It's been a wild week in the NBA even though the season is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, Michael Jordan has come to the NBA's rescue and social media has flooded with The Last Dance and its content.
So, now that we've seen some of this exclusive footage 20 years later, there have been several stories looming around the league. Anecdotes, stats, and the never-ending debate about whether Jordan is or isn't the greatest player ever.
That's why, without further introduction, we're going to let you know about the most important stories and headlines of the week regarding Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and LeBron James:
Scottie Pippen Earned More In Career Salary Than Michael Jordan
People were completely astonished and infuriated about how the Chicago Bulls treated Scottie Pippen earlier on his career. He signed a terrible 7-year, 18-million dollar deal that made him the 122nd player in the highest-paid players in the league with just around 2.7 million a year entering the 1997-98 season.
However, Pippen made sure to get his bag later on in his career. He earned almost 80 million over five years with he Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers and even ended up making over 15 million more than Jordan throughout the years, as we broke it down in this article.
Reggie Miller Says He Would Punch Michael Jordan If He Sees Him
We all know Michael Jordan was a master of the fine art of trash-talking, and so was Reggie Miller. However, it seems like the Black Cat took things a bit too far during their matchups, so Miller refuses to forgive him. Up to this day, there's still no love between the two and Miller went as far as to tell Dan Patrick that he'd punch Jordan:
"Patrick: What would you say if you sat down with him at dinner?
Miller: (pause)…..I might punch him
Patrick: Are you being serious?
Miller: (pause)….man, there was a lot of stuff being thrown back and forth…" Miller claimed.
Michael Jordan Says He Would Never Join The Warriors Or The Lakers To Win A Championship
Michael Jordan was a different kind of player. He was a competitive beast that not only wanted to win but to prove that he didn't need any help to pull it off. That's why he claimed that he would never join a 'Superteam' or try and win a ring with a team other than the Chicago Bulls:
"Did I ever think if I would want to win a championship with another team? (...) No, I really never thought about it. I've always played in Chicago and I'd like to keep winning Championships in Chicago(...). No, I'm not coming to LA, No, I'm not going to Golden State, I'm sorry. New York Even," claimed His Airness.
The Bulls Rejected Two Offers For Michael Jordan In The 1984 Draft Day
Following quite an impressive stint as a North Carolina Tar Heel, Michael Jordan was one of the most coveted players entering the NBA Draft. But with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers already sold on big men, he was poised to find his way to the Windy City and join the Chicago Bulls.
That didn't stop the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers from trying to make a run at Jordan during Draft night, according to then-General Manager Rod Thorn. Gladly for him and Bulls fans, he turned down all offers for the shooting guard:
"We had really strong offers for Michael from both Philadelphia + Dallas. Plus other lesser offers. Couldn't do it," Thorn told ESPN.
Michael Jordan Was Drinking $1800 Tequila During His ‘Last Dance’ Interview
It came to everybody's attention that Michael Jordan was enjoying some kind of spiritous beverage during his interview for 'The Last Dance', but nobody had a clue as to what he was drinking. Well, apparently, it was an $1800 signature tequila.
Jordan owns Cincoro Tequila with the owners of the Lakers, Celtics, and Bucks, so he was enjoying a fine glass of his preferred "Extra Añejo" while sharing some stories about his career.
“We decided to do our own tequila. You know, if we sell it, we sell it. If not, at least we got enough to drink," Jordan told Craig Melvin back in 2019, as we reported earlier.
Ron Harper Says LeBron Is Not In Conversation With Michael Jordan, He Is Like Magic Johnson And Oscar Robertson
The Last Dance has once again fueled the debate about whether LeBron James should be in the GOAT conversation. Still, most former hoopers still don't think James should be ranked as high as Jordan. However, they don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
Ron Harper, for instance, recently claimed that Jordan should be on a tier of his own, hile James should be next to former greats of the likes of Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson:
"When you look at LeBron James, you have to think of Oscar Robertson or Magic Johnson – big guards who can do everything. One thing they don’t give MJ credit for was his defense. MJ was an aggressive defensive player – one of the best of all-time at that two-guard spot. He doesn’t get any credit for that because everyone wants to talk about the way he scored the basketball, but MJ was a great defensive ballplayer too. So I don’t really put LeBron in that MJ conversation. I put LeBron with those big guys", Harper told Hoopshype.
Head To Head Comparison: Playoff Michael Jordan vs. Playoff LeBron Jordan
The LeBron-Jordan debate it's the hottest it's ever been right now. LeBron fans claim his stats and overall numbers should put him ahead of Jordan in the all-time list, especially in the playoffs. However, Michael Jordan actually beats him 5-0 in our detailed breakdown about their playoff performances.
We put together traditional and advanced stats, clutch shots, individual performances, team performances, and playoff records to put an end to this debate. This is by no means disrespect to The King, he came pretty close to Jordan's greatness, but MJ wins again.