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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.
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Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:14 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

LEBRON WANTED TO CHANGE HIS NUMBER AND SUGGESTED TO RETIRE #23 BECAUSE HE ALREADY HAS A PLAN OF LEAVING THE CAVS BEFORE THE INFAMOUS "THE DECISION".  NUMBER 23 HAS ALREADY BEEN RETIRED BY PAT RILEY IN MIAMI.  IT'S SO OBVIOUS BUT NO WRITER HAS NOTICED IT.  HE WANTED TO LOSE THE LAST PLAYOFF OF CAVS AGAINST CELTS BECAUSE IF HE HAD WON AND EVENTUALLY GAVE THEM A RING, THEN HE WON'T BE ABLE TO JOIN HIS FRIEND WADE IN MIAMI.  HE WON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO LEAVE CLEVELAND AND HE HAS BEEN YEARNING FOR A BIG MARKET AND BIGGER SPOTLIGHT WHICH HE CAN'T SEEM TO APPRECIATE IN HIS FORMER HOMETOWN.  THAT'S GAME FIXING.  HE'S MUCH OF A GAMBLER LIKE JORDAN WAS.  IT'S JUST THAT JORDAN DOESN'T GAMBLE DURING THE GAME.  I USED TO HATE JORDAN BECAUSE I USED TO ROOT FOR LAKERS OF THE 80'S BUT HE ALWAYS HAVE MY RESPECT BECAUSE OF HIS INTENSITY DURING THE GAME, WIN OR LOSE.  I HATED HIM BECAUSE HIS RISING SIGNIFIED THE DAWNING OF THE 80'S LAKERS DURING THE 1991 FINALS BUT HE GAINED MY RESPECT BECAUSE HE LET'S HIS GAME DO THE TALKING.  LEBRON WILL BE ONE OF THE GREATS SOMEDAY, BUT NOT AS GREAT AS JORDAN.




Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:05 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Men Lie. Women Lie. Number's Don't.

The fact is, REGUARDLESS of what you all say, and how you all feel, Lebron James just may be one of the best players to every play the game. You can call me names. You can say I'm wrong. You can hate Him or Me, but HE IS.

Against the most athletic players EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER to play the game he is head and shoulders superior to them all.

The Numbers don't lie. The Only think that seperates Lebron from Jordan at this point is CHAMPIONSHIPS.

See....I'm not to young to remember these same arguments ( You're an idiot....You're Insane......You've gotta be kinding ) when Jordan was said to ahve been the best.

People don't EVER like to pass the torch or give credit where credit is due to a guy they don't like. Lebron suffers from "HATERITIS" from a huge percentage of fans.

Bottom Line....we've already see Jordan again. Kobe "IS" Jordan. His manner, His Play. His Drive. His intensity. His Defense. He may fall short
on championships, but there is really not much difference between the two.


Lebron is a different Animal.

THE MAN PLAYED THE 2011 MVP POINT GUARD IN THE CONF FINALS AND SHUT HIM DOWN FOR GOD SAKE!
And still this did not take away from his offensive game. 



"Even though it's hard for me to be objective, because I brought Kobe to Los Angeles, I do think LeBron has surpassed Kobe as a player."

"LeBron James will do the same type of things [as Jordan] because he's getting better. He's a much more effective shooter and when's he's making his shots from the outside, you can't play him....He's just too big, too strong, too quick. And he has incredible body control. But more than that, he's a great teammate. You can see his teammates love him."

"If you look at basketball today, it's not always the big guys that win for you, it's the intermediate-size guys," West said, according to Bloomberg. "[He]
can play five positions if you ask him to do so, and his ability to get everyone involved in the game is just remarkable for someone his age. I don't know if there's a better player I've ever seen play professional basketball."
      
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YEA YEA YEA, I KNOW, I KNOW, Jerry West is as stupid as you all say Scottie Pippen Is.
    





     



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:31 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

LeBron on Pippen's claim: I'm not better than M.J.
That's this site's home-page link to this story.  How can they get it wrong there, when their own story, itself, gets it right?  James didn't say he's not better than Jordan.  I heard his answer several times.  As the article quotes, he said:
"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.”
(That's ok, LeBron, I'll say it:  You're not better than Jordan.)

