Who's the greatest?
Michael Jordan's former teammate has a few thoughts, and it's not exactly what you might think.
Speaking on ESPN Radio on Friday morning, in the wake of the Miami Heat eliminating the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, Scottie Pippen warned not to sell Heat forward LeBron James short.
"Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far to say LeBron James is probably the greatest player to ever play the game," said Pippen, who is still affiliated with the Bulls but also has a South Florida residence.
"Not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved. You have to be on your Ps and Qs because everybody is a threat to score when he's on the floor. Not only that, LeBron James will dominate the game on the offensive end and he's able to do it on the defensive end as well. He can get in those passing lanes and dominate the game."
Pippen, the Hall of Fame forward who shared in six Bulls titles with Jordan, was in attendance Thursday night at the United Center when the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals, a series against the Dallas Mavericks that opens Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
He exited impressed, noting the jump James has made in his eighth season.
"He has really brought the complete package," Pippen said. "I've never seen a player that can dominate a game the way LeBron James can. He doesn't always have to score. He makes plays for other guys. But when the game is on the line and you need a shot to be made, he's going to make that play. He's shown that throughout this series that he can make big shots."
Thursday, that meant scoring 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter, including a pair of critical 3-pointers.
"I think there has always been a knock on him that he doesn't make the big shots down the stretch," Pippen said. "Well, I think they can put that behind him now. He's a shot-maker. And right now he's a man on a mission."
Pippen: LeBron might be better than MJ
Who's the greatest?