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Scottie Pippen: ‘I Was LeBron James before LeBron James’

For years and years folks have compared LeBron James game to the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Some feel that he is a hybrid of all three of those guys.

Some fans are just sick of hearing people compare James to Jordan, while others say he is actually more talented than MJ. It’s an on-going debate and it will remain that way forever.

Jordan’s Hall of Fame teammate Scottie Pippen made an interesting statement at a Nike Basketball camp in California this week saying that James game actually resembles his own.

Pippen claims that he was “LeBron James before LeBron James”. Via NOEMG:

The elated parents on the sideline viewing James playfully schooling the young kids prompted a debate as to whom James’ game compares to. The only two Hall-of-Famers mentioned and disputed were Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

The debate went on for about 10 minutes. It’s an ongoing, years-old argument, but one Hall-of-Famer not mentioned above says people need to look beyond Jordan and Magic when breaking down James’ skill-set.

“I was LeBron James before LeBron James,” Bulls great Scottie Pippen told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “It’s not even close.”

“I’m no slouch, but when comparing LeBron’s game, I’m usually left out,” he said.

James has stated over the years how much he watched Pippen’s game when growing up and how he incorporated facets into his own repertoire. Still, Pippen is a forgotten man when the conversations ramp up.

“They want to compare him to the greatest, whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he’s more closer to myself,” Pippen said. “It’s natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you’ll see more similarities with us.”

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