Last month, Thomas said on NBA TV that he’d pick LeBron over Jordan if forced to pick, examining their “total body of work” and choosing the Cavaliers superstar. The analysis seemed reasonable enough unless you disagree with the conclusion. Pippen, however, clearly does.
NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen was on ESPN’s The Jump on Friday, and he was shown comments made by fellow Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who said he’d pick LeBron James over Michael Jordan. Suffice to say, Pippen disagreed.
“I don’t agree with nothing Zeke ever said,” Pippen noted. “I don’t even agree with nothing he ever did.”
Pippen continued in the same fashion.
“You know what, I find that comment there just hating,” he continued. “I’ve never seen this guy embrace or thank Michael Jordan for what he did for our game, done for our league. Done for all the kids out here in terms of basketball. Michael Jordan was the greatest to ever put on shoes and play in our game. No doubt about it.”
I’ve never seen this guy embrace or thank Michael Jordan for what he did for our game, done for our league. Done for all the kids out here in terms of basketball.
Michael Jordan was the greatest to ever put on shoes and play in our game. No doubt about it.”
For his part, Pippen did offer a compelling argument for Jordan’s greatness over LeBron, noting how differently the two are asked to play in their respective eras.
“I’m always asked to compare him to LeBron, I try to make the best of it. But really the comparison shouldn’t ever be made. They both play two different positions. The way LeBron James plays? Michael Jordan was never asked to play that way. Because I took that away from him. I was the point forward. I was the facilitator. Michael Jordan was a scorer. He was a defender. He played the game as complete as LeBron James did when he needed to. But he was asked to score the basketball and that’s what he was great at.”