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LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Posted on: May 28, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2011 10:32 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Scottie Pippen seemed to rattle the very foundation of basketball when he claimed that LeBron James may (operative word: may) be better than Michael Jordan. It was a claim that virtually no one on the planet really believes, much less wants to hear.

But Pippen said it and with him knowing MJ as well as anyone, we all had to at least acknowledge the comments and therefore, discuss them to no end. Well, finally we have LeBron's thoughts. Via The Sun Sentinel:

“Mike was an unbelievable player,” James said Saturday. “I got a long way, long way to be mentioned as one of the all-time greats. Not even just Jordan – there are a lot of great players who have played in this league: Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and all these guys that are floating around with multiple rings. Bill Russell. All of these guys who have pioneered the game for me and [Dwyane Wade].

“I’m gracious, humbled by Scottie’s comments with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis. But as far as me? I don’t know. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m better than Jordan or if I’m not better than Jordan. It's not about that.”

First part? Great answer LeBron. Bravo. Quality move to acknowledge that not only that you shouldn't be mentioned alongside Jordan, you shouldn't be mentioned alongside about 20 of the all-time greats. Not at this point. Your career is still very young (LeBron is just 26 -- !!!) and you haven't accomplished near enough as a basketball player to have your named spread across with the likes of Jordan, Bird, Russell, Kareem, Magic Johnson or even heck, Scottie Pippen. Not yet.

(And can I point out here how I love how LeBron always misuses words? You're "gracious" of Scottie's comments? He obviously misspoke and it was accidental but he does that a lot. He's trying to answer humbly but the wrong word can confuse things.)

Second part? You started well and then of course you had to go ahead and LeBron your answer by saying you won't say you're as good or not as good. Ugh. You see LeBron, this is why these types of things always come back to get you. You tried to answer this in a humble way. You tried to acknowledge your place. But you aren't the one to determine these things anyway. So just say, "Oh man, I'm not Michael Jordan. Not by a long shot. Maybe one day, if I could get to my dreams. But I have a whole lot to accomplish before then." And leave it at that. Just put a period on it, tie a bow and walk away.

That's why young stars like Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant are so darn refreshing. There's no double-talk. No ego in anything they say. They always -- and I mean always -- let their game do the talking and leave the rest up to everyone else.

I just don't understand why you said you've got a long way to go and then came back and said you're not going to say you're not as good as Jordan. That's the type of stuff that bugs people. One day maybe you'll learn. I do agee with LeBron on his last line: It definitely isn't about that. I don't know why everyone is always hung up on comparing or finding the next Jordan. I think LeBron James should be the next LeBron James. A one of a kind, freak of a basketball player that has the potential to be an all-time great.

Maybe one day we'll actually have to have this discussion. With LeBron in The Finals chasing that first ring, he could be starting a long run of them. Then we might not be able to say he's not as good as Jordan either.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:39 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Cmon did anyone watch basketball back in Jordans days?  If you did this wouldn't be a converstaion.  Jordan was not human.  He was an Alien.  LBJ not even close

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:38 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

the MJ23, LB23 facto should never be compared, with MJ23, he was the leader of his teams, hands down and played along with an cast of
solid role players. outside of scottie pippen, there weren't any allstars that played on those bulls championship teams inwhich they made the all star team the same year mj23 did. pithy, he played in chicago, stayed in chicago !!!!!

with lb23, he is blessed with role players that were not too far gone (former) all stars that impacted teams and were starters on other teams prior to relocating to play in south beach. and thats to not fault of lb23's, but it will always be the "facto" dispearity between comparing mj23 "the NBA player's blue print" to lb23 "the best that today's nba has to offer". pithy, any rings lb23 wins, will always be discredited by that one "facto" matter. and again, thats not to the fault of lb23's, although, he made the "dissision" to travel to south beach and impacted cleveland and shook up the nba.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:48 am

PR Garbage

Ha. This is something his PR ppeople told him to say. They hope people might think he is less of a douche than we know he is if he says something humble. We se right through this you scheming turd.

