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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 12, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:56 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

People are always so negative when it comes to that player with an ego. Michael Jordan had an ego when he played, if he didn't he
wouldn't have been the greatest player of his era or any era for that matter.. Michael Jordan had to overcome the Detroit Pistons(Lebron the Celtics) to become a champion. He didn't do it by himself. they fired Doug Collins and brought in Phil LEGACY. No doubt an argument can be made that he made Phil better, but they made each other better. Michael definitely made all his teammates better including Scottie, but if this doesn't happen he doesn't become the 6 championship MVP we all know and love. Lebron never had a viable sidekick in Cleveland like Mike so say what you want about the decision but as you can see so far it was a smart one. He has been dominant these playoffs because he doesn't have to worry about double teams all game. He has been the MVP of the playoffs so far, so give credit where credit is due. Kobe won three titles with Shaq, and wasn't considered the best player on thosee teams during those titles. Let things play out and make a decision then because we weren't talking about Mike or Kobe as the greatest players ever in the span of time Lebron has been playing. "HATERS WELCOME" 

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:55 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

U of P Pilots..........ur an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAQ WAS THE GO TO GUY NOT WADE!!!! HOW WOULD A ROOKIE BE THE GO TO GUY???????????????LMAO  some people should just shut their  mouths, especially when they have no freakin clue!

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:50 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Jordan didnt decide 6 years in to go play for Detroit.

Didn't have to. They brought him Pippen. And eventually even Dennis Rodman. So Jordan got to play with two Hall of Famers during his carreer in Chicago. James spent seven years and fulfilled two contracts with Cleveland and the best they could do to help shoulder his load was Mo Williams, Antwian Jamison, and a 37 year old Shaquille O'Neal.  Speaking of Shaquille O'Neal, didn't he only give his original team 4 years over the life of one contract before going to find greener pastures after realizing that he can get his team to the Finals, but he wasn't going to win it by himself? LeBron isn't the first to do what he did, so get over it already.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:16 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Jordan didnt decide 6 years in to go play for Detroit.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:05 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Lebron is nothing but another Scottie Pippen.  He's a role player who is only going to win because he's riding the coattails of others.  Lebron had a chance to be mentioned in the same breath at Michael, but that was put to rest with "the decision."

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:05 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

The world we live in gets crazier by the day. People are losing their mind daily....

Whatever happened to wining championships when being considered the best???  Obviously there's many players on the roster but key players stand out.

Lebron is a good basketball player for sure...  but possibly the greatest to play the game???? lol

Sounds like Scottie Pippen was really feeling the 4-1 lost to Miami to say something like this. Or maybe it was the "eeWW weee" talking... Scottie was a good player during his time. He never talked much back then & I'm thinking he shouldn't talk now either... Especially when your making foolish comments! 

For what Jordan did & the ERA he did it in makes him the greatest to ever do it.... the competition back then was tougher than the league today.

As a LA fan, if KOBE wins at least 2 more titles then he will have 7 championships on his resume..... Hard to crown Lebron before acknowledging the "black mamba"... I'm just saying!


Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:24 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Chamberlain could not hold Russell's jock strap.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:22 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

The more Jordan's legacy is diminished, the more Pippen's legacy is enhanced.  Pippen knows this.  He was always whining about getting respect-remember when he refused to go in the game because he was not being given the last shot?  Pippen was a very good player playing on a great team with the greatest player of all time-MJ.  Pippen did not deserve to be named one of the 50 greatest players of all time and I think his time on that list is over and he knows it.  Jordan has only become MORE mythic as time has passed while Pippen fades into obscurity.  When do you ever outside of Chicago hear anyone mention Pippen's name?

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:19 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

mj couldnt hold wilt chaimberlins jockstrap

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:10 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

LeBron is not even close to MJ.  I wouldn't even put LeBron in the class of Bird and Magic Johnson.  MJ is arguably the greatest player of all time- and this is coming from a Larry Bird Celtics fan.  Jordan could score at will by either driving to the hoop or shooting from the perimeter....and the thing people forget about Jordan is that he was an absolute lock down defender-probably the best defensive player in the league in his prime.  LeBron is shooting lights out from the perimeter during these playoffs, but this is really a first.  Typically, throughout his career, he hasn't been an especially great perimeter scorer.  I also never remember seeing Jordan quit like LeBron quit during the playoff series against boston in 2010.  LeBron is great when there is no adversity, but turns soft when he encounters adversity.  He's a great player, no doubt, and a much better defensive player than people give him credit, but he'll never be in the class of MJ or even Bird and Magic.  I would take Kobe over him when Kobe was in his prime as well, even though Kobe's personality is even more insufferable than LeBron's.

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