even for Brooklyn.
Verdict: not him. Morrison is much uglier.
"We need Adam Morrison," said Bryant. "We won two championship with Adam. Now we lost and he's not on the team. You don't have to be a basketball genius to explain it. He was our key to success."
Morrison, the 3rd overall pick of the 2006 Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, played 8 games for the Lakers in 2009 and 31 in 2010, scoring a total of 84 points. He played 13 total minutes in the postseason. He was not re-signed by the Lakers before this season and is out of basketball.
Yet Bryant's Lakers teammates agree that Morrison's absence doomed them not for his basketball talents, or lack thereof, but for the intangibles he provided.
"He was so terrible at basketball that he really kept the locker room light," said Lamar Odom. "When he got into the game, he provided enough material to keep us laughing for weeks. That's invaluable for a team that plays under the kind of pressure we do."
Head coach Phil Jackson says he valued Morrison's presence on the team for motivational purposes.
"If we weren't playing well, I'd call a timeout, gather the team around and say: 'Look at Adam over there! What a pathetic pile of crap he is!'" said Jackson. "'Do you want to end up like him? A nobody? A bust? An NBA punchline? I didn't think so! Now get back out there and stop being a bunch of Morrisons!' That worked every time."
Why? Because it's fun.
The video below was, of course, prompted by this:
I don't think I will ever tire of seeing that commercial from three very long years ago. I won't even tire of it long after Adam Morrison is out of the NBA. (So this February or thereabouts.)
"And when I get to the NBA, more people will cry." Classic.
Yeah, the Bobcats for giving you all that money. ZING!
And their owners for hiring Michael Jordan. Incompetence ZING!
I just hope Morrison, now on the Lakers (still somehow) didn't go to the recent Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian wedding. Seeing true love like that get celebrated in public before all those who care about them, as well as fame-leeching groupies and reality stars, would just be very very I don't want to it's just that BWAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO