Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player ever. But, of course, now he and his legacy are under attack from Scottie Pippen, who absurdly called him “horrible” in his early career.
For reference, Jordan won six championships and provided some of the most compelling moments in NBA history. Who can forget games 4 and 5 in the 1997 finals against the Utah Jazz? Jordan got food poisoning, then the flu, and while spiking a fever of over 100, he willed the Bulls to a 3-2 lead with 38 points. Truly compelling stuff.
While armchair historians love to compare players from different generations and try to decide via their expertise who was the best, few can really dispute Jordan’s dominance and impact on the game both on the court and off.
Unless you are Scottie Pippen. It is well known that the two former pals have fallen on hard times where their relationship is concerned, but Pippen recently fired not one, but two shots across the bow at his former buddy Jordan.
So wait Scottie Pippen said Jordan was horrible till he got to Chicago….interesting because their first playoff series together Michael Jordan’s avg 45 PPG and Scottie avg….*checks notes* 10 PPG…. pic.twitter.com/wqYe6SvctQ
— Dr Skipper (@VictorySlap4700) May 29, 2023
On an episode of “Gimme The Hot Sauce” podcast, Pippen dished out some Texas Pete with a side of Ghost Peppers by suggesting that Jordan was a “horrible player” early in his career, and James has had a better statistical career not just over Jordan, but everyone ever to play the game.
Pippen told the podcast, via Fox News: “LeBron will be the greatest statistical guy to ever play the game of basketball. And there’s no comparison to him. None.”
When asked if James was the greatest ever, he responded: “leave that up for debate.”
Continuing and not letting facts get in the way of his hot take, he said, “I saw Jordan play before I came to play with the Bulls. You guys saw him play. He was a horrible player. He was horrible to play with. He was all one-on-one, he’s shooting bad shots,”
LeBron, of course, isn’t the king of the court. He’s the king of two things: flopping and using basketball to push leftist politics. Everyone knows he flops on the court to gain an advantage, so if that’s included in Pippen’s supposed statistics, then perhaps his comments were accurate.
And, of course, there’s the leftism LeBron is known for. As an example, according to NBA news outlet Nbamaniacs, LeBron James “launched More than a Vote, an initiative to resurrect the black vote in the upcoming election, so that it could make a difference in getting Donald Trump out of the White House.” He also attacked a pro-Hong Kong player, saying, “A lot of people could have been hurt not only financially, but physically, emotionally and spiritually, so we have to be careful what we tweet, say and do. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but there can also be a lot of negative things that come with that.”
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