HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS (DALLAS OFFICE) — In Chicago, Scottie Pippen‘s name rhymes with winning.
Six NBA titles have a way of making that happen.
But Bulls fans had to cringe this morning when Pippen suggested, on ESPN Radio’s Mike And Mike In the Morning, that LeBron James, and not his former teammate, Michael Jordan, could end up being the greatest all-around player the league has ever seen.
No, seriously, Pippen said it:
“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game,” Pippen said. “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 Ps and Qs on defense. No guy on the basketball court is not 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.”
You lost us at “but,” Scottie.
And maybe it’s a generational thing. Maybe we’ve romanticized the Jordan era the same way our predecessors did the Magic-Bird era of the NBA or the old school crowd did the Celtics’ dynasty.
LeBron over Jordan right now, before LeBron actually gets his first ring?
That’s a tough sell here at the hideout. We know it can’t be going over well in Chicago. Not after last night.
What say you?