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Mourning: Pippen said LeBron would have kicked Jordan's butt

By Royce Young | NBA writer

So there's Alonzo Mourning, a former Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat great, talking to a group of people at the opening of a Microsoft store in Miami.

He was asked about LeBron James and Michael Jordan. So to make his point, Mourning decided to share a story.

"You know, Scottie Pippen and I were just at Michael's 50th birthday party, hanging out for a week, and we were talking. I'm going to tell you what Scottie said," Mourning started. "I'm going to tell you what Scottie said."

What did Scottie say!?!?

"Scottie said that LeBron would've kicked MJ's ass," Mourning said.

Oh boy.

"I said, 'Scottie, you're right,' but, because LeBron is my size," Mourning said. "He weighs 265, so when he's playing point guard, it's like a freight train coming. I couldn't imagine doing the things he's doing at my size."

Could Mourning have just been kind of kidding around while pandering to a partisan crowd? Sure. But it sounded sincere. Kind of weird to just hang Pippen out there like that, though.

Relevant to this: Mourning not only has previous ties to the Heat, he still works for the organization. Not saying he's a liar, just that he's far from impartial.

Also relevant: Remember when Pippen stirred up controversy by saying LeBron might be the greatest overall player to play the game? Here's what he said in 2011:

"Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game," Pippen said. "But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved. You have to be on your Ps and Qs on defense. No guy on the basketball court is not a threat to score with LeBron James out there. Not only will LeBron dominate from the offensive end as well, but he's also doing it on the defensive end which really makes him the complete package. He's able to get in those passing lanes, shoot those gaps and create transition opportunities where he is pretty much unstoppable."

At that time, LeBron was 26 and had not yet won a championship. So those comments seemed almost extreme and too bold. Now, perspectives have changed with LeBron putting on a ring and winning a fourth MVP. Still, he's just 28 and has a lot of legacy yet to write. We all love to compare and measure and contrast, but let's let LeBron write his full story before we start this thing.

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