Scottie Pippen Says LeBron Hasn’t Surpassed Kobe Bryant ‘At All’ (VIDEO)
Ever since LeBron James and the Cavs came back from 3-1 to defeat the record-breaking Golden State Warriors and capture his 3rd NBA title, the talk of him possibly surpassing the great Michael Jordan has only gotten louder.
The problem with the comparisons between the two is that LeBron has to first surpass Kobe Bryant in order to be better than Michael Jordan, which he hasn’t, according to Scottie Pippen.
“I don’t think he’s (LeBron) surpassed Kobe (Bryant) at all, no,” Pippen told Cari Champion during a Wednesday appearance on ESPN. “And I don’t think he (LeBron) should be compared to either of those players (Jordan or Bryant), because they play different positions.
“Kobe and Michael (Jordan) are both two-guards. They’re both scorers. They’re mostly like a Kyrie (Irving). They’re looking to score the basketball when it hits their hand. They’re not looking to make plays for anyone on the floor. They’re not looking to be a facilitator. That’s the role that LeBron plays because he’s such a dominant and powerful force, and he’s a great passer.”
As fas as comparisons go, Scottie says LeBron needs to be placed in a category with another Laker great, Magic Johnson.
“I think he plays a lot more like Magic. A lot more like myself, how I played,” Pippen added. “Obviously he’s more dominant than both me and Magic because of the way that he plays the game – his physicality, his athleticism surpass Magic, as well as me.”
“I don’t want to say he’s surpassed Magic. They’re both up there,” said Pippen. “Magic is truly one of the greatest to ever play the game, and he transcended how a big guard, 6-foot-9, could play all over the floor, and really motivated me that I could play at the top of the floor and run an offense, as well.
“That’s what you’re seeing in LeBron. He’s a guy that runs a team. We never saw Kobe and Michael at the point running a team. They’re not comfortable in that position because when they cross halfcourt, they’re thinking to score.”