Horace Grant 'totally' disagrees that LeBron may be better than Michael
In a radio interview with WMVP-AM in Chicago, Horace Grant says he "totally disagrees" with former Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen that LeBron James may be a better player than Michael Jordan:
"Wow. Pippen's my man, and we'll always be close, but I totally disagree. LeBron is going to be one of the top players to ever play the game, but Michael Jeffrey Jordan -- who we bumped heads at times -- is I think, the best basketball player I've ever seen."
Grant played seven seasons with the Bulls, including Chicago's first three championship seasons with Jordan and Pippen from 1991-93.
Pippen favorably compared James to his running mate on six championship teams Friday during ESPN2's Mike and Mike in the Morning program.
Pippen's comments immediately went viral on the Internet and he defended his remarks on Twitter:
"For all of you that don't know, I played the game you keep watching and cheering."
"Don't get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday."
"Every NBA generation has a new set of stars and LeBron is there as the best all around player in the game."
Here's what Pippen told Mike and Mike co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Chris Broussard:
"Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game. I may go so far as saying 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. You have to be on your P's and Q's on defense. No guy on the basketball court is a threat to score with LeBron James out there. Not only will LeBron dominate from the offensive end as well, but he's also doing it on the defensive end, which really makes him the complete package. He's able to get in those passing lanes, shoot those gaps and create transition opportunities where he is pretty much unstoppable."
Game On! readers have been weighing in:
"Wow, Scottie. Really? Sounds like you have a bone to pick with MJ," commented GreenEye. "And No, LeBron is not better than MJ. At least not yet. Gimme a break!"
Added EdG: "I'll believe this BS when LeBron has half as many championship rings, or when pigs fly - whichever happens first."
But Ronsmac doesn't see what all the screaming is about: "Of course, LeBron is a better all around player, MJ was a better scorer. This isn't even news."
Where do you side on the royal debate over King James vs. His Airness?