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Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Magic: Michael Jordan better than LeBron James

Magic Johnson says that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Posted by Ben Golliver. magic-michael

Nobody knows exactly why, but former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen decided to state publicly last week that Miami Heat forward LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game."

Of course, that comment was taken by virtually everyone as a snub on legendary Bulls guard Michael Jordan, and rightfully so. 

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson, one of the league's all-time greatest players, became the latest to take sides against Pippen's statement publicly. 

"I have tried not to comment on what Scottie Pippen said," Johnson wrote in a message on Twitter. "But Michael is the greatest ever - point blank."
Johnson's voice gets added to a chorus of those disagreeing with Pippen, as the response to his comments came fast and strong.

Former Bulls forward Horace Grant, teammate of Jordan and Pippen, came to Jordan's defense, saying that he "totally disagree[d]" with Pippen and that Jordan was "the best basketball player to ever play the game."

Former Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas jumped into the mix too, stating that James has a chance of eclipsing Jordan but that he isn't there yet.

James himself said that he had "a long way" to go to be mentioned among basketball's greats. 
Look there is no debate here. Jordan is the greatest of all time.

But Johnson's words do carry a special weight, though, because his prime predates Jordan's prime. In the zoomed-out narrative of the NBA, the Larry Bird / Magic Johnson era gives way to the Michael Jordan era. Yes, Jordan and Johnson were colleagues -- the Bulls beat the Lakers in the 1991 Finals, of course -- but Johnson is inarguably Jordan's elder from a historical standpoint. 

Whenever these debates come up, players invariably favor their idols or the guys that came before them. If not that, then they favor their fiercest competitors or the players whom they could never defeat. Rarely do they favor the players that came after them. It's a difficult mental proposition for someone that stood atop the game to reconcile the idea that someone younger than him could be better.

But that's the power of Jordan's greatness. It doesn't matter if you played before him, against him, after him or all of the above. He was the greatest that you ever saw, at least if you're thinking straight and remembering things accurately. Who knows what Pippen's excuse is.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:13 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Horace Grant to Scottie Pippen: You're wrong

Posted by Royce Young



And now for the next installment of the "silly argument that we're having because Scottie Pippen said something." If you missed it or tried to make yourself forget, Pippen said that LeBron James may be a better overall basketball player than Michael Jordan. As a result, there was quite a bit of harumphing and yelling.

LeBron accepted the compliment from Pippen but ultimately disagreed. Well, add in former Chicago teammate Horace Grant as someone that doesn't agree with Pippen. Via Sports Radio Interviews:

“WOW! Pip is my man and you know we will always be close, but I totally disagree.  LeBron is gonna be one of the top players to ever play the game but Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who we bump heads at times is I think in my era the best basketball player to ever play the game.”

Grant was then asked if maybe Pippen was upset with Jordan over something, if there was some unknown grudge that caused the comment.

“(Laughing) I hope not, I don’t think so, but you know to say that somebody, I mean listen, I’m  mean I’m kinda at a loss of words cause Michael Jordan I mean when you win numerous MVPs and you’ve taken the team to six championships and probably could have been eight if he didn’t retire those two years. You know MVP’s and the playoffs and the championships I mean man he made us better, he made believe me, he, myself, Scottie, BJ, even Bill Cartwright who I still love, he made us better players.

"He gave us that confidence, but first we had to earn his trust and once we earned his trust man you know you saw championship after championship and as far as talent wise, that’s no man. Who do you want to take that last shot when three seconds are left in the game? Who do you want the ball in their hands the last 3 seconds? He proved that he can score the last few seconds of a ball game or if he gets double teamed that Steve Kerr or John Paxson are right there so you know I love Scottie, but I totally disagree.

“You know this is a great country we live in. You’re entitled to your opinions but your uhh uhh…[Waddle: YOU'RE WRONG!] Yeah, yeah he’s wrong on this one.”

Grant isn't the only player that's taken up for Jordan (obviously). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar though didn't take up for either, writing an open letter to Pippen that said, "So I would advise you to do a little homework before crowning Michael or LeBron with the title of best ever. As dominant as he is, LeBron has yet to win a championship. I must say that it looks like Miami has finally put the team together that will change that circumstance. It's my hope that today’s players get a better perspective on exactly what has been done in this league in the days of yore."

Days of yore? Really Kareem? And nobody has forgotten Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Or you, which is what I think he was really trying to say when he said not to forget about the old guys. It's just eras in basketball are difficult to compare, especially the Russell-Chamberlain era. No need to lecture everyone about basketball history. I don't think anyone has forgotten Wilt, Russell, or you.

This is part of sports and really more part of basketball than any other. We all love to talk and compare and debate. The "who's better?" question is always a fun one. The consensus is that Jordan is the greatest ever. I think Pippen's point was that LeBron was more of the total package, which people kind of ignored, but in the end, it got people talking. Which may have been the whole intention.
 
 
 
 
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