Last month, Scottie Pippen shocked us all when he said that LeBron James might be the greatest player in basketball history…you know, rather than that other guy Pippen used to play with. Would a vengeful Jordan lie in wait, then strike and devour Pippen whole like a snake?*
Thankfully, now we’ll (probably) never know, because yesterday he clarified his position and said not only did he mean Jordan no disrespect, but he views Jordan as the greatest of all time, just like you and me.
“The comments that I made were basically giving LeBron some props as a player, not to dismantle any player like Michael. We all know that he’s the greatest player that ever played the game.”
But wait, “he’s the greatest player” in that context is still slightly ambiguous! What if he didn’t mean Jordan when he said it?!?!?! Nah, just kidding, we’re pretty sure he meant Jordan. (He also tweeted that Jordan was the greatest ever during the original ruckus, for what it’s worth.)Pippen added that he and Jordan are on good terms and “talk…all the time,” which is just what Jordan would want Pippen to think if he were planning to retaliate.
In light of all this clarification from Pippen, it’s worth revisiting his original quote:
“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game. 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.”
Doesn’t exactly sound like a guy who “knows” that Jordan was the greatest ever…and makes these recent comments sound a little more like backtracking than clarification. Oh well – at least Pippen didn’t make any lame excuses like that the media took him out of context:
“I think it was taken a little bit out of context.
There was no problem between me and Michael. I think [the media] chewed into it a little too much.”
Ugh. We’d almost rather he claimed his Twitter got hacked…even though this controversy had nothing to do with Twitter. (Actually, that would have been great.) Also, if Jordan, say, challenged Pippen to a one-on-one game just so he could be really sure who was the greatest ever, is there anyone who wouldn’t watch?
*Note: enhancing that image by imagining Jordan slithering across the ground, snake-style – but in fully human form – is highly recommended.