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Scottie Pippen: LeBron James May Be the Greatest Player Ever

UPDATE: Naturally, Scottie Pippen has backtracked a bit now that he realized how much attention his comments are getting. “Don’t get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest,” Pippen said on his Twitter account Friday afternoon. “But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday.” Yeah, maybe after about four championships. Sometimes it’s just too little, too late, Scottie.

UPDATE II: LeBron James responds to Pippen saying he’s not in the conversation.

Talk about a bomb being dropped to begin the long weekend. As we kick off this Memorial Day holiday weekend, let us be reminded of how seriously Michael Jordan takes being considered the greatest player of all-time.  Jordan is a man who won six championships and five league MVP awards.  He’s also a man who strongly believes he could score 100 points in a game with the way it is played today.  On top of that, he took the liberty of blasting LeBron James for joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, saying he never would have dreamed of teaming up with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

The egotistical M.J. is likely not going to be pleased when he finds out his sidekick, Scottie Pippen, went Judas on him Friday morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning.  As SI Hot Clicks pointed out, Pippen made some comments on the show that will likely infuriate Jordan and the entire city of Chicago.

“Michael Jordan may be the greatest scorer to ever play the game, but I may go so far as to say LeBron James is the greatest player to ever play the game,” Pippen told Mike and Mike.

That would be going very, very far, Scottie — especially considering LeBron has won zero championships.  Pippen then went on to say he has “never seen a player that can dominate the game the way LeBron James can” and that he’s a lock to make a shot when the game is on the line. That may be true now, but apparently Pippen missed a lot of LeBron’s playing days with the Cavs.  As for the thing about no one dominating the game like James, did we watch a different M.J. playing in the 90s?  Maybe the view isn’t the same from on the court.  For those of you who need audio confirmation of this mind-boggling assessment from Pippen, here you have it.


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  • Anonymous

    Pippen was always in Jordan’s shadow and resented it.  He still resents it but he is, at best, Robin to Jordan’s Batman.  He is a sham and should never have made the top 100 players poll…….and would not have if not for Jordan!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Pip is the ugliest player ever!

  • Steve Paulsen

    Let’s get one thing straight, nobody would have ever even heard of Scottie Pippen if he didn’t play with Jordan.  He should be thanking MJ everyday for giving him a career.
    There is no way he should be on any top anything list.  Case in point, look what he did while Jordan tried out baseball… nothing.
    Scottie needed MJ, but MJ didn’t need Scottie.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YBP3377NGBEM5EPKUECKBCZJ3Q PackerBacker

    Hmmm I dont know about Jordan being the best EVER…for his era perhaps yes but ALL TIME?. If Jordan played today would he be better then Kobe, DWade, LeBron, Rose etc..? Hard to say…Although I do think Jordan was a greedy ball hog who shot first and passed later unlike LeBron who averages double doubles with points and assists very frequently. Jordan on the other hand I bet you could count on one hand how many of those he had in his entire career!

  • Anonymous

    @packerbacker without Jordan there wouldn’t have been a Scottie and I know you can’t count on one hand how many rings Jordan has

  • Anonymous

    @Packerbacker, You’re an idiot and obviously you fail to realize that Jordan averaged just around the same numbers in assists and rebounds as Lebron has done for his career………not to mention that Jordan dominated for many years and it really gets under my skin for people to lose sight of just how long MJ proved it year after year!! Lets let Lebron win a couple rings (which I believe he will) and a few finals MVP’s to go along with them before we even seriously consider having this discussion! You must not have “witnessed” Jordan for you to be calling him a ballhog, because that wasn’t the problem when he was winning 3peats not once but twice! And lets not forget he would have won 10 straight had he not stepped away from the game twice! Get a clue before giving an idiotic statement

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWABQG5FXQGSYAMU5VIOYP4QMI Tom

    Pippin is a joke.  James TRAVELS 90 % of the time he drives to the basket.  He Palms the ball most of time.  And he Carries the ball EVERYTIME he dribbles!  I can not stand to watch the NBA today because of this.   If the officals would call a “true” game, James would be lucky to score 10 points a game. I understand that the “rules” of Basketball have, for the most part, been ignored for  the sake of TV, high scoring  and entertament, but let’s be  true to the rules of this great game.  Traveling, Palming and Carring the Ball are ignored and this is a HUGE advantage to the player  with the ball.   Most NBA players today do not have a tenth of the true fundamental talent of the average players of the past, including Jordan.  They are clearly better athletes than the men who played in the last 30 years.  But they are lacking in Pure Basketbal Fundementals. 

