LeBron James: Is Scottie Pippen a More Accurate Comparison Than Michael Jordan?

Shaun TobackCorrespondent IJune 6, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 02:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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A couple of weeks ago, Scottie Pippen made headlines by saying that LeBron James may be better than Michael Jordan.

 

Pippen drew plenty of criticism for his comments—and with good reason. While there is an argument to be made that LeBron possesses a rare combination of physical gifts that has never before existed in the NBA, not even in Jordan's prime, the killer instinct and force of will that has become intrinsic in the legend of Michael Jordan is not present in James, nor will it likely ever be seen in the NBA again.