Scottie Pippen calls out interviewer for asking a “dumba** question” when asking him to choose between Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
The ‘GOAT’ has debate is merely the final iteration of the never-ending argument involving both Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Back when the latter was still in search for his first-ever NBA championship, fans and analysts debated on whether LeBron could ever catch the ghost in Chicago as opposed to now, where a majority of the general public believe James has done enough to be considered for the title of ‘GOAT’.
LeBron James had already established himself as a force to be reckoned with in his first few years and by the time he set off for South Beach, had become the best player in the NBA, after numerous Playoff stints and 2 consecutive MVP snags.
During the 2011-12 NBA season, Bulls legend Scottie Pippen took to the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 to talk about a variety of topics. However, the topic had naturally leaned into discussing his more accomplished partner-in-crime from the 90s; Michael Jordan.
Scottie Pippen irked by a question about LeBron James and Michael Jordan
Prior to this interview, Scottie Pippen had stated that LeBron James would become the greatest to ever lace up in NBA history. However, this quote by him was taken out of context and many believed Pippen had said that the ‘ring-less’ 2x MVP had already surpassed the 6x champ in the all-time standings.
“I never said that LeBron was the greatest. That was never said. I said by the end of his career, his numbers will be better. And I still stand by that. I think LeBron’s numbers are crazy only because he’s going to get in more years than Michael Jordan.”
“Michael probably really only played 11 years in this league, and when you look at a kid like LeBron, who started at 18, 19 years old, he’s probably going to pass Michael Jordan by his numbers in his first 10, 11 years in the league.”
With Pippen having cleared up this misconception on his far too early crowning of LeBron James, the interviewer decided to ask him if he’d take James over Jordan as a teammate. As expected, the All-Defensive forward didn’t seem too pleased by such a question.
“That’s a dumba** question. I’ve never done anything with LeBron. I wouldn’t take LeBron to the movies with me.”