May 27, 2011


ESPN: Scottie Pippen had a front-row seat to watch Miami's LeBron James help oust the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs, and the Hall of Famer believes James might supplant Pippen's former running mate Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever.

"Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game," Pippen said Friday on "Mike & Mike In The Morning" on ESPN Radio. "But 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.

Wow, this is just a shitty couple of weeks for Lebron James haters dislikers like myself. He beat Boston. Won the NBA Championship Eastern Conference Semifinals. Sort of apologized to Cleveland. Beat da Bulls. And played clutch the whole way through. But articles like this just annoy the hell out of me.

Sure Lebron could be better than MJ. He's probably going to win his first title in two weeks. But can we STILL wait six championships seconds before we anoint him as the second coming of #23? He'd still have to win 5 more titles just to TIE him! And we'd still have to forget about James taking the easy way out before winning his first title (assuming he even does). So can we relax a little please?

Also, (and obviously) just because someone (even if he is a hall of famer/the greatest sidekick in NBA history) says something COULD happen doesn't mean it will. All Scottie said was that Lebron could be the best player ever...if he wins 6 championships...including two three-peats...a bunch of MVPs, yada yada yada.

Need a douchey real world example to compare with? What Scottie said would be like me saying:

Paul Gallant COULD play college basketball*
* (assuming I could dribble with my left hand, were over 6'0, didn't flagrant foul my way out of every single game, and had different parents...)

Paul Gallant COULD be a better Lawyer than Johnny Cochran*
* (assuming I went to law school, actually GOT IN to a law school, and actually pass courses in law school, got a job as a lawyer, actually got asked to take on a serious OJ case, and somehow convince the world that a guilty man is innocent because a glove doesn't fit)

Paul Gallant COULD marry Marisa Miller*

* (assuming I got a real job, got rich, do steroids, grow 4 inches, and turn my beautiful locks into a mohawk)

Paul Gallant COULD be President*
* (assuming I toned down the cursing, drinking, shouting, being a general prick, toned up the smartness a significant amount, and got a normal haircut)

Paul Gallant COULD get a job covering sports*
* (...Shit better get on that)

Regardless. People. Chill with the freaking MJ comparisons. HE'S NOT EVEN CLOSE YET. That is all.

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