LeBron James Better Than Michael Jordan? 23 Reasons Scottie Pippen Is Crazy

Ryan The Broker@@ryanthebrokerAnalyst IMay 29, 2011

LeBron James Better Than Michael Jordan? 23 Reasons Scottie Pippen Is Crazy

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    To be honest, hearing Scottie Pippen talk about Michael Jordan and LeBron James last week made me a little sick to my stomach.

    I grew up watching Michael Jordan. I doubt there will ever be another player quite like MJ in my lifetime.

    Michael Jordan is not only the best basketball player who ever played the game, he may be the most dominant athlete of all time. 

    Even LeBron knows it. He told Marc Spears at Yahoo,“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." 

    “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.”

    So if Lebron knows it, why would Scottie Pippen, of all people, say something like that?

    He is either the biggest Jordan hater of all time, or he is crazy.

    If you are like Scottie Pippen and you believe LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan, here are 23 reasons why you are both crazy.

6 NBA Championships

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    Probably the most telling of all on this list, Michael Jordan has six NBA Championships.

    How can anyone compare someone who doesn't even have one with someone who has six?

    I truly do not understand this.

    Until LeBron has five, he can not even be considered better than Kobe, let alone MJ.

    Let's see LeBron win at least one before comparing him to the greatest of all time.

    As I write this he has zero.

    True, he may get one with this All Star team Miami put together, but he still has a long way to go.

6 NBA Finals MVP Awards

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    Not only did Jordan win six Championships, but he was the MVP in all six.

    Maybe this is why Scottie is so mad. I will admit that it may be hard to stand in the shadow of Michael Jordan your whole career, but come on Scottie!

    Name an MVP award he didn't deserve.

2 3-Peats

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    Jordan not only won six championships, he won them in two three peats.

    Winning a Championships is amazing.

    Winning two back to back hardly ever happens.

    Winning a three peat is almost impossible.

    Winning a three peat, retiring to play a little baseball, coming back and doing it again is as insane as these comparisons.

5 Time NBA MVP

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    Although he deserved it almost every year he played, Michael Jordan was the MVP of the league five times. 

    On the Heat, with Wayde and Bosh on his team, I am not sure anyone could ever justify an MVP award for LeBron again.

    On the Cavs, for sure.

    On the Heat, no.

Ten NBA Scoring Titles

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    An offensive machine, Michael Jordan led the NBA in scoring 10 times.

    There has never been a better scorer then Michael Jordan. His records stand till this day.

    His highest career regular season scoring average was 30.12 points per game

    His highest career playoff scoring average was 33.45 points per game. 

3-Time Steals Leader

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    Jordan was a vicious defender and was a three time NBA steals leader. 

    He was the complete player.

NCAA National Championship

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    One thing LeBron will never be able to say, "I won a NCAA National Championship." 

11 All-NBA Selections

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    Jordan was selected to the All NBA Team 11 Times.

    That's another record that needs to be met before we even start comparing the two.

14 NBA All-Star Selections

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    Jordan was an All Star 14 times.

    LeBron has many years before even approaching that record. 

3-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP

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    Jordan was a three time All Star MVP.

    An award he could have easily won ever year. Jordan made the top players in the NBA look like school children.

3-Time Minutes Leader

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    Michael Jordan played all the time.

    He was the NBA minutes leader in three different years.

    Why they make a big deal of LeBron playing 48, is beyond me.

2-Time NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion

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    Jordan amazed us all with his dunking.

    He won the NBA slam Dunk Contest in 1987 and 1988 before he stopped participating.

    LeBron James does not have the hang time or grace of Michael Jordan.

9 All-Defensive First Team Selections

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    Jordan was as good on defense as he was on offense.

    He was a nine time All Defensive first team selection. 

    His opponents feared him on defense as much as they feared being poster-ized.

Character

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    Michael Jordan knew how to be a professional.

    He always stayed quiet and got the job done.

    MJ never gave excuses.

    Aside from his recent remarks denying the comparisons by Scottie, LeBron has really never shown that quality character that we saw in Jordan. 

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

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    Lebron James has yet to win a defensive player of the year award.

    He has good defense, but nothing like MJ.

    MJ won defensive player in 87-88.

Loyalty

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    One of the most important differences between MJ and Lebron is loyalty.

    Michael Jordan did not leave the Bulls win they struggled early in his career.

    He stuck with it and turned Chicago into a championship organization.

He Wouldn't Rig His Team

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    Michael Jordan is a competitor.

    He would never imagine rigging his team.

    "There's no way, in hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry (Bird), called up Magic(Johnson) and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,'" Jordan said during an interview on NBC after playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada 

Jumpman

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    With one of the most successful brands of all time.

    Jumpman is the symbol of perfection and excellence, in not just basketball, but in all of sports.

He Improved the Players Around Him

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    Michael Jordans' teammates were better because of him.

    Do you think Scottie Pippen would have been as successful if Jordan wasn’t there being double and triple teamed constantly?

    Jordan was also a strong player-coach, improving his team mates every game.

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

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    LeBron James has had sportsmanship issues.

    After losing in 2009 to the Magic, he stormed off like a high school kid.

    Jordan won Sportsman of the year in 1991.

    I do not think we will see LeBron win this award anytime soon.

Ranked Number 1 in ESPN Sportscentury's Top 100 Athletes

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    Michael Jordan is not only the best basketball player to ever play the game, he is also the best athlete of the 20th century according to ESPN.

Leadership

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    With out Michael there would be no LeBron; there would be no Kobe; there would be no Rose.

    If it wasn’t for MJ showing the world what a turn around jumper was, how to play all out basketball, and how to will yourself to win, the LeBron James you see today, would not exist.

The Greatest of All Time

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    Michael Jordan is with out doubt, the greatest basketball player of all time. If you have ever watched him play, you wouldn't deny it.

    The recent hype surrounding LeBron James and Michael Jordan is just that, hype.

    Any real student of the game knows, there is no comparison.