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.