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Pippen Says LeBron May be Better Than Jordan

Former Bull says Jordan a better "scorer," LeBron may be "greatest player"

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, May 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:35 PM CDT
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Scottie Pippen is receiving criticism for his comments about LeBron versus Jordan.

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Has Robin betrayed Batman?

Scottie Pippen made some statements on an ESPN radio show Friday that may be tantamount to blasphemy, not only in Bulls land, but in the entire hoops universe.

Pippen called Michael Jordan the "greatest scorer to play the game," but reserved higher praise for LeBron James.

"I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved."

Jordan supporters will no doubt mention that Pippen and Jordan won six titles together in the 1990s in comparison to LeBron's zero championships.

But Pippen calls James a "man on a mission" who's disproved doubters that said he can't make big shots. James led the Miami Heat to a series victory over the Bulls, closing things out with a 83-80 victory in Game 5 Thursday.

Pippen responded to the critical firestorm with a comment on his Twitter feed Friday morning:

"For all of you that don't know, I played the game you keep watching and cheering."

Just to be clear: 

Michael Jordan: 6 Championships, 5 MVP awards, 6 Finals MVP awards.

LeBron James: 0 Championships, 0 Finals MVP awards, 2 regular season MVP awards.

Something tells us Batman is brooding.

UPDATE: Pippen clarified his comments with this tweet shortly after noon Friday:

"Don't get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday."
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