CHICAGO (AP) — Scottie Pippen made it clear he thinks Michael Jordan is the best player ever — not LeBron James.
Speaking to reporters at a youth camp in suburban Lisle on Friday, Pippen says he was simply giving “LeBron some props as a player” when he suggested to ESPN radio last month that James could be better than Jordan.
Pippen says “all know that (Jordan’s) the greatest player that ever played the game” and that his comments were taken “a little bit out of context.”
Jordan’s running mate as the Bulls won six championships in the 1990s, Pippen caused quite a stir last month after the Heat beat Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals.
A team ambassador, he told ESPN radio, that while Jordan “is probably the greatest scorer,” James “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”
Pippen says he’s spoken with Jordan several times since then and there is no animosity between them.