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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: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:08 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

This is precisely why I want to see the Heat lose. I have nothing against the Heat team, but I cannot stand LeBron James. When he was with the Cavs, maybe felt some sort of humility because he knew that they were not going to win multiple titles, but now with two other superstars, his ego is huge since he is probably counting on multiple rings. 

There is no player EVER who has set aside a one hour block of time on TV to announce which team he will play for. Wade didn't. Bosh didn't. Shaq didn't when signing with the Lakers. KG and Ray Allen didn't when signing with the Celtics. And then instead of saying something like, "I want to win a title for the Heat." he says that he is going for 6 titles. And now he ends his statement by acting as if he could be better than Jordan. I'm a Mavs fan these these next two weeks and I hope LeBron never gets a ring.   

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:08 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

I am so sick of the media creating news when it comes to LeBron.  I don't even watch that much of the NBA but I must say that there is not a doubt in my mind that many in the media have an agenda against him.  With that beinig said, I hope LeBron win the next 10 championships no matter the team he is suiting up for and just maybe that will SHUT the pathetic media UP!  If I was LaBron I would never say another thing to any of you jokers but then I am sure you would turn that against him as well...

Trent P from Kentucky

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:00 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Bskballer89: Word.  Too bed there is no journalistic accoutablilty.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:51 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

The comments by Royce Young is wrong. Lebron should break his jaw for twisting his words.

There was never a or included in his quote.

ESPN have the correct quotes.

Here is what he actually say.

But as far as me, I'm not going to sit here and say I'm better than Jordan. I'm not better than Jordan."

Do you see idiots see any or in there?

CBS should fire this loser Royce Young for making up lies on Lebron.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:47 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

SMan:  Where are you getting the roids stuff.  It is just sickening to have haters make unsubstantiated accusations like that.  LBJ has been amazing since jr. high and everyone knew he was the next huge thing.  Also, about choking.  Did you watch the Boston and Chicago series.  It seems like you did not or you could never have written anything so stupid.  How 'bout giving a guy credit for the good things he does even if you don't like him.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:36 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

This is EXACTLY what bothers people about Lebron. It IS refreshing to have these younger stars who just play and let their game do the talking.

I wish we could just skip the whole Lebron era and move on to the Durant/ Rose era.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:23 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

you are crazy...  i am a sports fan...  but the most dominating player in any sport was wayne gretzky..   the guy had 215 pts in one season.  if you get 85pts not you are considered a star.   he did it on a year to year basis...  Jordan was great but Gretzky is the Great One

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:13 pm

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

@coldy15, LBJ is not a thug - thats what he wants you to believe, u play right into his BS.

He is sooooooo far from a thug its ridiculous, he is a nancy who hits he deck for 10 minutes when he jams a finger, makes a theatrical spectacle when he tweaks an ankle, and lets the whole mworld know when he hazs a booboo.

NBA  players arent thugs, 95% of them have been told they poop ice cream from a very young age and believe they r gangsters , but the tatties r only skin deep (pun intended).  

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:38 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Jesus couldn't have won a championship in Cleveland

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:15 am

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

You just have to much to correct.  Too much illogic.

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