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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.
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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:30 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

its not that he left cleavland its the way he left.. he went to the chip and lost against spurs.. he had a shit team. they upgraded every year and he couldnt get back.. thats why.. he also said during his hour long interview..( MJ greatest player ever never took an hour to anounce anything ) that he didnt want to be "that guy" anymore.. he took a backseat to wade. which is like batman taken a seat for robin.. lebron has the talent and physical attributes to be a great player but when ur a momma's boy your whole life and everyone around u is a yes man then you develop an ego like lebron.. the im lebron james if u breath on me to hard u get a foul.. or the u punch my friend u get out of the city.. he is a crybaby.. for a man thats 6-9 240 he acts like a female that 5-0 120.. pussy pure pussy



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:03 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

How is Lebron Miserable and Disgusting ? I think U are that for saying it.. Did Lebron Rape someone like Kobe ? Did Lebron gamble away Millions and cheat on his wife like MJ ? people hate Lebron cause he left Cleveland.. utterly ridiculous..



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:00 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

It sounds like your just hating on the man to me. I think LeBron knows he doesn't have to look up into the stands for everyone to notice him.  I wonder if your a Michael Jordan fan because last time I checked he was a bit arrogant himself.  I wish people would just enjoy the phenomenal talent and athlete this guy is and stop hating so much.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:00 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

if Lebron is an athlete with a criminal background or did anything harmful in and out of the league, like bringing a loaded weapon or start a fight, than we as fans have every right to mock him or abuse him verbally and pay very close attention to his every move. both physically and verbally. if he said practice wasnt as important as the game itself, then i would tell him to think twice before speaking,

if the Heat wins the finals, no one like yourself is going to give him the credit he desrves but pay every attention to his words, to see how and what he will say during the interview. and thats not fair.

if I was an athlete and I read a sports writer/journalist making a comment of what and how I should say certain things in a response that I do not agree with out of respect, I would be irritated.

COME ON MANG!


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:53 pm
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Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:45 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:43 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

I think Lebron Means if I am reading it correctly that right now He should not be compared to Jordan but at the end of his career if He holds a bunch of championship Rings and has some other all time stats than maybe he could be talked about in the same breath.. Thing is He is Closer to the BIG O or Magic than MJ in terms of playing style..but his greatness can not be denied. 



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:26 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

I agree! Lebron, Wade and Bosh are trying to buy a championship! Bad for the game! I refuse to watch the NBA anymore! The Miami Cheat is my new name for them!



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:11 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Another embarrasing piece of "journalism" from devry alum royce young. In what other field could you lie, pontificate about your lie and not get fired? 



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:10 pm
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

idk why all of you keep knocking lb? he did what he need to do to win champion, NBA is a team sports. no one in the history of the league had won championship by themself... asked mj, magic or birb? can they win it by themself... as far as mj he is the greatest in his era but he also a ballhawk in his early career and an ego maniac.. asked if he ever trust his teammate?


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