LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers showed a spectacular performance in the post-season to reach the Western Conference Finals, where they were swept by Nikola Jokic's Denver Nuggets 4-0, and end their season on a high. During the regular season, LeBron James became the all-time leading point scorer in NBA history and after getting eliminated from the playoffs, many former NBA players have weighed in on the G.O.A.T debate between LeBron and Michael Jordan.
Recently, six-time NBA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star, Scottie Pippen gave his verdict on the greatest of all-time debate between his former Chicago Bulls teammate, Jordan and the Lakers forward, James. However, the two former Bulls teammates don't seem to be close friends now since the release of "The Last Dance" on Netflix in 2020 as Pippen felt disrespected.
During the Gimme the Hot Sauce! podcast, Scottie Pippen commented on two of the best athletes in the NBA history and said, "LeBron will be the greatest statistical guy to ever play the game of basketball, and there's no comparison to him, none. So, does that make him the greatest player to ever play the game? I'll leave that out for debates because I don't believe that there's a great player because our game is a team game and one player can't do it."
He went on to talk about Jordan and said, "I've seen Michael Jordan play before I came to the play with the Bulls. You guys seen him play. He was a horrible player. He was horrible to play with. He was all 1-on-1, shooting bad shots. All of a sudden, we become a team and we start winning. Everybody forgot who he was "
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While Michael Jordan was the third overall pick for the Bulls in the 1984 NBA draft, Pippen joined Chicago in 1987 and claimed the fortune of the Eastern Conference side was turned after his arrival as the team went on to win six titles between 1991 to 1998, winning three consecutive championships twice in eight years.