  • Anonymous

    he actually he has 33 career triple doubles..

  • Anonymous

    forever23, you are right in everything said about Jordan, until  kobe, wade, lebron stack up the stats and rings the conversation has not yet started. Anyone with basketball  IQ knew when it was time for MJ to take over there was nothing anybody could do , but watch the dominating show. MJ had the greatess will to win and he did.

                                  C-lo63

  • Anonymous

    Two different era’s, I would like to see if Lebron could take the beating Jordan took.

  • Gordon Taylor

    If there were no Jordan, there’d be no Pippen!!!

  • Gordon Taylor

    If there were no Jordan, there’d be no Pippen!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GU4XZBRHBDHRJTS4ZRAQ44D2BY tehuti

    Jordan may have the rings and MVP to justify being called the greatest ever, but I still say Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest and most dominant player I’ve ever seen.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    LeBron gets hammered every time he drives into the paint. And he also got whistled for an offensive foul at the end of Game 4 vs. Chicago. MJ never got whistled for much worse than that.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    MJ needed Scottie to win all those titles, but you’re right that Pippen wouldn’t be considered what he is now if he weren’t with the Bulls.

  • Anonymous

    I would have thought Scotty would know what he was talking about, but apparently not.

  • http://twitter.com/raymondwilfong Raymond Wilfong

    I like Scottie but that’s just stupid. 

  • http://twitter.com/raymondwilfong Raymond Wilfong

    I like Scottie but that’s just stupid. 

  • Romeo Millora

    How can you say MJ didn’t need Scottie.  Ummm, what happened when he didn’t need Scottie in Charlotte :) ?  Maybe MJ would have done good in baseball if Scottie was there too…haha.  Lebron made the finals with scrubs in Cleveland.  Michael couldn’t do that with the Bobcats.  Scottie is great with or without Michael Jordan.  MJ did not make Scottie the player or man he is.  Scottie had enough talent to say “I’m not going to watch MJ do all the scoring.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GAI23L2RKSPAMMWE76XEQQZOGE blong

    ya know it’s wade county…dwade already won miami’s first championship arguable one of the best championship series ever coming back from a 3-1…without wade, lebron would not get this far…lets not forget lebron came to join wade in miami..no matter how many rings lebron gets when he stays with miami…wade will always have one more than him…jordan still the best ever…

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the real deal people… Wilt, dominant yes because he was taller than everyone so get him close to the basket it’s like someone 6’1 playing with middle school kids. Jordan was and is the greatest player ever because of what he’s done on the court. Until Lebron proves his greatness through WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS…5 at the very least than he’s no different than Charles Barkley, Karl Malone or any other player that was great but never won a title. So until then any MJ comparisons will go to Kobe Bryant who is the best player in the game by what he’s proven not by what anyone thinks. People ignore Kobe’s accomplishments because they don’t like him and thats fine but Kobe has carried the Lakers on his back for years. Lebron could have done some great things in Cleveland but he’s a commercial player now. His success now is split between 3 stars now, not by anything he’s done on his own, heck the team aint even his it’s D’Wades!

  • Anonymous

    I forgot to mention…Pippen was a good player but MJ made Pippen a much better compettitor but Pippen is still an idiot and probably resents MJ but is too afraid to say it. MJ did need Pippen just as Shaq needed Kobe. Remember, Shaq played with Penny Hardaway and went nowhere until he had Kobe. Shaq left to get D’Wade… During that time Kobe carried the Lakers and still made the playoffs several times. Lebron…quit on Cleveland like Vince Carter quit on Toronto. What would people say if Kobe left the Lakers like Lebron did to join 2 other All Stars all for a shot at a champioship? That would be another reason to burn him at the stake! To me, champions are made through blood, sweat and tears. Jordan and Kobe are both franchise players that took beatings on the court but played their hearts out until they got better players to support title runs and they proved themselves to be champions. Tell me, what has Lebron PROVED other than he’s a good basketball player… If Lebron wins a ring this year its by default… not really earned on his own back… I’m glad we lost (Lakers) when everyone All Star joined us JUST to win a ring before they retired… sorry, haven’t been able to hang out wit the fellas for a minute, lol!

