Scottie Pippen: I did not say I’d take LeBron over Michael Jordan

As we gear toward the 2014 Bulls home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Scottie Pippen joined the Kap and Haugh Show Friday morning 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.”

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On May 27, 2011 on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike In The Morning,” Pippen made these remarks:

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 in 2011, Pippen went on Twitter to follow up with his comments.


Written by Nick Endress

Nick Endress

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