Pippen says he never claimed LeBron was better than Jordan

pippen-talksChicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen has recently said that he never claimed LeBron James was better than Michael Jordan, CSN Chicago reported.

Pippen joined the Kap and Haugh Show, to discuss a comparison he made about LeBron James to Michael Jordan in 2011.

Some of the media interpreted it as Pippen saying LeBron was better than Jordan.

“Did I ever say I’d take LeBron over Mike?” Pippen asked on Kap and Haugh. “No I did not say I’d take LeBron over Mike. The reality is you need to go back and figure out what I said.”

“People like to create some controversy, to get some excitement, to get people to listen…maybe that is what happened,” Pippen said.

Meanwhile, getting back to 2011, when Pippen made the mentioned comments, he made the following remarks on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike In The Morning” show:

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game. 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 P’s and Q’s on defense. No guy on the basketball court is 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.”

Later that day, Pippen went to Twitter, and followed on his own statements.

“Don’t get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday,” Pippen tweeted. “Every NBA generation has a new set of stars and LeBron is there as the best all around player in the game.”

Pippen won six NBA titles with the Bulls. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and now serves as special adviser to the Bulls’ president and CEO.

In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. In his NBA career, Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Portland TrailBlazers.

Pippen played in a total of 1178 NBA games (1053 started), averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.2 apg in 34.9 minutes per game.


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