  • http://twitter.com/318LP Demetris Brown

    Pippen never was a good player, he got his name off of Jordan. So he hateing, when Jordan left how many rings did pippen get after that. Lebron will never be close to jordan he left his team to try and win a ring thats sad. Lebron miss to many clutchs shots , when jordan had the ball you knew it was over he wasn’t going to miss. lebron cant make free throws you call that good NOOOOO WAY

  • http://twitter.com/donmein marcus arelius

    we all know why pippen would make this kinda of comment in the first place which is so like him but here we go with my comparing  jordan to lebron or vice verse until lebron wins 6 rings then compare him to jordan until he can stay  loyal to one team and not jump ship every time stuff doesn’t go his way then to me compare him to jordan when he can be a all round player like jordan was then compare him when he can be a consistent every time then compare him, jordan gave his all everytime he played this game of basketball. people always wanna be bandwagon jumpers when a guy is finally doing his job after 7 years…. stop the press go with a smile lol…. 

  • http://twitter.com/donmein marcus arelius

    we all know why pippen would make this kinda of comment in the first place which is so like him but here we go with my comparing  jordan to lebron or vice verse until lebron wins 6 rings then compare him to jordan until he can stay  loyal to one team and not jump ship every time stuff doesn’t go his way then to me compare him to jordan when he can be a all round player like jordan was then compare him when he can be a consistent every time then compare him, jordan gave his all everytime he played this game of basketball. people always wanna be bandwagon jumpers when a guy is finally doing his job after 7 years…. stop the press go with a smile lol…. 

  • Anonymous

    Pip, you just threw dirt on Michael Jordan’s legacy. You represented MJ as a Ball-Hog. And you think that LeBron “Traveler” James has the potential to be G.O.A.T? I’m no Laker fan but, when we compare the PAST with the FUTURE. People choose Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, and not even Kobe Bryant is on MJ’s level. And dominance? Where have you been the last 21 years? You played with the most dominant player in NBA history, and you say you never saw one? You are acting like you never witnessed Michael Jordan, in the 13 years you played with him. And then the biggest shock for me, first you say LeBron is the greatest player, and then you say Michael is the greatest, but LeBron has potential? How can I take you serious?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    Scottie Pippen is a hater. he always was jealous of M.J. And he never was as good. look at the western conference finals when he was  in portland and did’nt stop the lakers.when he had the chance. what a baby!!! After all M.J. has done for you. You know what you are…. In HELL!!! M.J’s HELL!! ha! ha! ha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    Scottie Pippen is a hater. he always was jealous of M.J. And he never was as good. look at the western conference finals when he was  in portland and did’nt stop the lakers.when he had the chance. what a baby!!! After all M.J. has done for you. You know what you are…. In HELL!!! M.J’s HELL!! ha! ha! ha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    That’s True!!!Lebron would get his neck broken Comming down the lane on Rick Mahorn or Kevin Mchale.He would’nt even last half the time in the old league….His ass would be too broken up to play even ten seasons in the older more Stronger NBA.And Trash talking would be accepted,If you are called a faggot you don’t pay fines. This is Stupid to me.LET THESE FOOLS EARN THEIR MONEY!!!! And stop crying over Baby CRAP!!!!! Or go to a foreign country to play where they dont understand you. Who Cares!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    BULLSHIT!!!!! Larry Brown.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    He’s a Center Stupid!!!! He’s Supposed to be.But He don’t have 11 Rings,And that’s only what matters.(BILL RUSSEL)Let’s Keep it REAL!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    That’s Right!!! GOOD JOB!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    I Could’nt have said it better myself! Now You’re talkin!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    I would say magic is better than Kobe because of the level of competition and the harder fouls you had to take then.You get a call now for just yelling!? That”s WEAK!!!! That did’nt happen in vintage NBA(1980-1993) The NBA is Now as feminate as the WNBA… And that’s more competitive to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFAHRWEAW3SB3P2EOLQOKAQR7U Long Beach Larry