Michael exuded this rare indominatable will that said with authority, "I will not lose."  It didn't mean he never lost.  But in way too many key games his will simply took over, and not even the flu could stop him.  LeBron has not shown this inner strength of will, and without it he will never reach Jordan's stature as a champion.  I believe Kobe is more qualified to be compared to Michael, because as he matured we started to see that quality in him at times, too.

LeBron may wind up becoming a prolific champion.  But until his will can conquer his ego, he will remain in Michael's shadow.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:20 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

As of right now, LeBron James lacks the ability to mentally dominate the court the way stars such as Jordan, Bryant, Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Walt Frazier, Kareem Abul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and others you might wish to add did. He's a good player and a unique physical talent. Any team would want him, but ahead of MJ, Bryant? Not now, probably not ever. Line up all these guys, and no rational person would have James higher than fourth. Most would put him behind at least six or seven. Not to mention Wilt Chamberlain. Not someone who mentally dominated the court as the above named did, but he sure dominated physically.





Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:06 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

HAHAHAHA



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:03 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

MJ must be saying F$%^# pippen, f$#% james


LMAO 



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:01 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

one reason LBJ wont be the G.O.A.T and that is D.wade

unlike scottie when he was with mike, Wade has won it on his own and even was the finals MVP..


if you have a "sidekick" like that, how can you claim to be the greatest..if you're sidekick's got more rings than you do..



even if they win multiple rings together wade would have one more than LBJ


 



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:51 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

maybe scottie pippen is gay and wants to **** lebron's ****




Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:51 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

Obviously, there's still a lot of hate out there for LeBron. LeBron did'nt bring up this subject matter, it was Scottie Pippen. I get the impression from nearly everyone of you, that it was LeBron who came up with who's the greatest player of all-time. There have been so many great NBA players and many of you forgot about them or just don't recall the names of Elgin Baylor, who at 6'5" was at one time the 3rd leading rebounder of all-time and he practically played his entire career without a great center. Then there's his sidekick, Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, who could stop on a dime and nail a jump shot better than anyone that I ever saw. Connie Hawkins, Earl "The PearL" Monroe, the incomparable Wilt Chamberlain. 100 points in an NBA game, let's see Michael never came close to that. Oscar "The Big O" Robertson, he of the triple double fame. Bill Russell, Michael certainly did not get as many rings as Bill did in his playing days. There was no ESPN, TNT, NBA
TV, etc, back in the day. It's TV and highlight films that are shown over and over again and again. I'll throw Kobe in the mix because he was the ultimate finisher. Shaq, back in his heyday was a heck of a player, Pistol "Pete" Maravich could shoot with the basketball with anyone and lucky for the NBA, there was no "three point" line back in the day. Magic "Earvin" Johnson, who created showtime. The bottom line is
Michael was the best of his time. But, the greatest player ever, no way. No Scottie Pippen or the very component of that team who gets no love or appreciation, Dennis Rodman, no 6 championship rings for Michael. Taking nothing away from Michael, but without the pieces that surrounded him, he was just a basketball scoring champ. As for Lebron James, he'll establish his legacy in this era and when he finally wins a championship, and he will, it will still be for this era. Could LeBron, Michael, Kobe, and many more play in any area, absolutely yes !! But
you need a team to win championships. Just ask the great Julius "Dr. J" Erving. I believe in Philly, he got just one if I recall, but definitely no more than two. Even the great "Magic" would tell you that without Kareem, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Jamal Wilkes, Byron Scott, "Storming" Norm Nixon, and many other great Lakers, he would have been great, but not the greatest. Larry "Legend" Bird, needed the "Chief", Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, and all the other great Celtics. Michael Jordan was a scoring machine, but the greatest ever, I doubt it seriously. There are so many greatest ever NBA stars, not just one. 



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:44 am
 

LeBron responds to Pippen's claims

exactly.the above post is dead on... writers and apologists need to stop whining. we all know MJ is the best right now, we saw him we know.

we also know lebron is young, has no rings, but look at what this dude is doing at 26...he is (this yr) hitting huge shots; he passes as good as anyone right now; he plays D like a workhorse, and he is a top 2 scorer in the league - oh yea he rebounds too

funny enough I think the Heat have a ton of trouble with the Mavs. Regardless lebron right now, stacked up vs anyone's career TO DATE only vs his is well worth comparison


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