LeBron James has discovered humility… or a great PR/Management team.
Following Scottie Pippen ‘controversial’ statement that Cry Baby Bron Bron might be better than Michael Jordan – the man responsible for all of Pippen’s championship rings; as well as reports that despite blowing through the Easter Conference with the Miami Heat, people actually hate LeBron more than they did following “The Decision,” LeBron spoke on his MJ comparisons saying they were premature.
The Miami Heat forward provided his reaction to Pippen’s comparison between James and Michael Jordan on Saturday, essentially saying he was flattered by the sentiment but simply does not believe he’s done enough to merit mention among the game’s highest echelon.
“I’m not better than Jordan,” James said.
Pippen — who won six championships alongside Jordan in Chicago during the Bulls’ epic run in the 1990s — told ESPN Radio on Friday that while Jordan is “probably the greatest scorer to play the game,” James “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”
Pippen even backed up the comments later on Twitter, hours after his words sparked a bit of a firestorm, though tried to clarify a bit by saying that while he thinks Jordan “is the greatest,” James “could” reach that pinnacle in time.
James seemed mildly uncomfortable by the discussion.
“Michael’s an unbelievable player,” James said Saturday. “I’ve got a long way — long way — to be mentioned as far as one of the all-time greats. Not even just Jordan. There’s a lot of great players who have played in this league. Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all these guys who are floating around with multiple rings, Bill Russell, all these guys who have pioneered this game.
“I’m gracious. Humbled by Scottie’s comments, especially with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis. But as far as me, I’m not going to sit here and say I’m better than Jordan. I’m not better than Jordan.”
This is the same kid who came into the game pissing people off by choosing to rock the number 23 on his jersey, the same number he’s rocked whenever possible since High School. In other words, we don’t believe Bron doesn’t believe he’s on MJ’s level. By a long shot.
We were also unaware that Bron knew how to apply the words “gracious” and “humble” in the first person.
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