    This is very true. Like Woody Harrelson Said to Wesley Snipes In White Men Can’t Jump… NBA Players today Want to look good and loose Than look bad and win. To Get themselves more bigger paying contracts.They dont want rings until it’s close to the ending of their careers and most of the time it’s too late.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQV26ST5RGVLQWPWIRUIQHXWPI Christopher

    I agree w/ VIPSHANN, Kobe, no matter how much I despise him as a player! Is the only one that comes close to comparison w/ MJ, however close! Even He falls short of Jordan’s greatness… Let’s not forget Kobe’s 1st 3-champions came playing with Shaq! Arguably the Greatest Big Man, even then I reserved dues for Kobe until he won carrying a team as the #1 option,  He’s has 2-championsships being the Man but the burden has taken its toll on his body.  Now how easy is it for those who remember little or know little basketball facts to forget it was Shaq that catapult D-wade to his 1st Championship in Miami… w/ that being said, Jordan’s greatness is unmatched at this point, not only by the accomplishments on the court but the popularity of the sport of basketball. People forget that the 80’s saw Magic vs. Bird which caused  Americans to watch on the edge of their seats and set the stage but it was Jordan’s Game that made the sport go Global. At one point he was the most recognizable face in the world. As far as Pippen’s comments, he had his chances to emerge out of Jordan’s Shadow but failed miserably w/ the Bulls, (Jordan’s 1st retirement), the Rockets (Barkley and Pippen… I didn’t forget!) and the Trailblazers. So to answer the question about LeBron, however great he is or could be in the future, he’s no JORDAN! This is coming from a Lebron fan… (When he was in Cleveland!)LOL

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why there’s such an uproar about Pippin’s personal opinion.  He played with Michael Jordan and that’s his experience.  I watched Dr. J, Jordan and now James and it’s a natural progression of talent. No matter how good you are there’s always someone somewhere that’s better than you. These three players have exceptional talent in various degrees, one better than the other. Pippin should not backdown because of “peer” pressure or any other pressure if that’s is what he feels and there is no one answer. It’s all a matter of preference. This is a reply to all the comments I’ve heard and read. I enjoyed all three and I can’t wait for the fourth exceptional talent to emerge.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with Scottie’s comment, is how he represents MJ, he only say’s he is the greatest scorer, which should imply that Jordan was only a offensive player, while he represents LeBron as being the ultimate all-rounder. That’s the problem, not talent. Scottie’s judgement is flawed, he made the interview after the Heat defeated the Bulls, he was probably amazed no doubt, it was great work by LJ, but I remember Michael Jordan being called by Larry Bird “God in disguise.”, after dropping sixty on the Celtics, and those Celtics were no 2010/2011 Bulls, they were by far better. So, the judgement was set to fast, if you ask me. LJ has the potential no doubt to become better then Kobe, but he didn’t convinced me that he can be better then Jordan. Because both played/play in a different league, and I consider the 80′s – 90′s league to be more defensive then the new league.

    And last.

    “There is Michael Jordan and there is the rest” – Magic Johnson.

    “That was God disguised as Michael Jordan” – Larry Bird.

    “Michael Jordan was the Greatest Player who even played the game” – Kobe Bryant.

    PS: For the record I don’t think there is GoAT. :p

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how the league is more competitive when the defensive rules have been lowered. Harder Defense makes the Gamer harder to play.

  • Anonymous

    you can reach me any time baller.

  • Anonymous

    @PackerBacker – MJ had 29 career triple doubles and 240 double double’s, I don’t know how many fingers you have on your hand but mine has 5.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Same Amount Pippen has!!! Dumbass

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    How many rins does Jordan have without Pippen??  a big fat zero!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Thats like saying, Michael Jordan would not be as good, with todays eras Athletic players. Jordan was ahead of his era. You just named Rick Mahorn and Kevin Mchale, guys who would be backups in this era, but back then starters and an all star. Nuff said!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Dito! No Pippen No Rings!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Actually you are Stupid, so you mean to say the Luc Longley is better then Wilt based on your ignorant Ring Thinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Kobe has always been the first Option, Shaq or no Shaq. He has won without a clear number 2 all star in his team after shaq left. Jordan played along side one of the top 100 of all time his whole career, and he never won without scottie pippen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    How Many rings did Jordan have without Pippen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    Maybe Pippen is a better talent evaluator then Jordan. Who drafted Kwame Brown?? lmao