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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: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:12 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

LBJ doesn't compare to MJ on or off the court.  LBJ is a thug and it shows he has to go to an all star team to have a chance to win a championship.  MJ could have won a championship in Cleveland.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:08 am
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Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:05 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Jordan was the most dominating athlete of the century, not just in basketball.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:38 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Another moronic writer trying to make something out of nothing. In the same breath he acknowledges that LeBron doesn't always express himself well, and then fails to correctly interpret what LeBron said. In his bumbling way, Lebron said that he wasn't going to make a value judgement between himself and Jordan. That's EXACTLY what the writer said he should be saying, but he writer just wasn't smart enough to figure out LeBron actually said. ROFLMAO ... Which is worse, LeBron's malapropisms, or the writer's stupidity? I think the stupidity is far worse, myself. 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:36 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Not as good an athlete as Jordan, as far as I can tell. Close maybe, but he doesn't have the same lift or body-control. Also, his D, which is a good measure of athleticism doesn't match MJ's.
And as a basketball player, he has a ways to go to reach the heights of Russell, Johnson, Bird, at least. If you give me a first-pick to start a team, I'd probably take Magic, though MJ, Bird and Russell would certainly tempt me. It's a question of more than athletic ability -- ability to see the floor, to read the game, to inspire teammates' confidence in both you and in themselves, to do whatever is necessary to win. And all the players I've just mentioned got better every year up to the age of 35 or so; they developed new skills (like shooting the 3 for Magic or playing the point for MJ) or honed their specialties.
Nope, LeBron, you ain't there yet. Get a ring for starters -- and to do that this year you got get past this big German dude who shoots like a 2-guard...

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:35 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

yourr damn right you arent better than MJ....Jordan was best basketball player ever and big time clutch....the guy was closest thing to god with a close 2nd 3rd and 4th going to wayne gretsky, willie mays and jerry only talking about 4 major sports

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:23 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

It looks like Nash and Barkley dig holding jock straps

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:03 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Smart move King James to say that

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:55 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Sorry about the last post.  I don't know what happened there.  Damn IE 9.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:53 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

I am a huge LeBron Fan, but you cannot compare him to Jordan. When he wins a couple titles and keeps the stats up for about 10 years, then maybe. Kobe-as much as I hate to say it< is closer to Jordan than James is. And as for pippen-I agree a little overated, but James has Wade now and he aint no slouch. Of course Lebron had nothing in Cleveland, thats why he left-they didnt want to help him. I dont blame him-i dont like the way he did it, but I dont blame him for getting out, He would have been crazy to stay for another 7-10 years and not get close to winning a title. I hope he wins several titles with the Heat and shuts up all the nay-sayers about him-but hes no Jrodan-YET!!!!!!!!!!

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