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:34 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Come on gbragg22...the only good thing MJ could do good was dunk? Thats not fair!  I'm going to assume you don't know anything about basketball by making a statement like that. MJ was always on all the all defensive team. He played defense just as well as he played offense. Also, he was a great passer, which a lot of people over look. You have to give credit when credit is due. 

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:12 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

If Le bron shot the ball 50 times like Jordan then he would already be consider the best ball player. The only thing MJ could do good was dunk the ball. Dr. J was doing those moves a long time before MJ. Magic was the better all around player back then. Magic could play anywhere fom point guard to center.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:35 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

So what? Larry Bird was a better player than either of them.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:08 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Bingo is right.

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:05 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Numbnutstunna (or whatever your screen name is), understand the difference between hate, and no respect.  Let's take a short trip;
You come home from work, your uncle is living with you; you walk in the house and he's banging your girl.  She's your girl, he's your uncle; it's only once; do you get over it?

Lebron has had a great spotty season.  Please elaborate one thing that he did consistently the entire season, even during their losing streak.  One season, and definately one game does not erase evrything else.  If that was the case let Chicago play Miami for one more best of seven since they only lost this one.  Since I cannot hate on Lebron's skills, let me make this clear as I can be evidently categorized as a Lebron hater:

A) How many high school kids get the opportunity to walk into the nba with the hype and fanfare that Lebron entered the NBA?  Notice the difference in Lebron's personality versus when he was with Cleveland.  Although they did all of the immature dancing on the side line, they were basically still teenagers.  No one really took that offensively.  More entertaining.

B)  Lebron filled way more seats as a Cavalier.  Why?  Basically, because as I read in another post, we love to see determination and perserverance.  I've never been to Oklahoma City, never met Kevin Durant, but support the team because they are trying to accomplish something from nothing.  Yes build it, don't buy it, and you will treasure it more.  It reminds me of all the Jordan's I bought my son and how he dogged them out knowing daddy will get him another pair, versus the ones he had to buy himself, and how they still look new after a year.

C)  Quitting in a play-off game (or giving up if you prefer), is just not going to be excused by any NBA fan, EVER!  Yes, Lebron will regain respect as he go on the floor and prove his dedication to the game, but the argument will always be if he communicated with the Cavs, and believe me the Cavs want a championship as bad as Lebron, it might have taken another year or two.  The beauty of it is being from Ohio, it would have probably put him alongside if not in front of Jordan eventually, considering Jordan is originally from North Carolina (by way of New York).

D) Last, but not least, when Jordan, Magic, Bird, Barkley, Robinson, Malone, Stockton, Drexler, and the rest of the Dream Team came together for the Olympics, do you honestly believe that we would have found that entertaining if they were spending the entire season blowing out less matched teams?  No.  It would have became boring.  That is why the Heat does not generate the interest that was expected.

I truthfully don't believe anyone hate Lebron.  He's a young kid that did what he felt best for his situation.  However, the NBA is a business, supported by fans.  THE DECISION just came off as one of the most ill advised, egotistical pieces of hyperbaly in my lifetime, and I'm 52.  Negotiate with the Cavs, talk to other teams, sign with another team, let the press do the speculating, and the average NBA fan have no problem with it.  Hold up every team from being able to prepare for an upcoming season, waiting on you to make a last minute decision, and yes, you've cheated the fan.

In closing, the draft and free agency is upon us again.  Each team now have a chance to counter Miami's last minute move last year.  I can promise everyone, the competition we were robbed of last year, is definately about to be returned throughout the NBA.  I am sure every team have looked at the Heat and will build to compete next season.  Till then, GO MAVS!

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:18 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

MJ is the Best Player I ever saw, but you can not rank players until their career's are over, similar to Tiger chasing Nicklaus record for major title.  A few years ago this was a foregone conclusion, I am no longer confident that Tiger can catch Jack. MJ has made his legacy his career is over, let's wait 'til Lebron's career is over before we anoint anyone with anything.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:48 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

I'll take Wilt Chamberlain over Hakeem @ C

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