During a Q&A session with kids attending his Flight School basketball camp in Santa Barbara over the weekend, Jordan was asked which of those two men he'd pick to coach him in one game only.
He didn't hesitate in giving his answer.
"Dean Smith," Jordan said. "Fortunately Dean Smith helped me become the basketball player I am today. Phil was lucky because I was taught the game by Dean Smith."
Jordan won a national championship under Smith in 1982 and went on to claim six
Jordan also told the kids that there's "no question" he'd beat LeBron James in one-on-one if both men were in their prime, and that
He had high praise for Lakers star
"He's one of the great players of the game," Jordan said of Bryant. "I think he's done a lot for the game and he has a true love for the game of basketball.