“Mike's an unbelievable player,” James said Saturday. “I got a long way, long way to be mentioned as one of the all-time greats. Not even just Jordan – there are a lot of great players who have played in this league: Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and all these guys that are floating around with multiple rings. Bill Russell. All of these guys who have pioneered the game for myself and [Dwyane Wade(notes)].
“I’m gracious, humbled by Scottie’s comments with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis. But as far as me? I don’t know. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m better than Jordan or if I’m not better than Jordan. It's not about that.”
Pippen made his comments on a radio station Friday morning.
"Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game,” Pippen said. “I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game."
Pippen slightly softened his comments later in the day on Twitter.
“Don’t get me wrong, M.J. was and is the greatest,” Pippen wrote. “But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday.”
- Scottie Pippen
- Michael Jordan