Scottie Pippen is one of the best small forwards in NBA History and probably the best teammate ever, and his opinion is always important to the NBA fans.
During the interview with Cari Champion, Pippen said that LeBron James didn't surpass Kobe at all and that we shouldn't compare LeBron vs. Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
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 ...
Who should we compare LeBron to, then? If you don’t feel those two are a fair comparison?
"I don't think [LeBron] should be compared to either of those players because they play different positions," Pippen said to ESPN. "Kobe and Michael (Jordan) are both 2-guards. They're both scorers. They're mostly like a Kyrie (Irving). They're looking to score the basketball when it hits their hand. They're not looking to make plays for anyone on the floor. They're not looking to be a facilitator. That's the role that LeBron plays because he's such a dominant and powerful force, and he's a great passer."
Scottie Pippen thinks that LeBron James plays a lot more like Magic and himself.
"I think he plays a lot more like Magic. A lot more like myself, how I played," Pippen said. "Obviously he's more dominant than both me and Magic because of the way that he plays the game -- his physicality, his athleticism surpass Magic, as well as me."
"I don't want to say he's surpassed Magic," Pippen clarified. "They're both up there. Magic is truly one of the greatest to ever play the game, and he transcended how a big guard, 6-foot-9, could play all over the floor, and really motivated me that I could play at the top of the floor and run an offense as well. That's what you're seeing in LeBron. He's a guy that runs a team. We never saw Kobe and Michael at the point running a team. They're not comfortable in that position because when they cross halfcourt, they're thinking to score."