NBA Finals: LeBron humbled by Jordan comparison
MIAMI ó Scottie Pippen said LeBron James may be basketballís greatest player ever.
Among those who disagree: LeBron James.
The Miami Heat forward provided his reaction to Pippenís comparison between James and Michael Jordan on Saturday, essentially saying he was flattered by the sentiment but simply does not believe heís done enough to merit mention among the gameís highest echelon.
ěIím not better than Jordan,î James said.
Pippen ó who won six championships alongside Jordan in Chicago during the Bullsí epic run in the 1990s ó told ESPN Radio on Friday that while Jordan is ěprobably the greatest scorer to play the game,î James ěmay be the greatest player to ever play the game.î
Pippen even backed up the comments later on Twitter, hours after his words sparked a bit of a firestorm, though tried to clarify a bit by saying that while he thinks Jordan ěis the greatest,î James ěcouldî reach that pinnacle in time.
James seemed mildly uncomfortable by the discussion.
ěMichaelís an unbelievable player,î James said Saturday. ěIíve got a long way ó long way ó to be mentioned as far as one of the all-time greats. Not even just Jordan. Thereís a lot of great players who have played in this league. Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all these guys who are floating around with multiple rings, Bill Russell, all these guys who have pioneered this game.
ěIím gracious. Humbled by Scottieís comments, especially with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis. But as far as me, Iím not going to sit here and say Iím better than Jordan. Iím not better than Jordan.î
James is four wins away from his first NBA championship. The Heat host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night.
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