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Is LeBron James a greater basketball player than Michael Jordan?

May 27, 2011 |  9:13 am


In the wake of LeBron James' dominant play in leading the Miami Heat into the NBA Finals, Scottie Pippen, in an interview on ESPN radio, said something a little, er, unexpected.

Pippen said Michael Jordan was the NBA's greatest scorer of all time, but after the showing James has made in the playoffs this season, he said that James might be the greatest player of all time.

We'll let you be the judge as to whether Pippen's memory is in steep decline, and far be it from us to try to influence your opinion on this. But a few things that might be worth considering: Pippen, Jordan's sidekick during the Chicago Bulls' six championship seasons in the 1990s, was selected as one of the top 50 players of all time in the list compiled by the NBA from a panel of experts a few years back. The guess here is that Pippen's inclusion in that elite list might have not have been a slam dunk without the impact of Jordan.

Tell us what you think. LeBron is only four wins away from that first title, leaving him with only five more to go to tie Jordan. Who's better, Michael or LeBron?


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Photo: LeBron James. Credit: Jonathon Daniel / Getty Images.