Former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen finally took enough heat for giving Miami Heat forward LeBron James far too much praise after Miami defeated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday and acknowledged his former teammate Michael Jordan as the greatest player in the history of the Association. The “Chicago Tribune” reported that the former Bulls star said his words were taken out of context and all he was truly trying to do was to give the former member of the Cleveland Cavaliers some love for his performance against the Bulls.
Pippen in a radio interview after the Conference Finals seemed to give the nod to James as the best player of all time in the NBA. He said “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in 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’s so potent offensively that not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved.”
Friday Pippen was singing a different tune. Jordan’s former teammate said “There’s nothing really to say. The comments I made were basically giving LeBron some props as a player, not to dismantle any player like Michael. We all know he’s the greatest player who ever played the game. It was taken a little out of context. I was doing more of a conclusion from the statistics more than the accolades.”
The former Bulls forward said he and Jordan have spoken and there are no problems in their relationship. He then blamed the media for making too much of the situation. Pippen said “There are no problems between me and Michael. (The media) sort of cued into it a little bit too much.”
Pippen also said that the criticism he received from across the world of basketball did not bother him at all. He said “I kind of rolled off into the sunset and went down south and enjoyed no media, no TV. Just enjoyed life. I didn’t really get a lot from this as much as probably the organization had to deal with it, but I’m ready to move on from it.”