LeBron James and the Miami Heat have formed one of the more bitter rivalries in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls over the last few years, but even King James knows excellent basketball when he sees it.
The back-to-back NBA champion and MVP tweeted from his official account earlier today that he was watching a Bulls throwback game and was in awe of what Scottie Pippen did on the court that sometimes went overlooked because of a one Michael Jordan.
Watching vintage Games. @ScottiePippen was a beast man!! Don't think he fully gets the credit he deserves. Mad game on both ends— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2013
NBATV has been showing vintage playoff games all offseason in chronological order. With the early 90s currently up Pippen and Jordan should see plenty of air time.
James' comments are spot-on with Pippen. Though he played alongside the greatest of all-time, his first 11 seasons with the Bulls saw Pippen average 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals in nearly 36 minutes per game. Pippen was an All-Star seven times, a three-time All-NBA first teamer, an eight-time All-Defensive first teamer and, of course, a six-time NBA champion with Jordan.
Many have compared James and Dwyane Wade to that of Jordan and Pippen, though the irony is that James' skill set much more resembles Pippen's than it does Jordan's. As a 6-foot-8 premier defender who could guard multiple positions and was deadly in transition, Pippen was a lot like James, albeit on a smaller scale because of what Jordan accomplished.