Scottie Pippen Says He Was Lebron James Before Lebron James
The best current NBA player, LeBron James, is always being compared to the greatest player of all-time, Michael Jordan, or Magic Johnson, but it’s one of Jordan’s sidekicks that feels he has the most similarities with LBJ.
“They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he’s more closer to myself,” Pippen said. “It’s natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you’ll see more similarities with us.”
LeBron James, from a physical standpoint, is much more Scottie Pippen than he is Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. Furthermore, Pippen’s tenacious defense and his ability to not only score but assist and rebound are the same attributes that define LeBron’s game.
So when it comes to comparing LeBron to former NBA greats, Scottie certainly needs to be in the discussion… to some degree.
But, the 6-time champ went as far as to say he was LeBron James before LeBron James. #Inception
“I was LeBron James before LeBron James,” Pippen told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “It’s not even close.”
“I’m no slouch, but when comparing LeBron’s game, I’m usually left out,” he added.
LeBron is absolutely a better scorer and athlete than Scottie was but you can certainly see similarities in their size, defense, and ability to rebound & assist.
But why does every premier athlete have to be a mold of someone from the past? Scottie was Scottie. Michael was Michael. Magic was Magic, and LeBron is LeBron.
Sure, you can see attributes from each of their games in LeBron’s style of play- and while I do agree with Scottie’s point that he shouldn’t be left out of the conversation- the fact is LeBron’s a unique talent unlike anything we’ve seen.