Scottie Pippen: LeBron James ‘plays a lot more like’ Magic Johnson than Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
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NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen believes Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James isn’t yet on the level of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Pippen said it will be more realistic to compare James to him and Magic Johnson.

“I don’t think he’s surpassed Kobe at all, no. And I don’t think he should be compared to either of those players. Kobe and Michael [Jordan] are both guards, they’re both scorers,” Pippen said. “I’d like to compare him to Magic. He plays a lot more like Magic [Johnson], a lot more like myself, how I played. Obviously, he’s more dominant than both me and Magic because of the way he plays the game — his physicality, his athleticism surpassed Magic as well as me.”

G.O.A.T. – Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?

Some people believe that LeBron James is the standard-bearer of the post-Kobe Bryant era. There has been a continuous debate among fans who should be called the G.O.A.T. or the Greatest Player of All Time. James’ name was frequently mentioned with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

If the championship rings will be the basis, Jordan should be G.O.A.T. since he won six NBA championship titles with the Bulls. Bryant retired with five while James currently has three. However, Pippen believes James shouldn’t be compared to Bryant and Jordan since he has a different position with the two.

Though Pippen found similarities between James and Magic, he made it clear that “The King” had not surpassed Johnson after all. However, Pippen said that James was special in that he runs his team in a way Bryant and Jordan never did.

Charles Barkley reveals how LeBron James can get on Kobe’s level

TNT Analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley shared the same sentiment as Scottie Pippen, saying that James isn’t yet on the level of Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. However, Barkley said that if James and the Cavaliers will beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this season, he can move up to Bryant’s level.

“If LeBron is able to beat the Golden State Warriors, I might move him up to Kobe Bryant’s status. Michael (Jordan)’s got six championships — that’s a whole other planet. LeBron has three championships. He’s one of the 10 greatest players ever. If they’re able to beat the Golden State Warriors, that would be incredible. And I’d put him on the same level as Kobe Bryant at that point … I don’t understand why people just move him right past Kobe Bryant. Bryant won five championships. He’s done some things we’ve never seen before,” Barkley said.

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