Predicting the next Jordan is a lot like predicting the rapture. You never know when it’s going to happen and you get ridiculed if you are incorrect.
The recent comments from Scottie Pippen regarding LeBron James unseating Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time demonstrate that prediction is a delicate and dangerous game.
But is what Scottie Pippen really said all that earth shattering? There have been far poorer prophecies about the second coming of Jordan (see Kwame Brown) and there is no reason to believe that Pippen has held a chip on his shoulder towards Jordan for over decade since they last played together.
The underlying storyline in ‘Bron-Gate’ is if Scottie Pippen really has sour grapes for Michael Jordan.
Regardless of Pippen and Jordan’s present feelings for one another, this feud is extremely petty compared to these things that ended friendships and brought dangerous new implications to the professional sports landscape.