Skip to main content

Pippen, McGrady, and Pierce think LeBron still has to prove himself

LeBron-Holywood

A discussion about LeBron’s legacy is always a hot topic to debate. Some think he has done already enough to be considered the greatest ever, some think it is already over for that, as he has had too many failures in his career, while some think there is still time to prove his case and improve on his legacy if he wants to be considered the GOAT.

James himself thinks that he has done enough in his illustrious career so far and doesn’t need to prove himself anymore, winning 3 titles in 9 Finals appearances, as his chapter with the Lakers is only icing on the cake of his career that can possibly improve his legacy and not harm it.

But the crew on ESPN’s The Jump debated this topic, as they disagreed with LeBron. NBA legends Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce all shared their points of view.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Scottie Pippen:

I think it’s legit to some degree. You don’t come play for the Lakers unless you’re turning on the title, because they shop and they shop heavy and they go get the groceries that they want. They are normally able to get it. So LeBron seems like he realized this trade wasn’t going to go through.

Paul Pierce:

He says to everyone else he doesn’t have anything to prove, but I believe LeBron wants to be recognized as the greatest player that ever played and in that sense he does have something to prove. He’s just not going to come out and say it…but in order to be the goat …there’s some things some more things we believe he still has to do .

Tracy McGrady:

We talking about the most prestigious franchises in our game, look at all the players that have come through the greatness of you know the Jerry West, Kareem, the Magic’s, those that they all won championships. Kobe, Shaq… LeBron is arguable, he’s one of the greatest of all-time right and he’s been the best player in our league for 10-plus years… he hasn’t won a championship when he put on that Lakers uniform

As LeBron said before he is chasing the ghost from Chicago aka Michael Jordan. Although LeBron felt he caught it and said he is the GOAT in the euphoria of winning the 2016 title, it seems that if he wants to achieve that he has to win in the purple and gold jersey.

Dirk Nowitzki at the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit

"Between practices I had to get tutoring in a separate room" - Dirk Nowitzki used to bring a tutor with him while traveling with Germany's junior national team

Dirk Nowitzki revealed that he had to bring a private tutor with him during his days with Germany's junior national team as he had to play and study at the same time.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

"Are you willing to come back and be a coachable player?"-How Phil Jackson talked to Kobe Bryant before they reunited in 2006

The time Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson spent apart from each other made them realize that they needed each other to accomplish their goals.

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky outearns several NBA players

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky is closer to making a million each year than some NBA players on minimum contracts.

ben-wallace-darvin-ham-min

“I know he’s a great locker room guy!”- Ben Wallace believes Darvin Ham will do great things with the Lakers

Darvin Ham and Ben Wallace won a title together and their bond will forever remain tight.

Reggie Miller doing the choke sign

Reggie Miller on talking to New York Knicks fans: 'They love to come up and do the choke sign. They think it’s so cool'

Reggie Miller said most Knicks fans still hate him and they let him know about it by doing doing his iconic choke taunt in 1995.

Michael Jordan more popular than Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton: Sesame Street poll

"I couldn’t do anything!" - Michael Jordan once named the only player he couldn't dominate

Michael Jordan loved the competition and he often dominated his rivals. But shockingly, he wasn't able to do so against one player.

The first time Larry Bird and Magic Johnson matched up in the NBA

Larry Bird pointed out his similarities with Magic Johnson: 'We were winners, there was no question about that'

Larry Bird talked about what he thinks were his similarities with his ultimate rival Magic Johnson.