Former NBA Champion Slams Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls With Bold Kevin Durant and LeBron James Comparison: “You Win Six of Them Too”

Published 01/12/2022, 5:50 PM EST
MIAMI – APRIL 15: Isiah Thomas talks to the media after Director of Athletics Pete Garcia introduced him as the new head coach for Florida International Univeristy men’s basketball team at U.S.Century Bank Arena on April 15, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


One of Michael Jordan’s most unforgettable achievements is his six NBA championship wins with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. This achievement put Jordan among the top players in the debate of who’s the greatest of all time. That amount of success certainly comes at the expense of those who could not achieve it. Isiah Thomas has throughout his career been infamously known as Michael Jordan’s rival. He has often certainly clarified who he thinks are the greatest players in the current generation. They are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry.

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However, he said if Durant and James were using the same offensive strategy as Jordan, even they would have six rings. And while that may sound like praise, one is bound to question if it’s driven by ulterior motivations like slandering the Bulls.

Dec 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Isiah Thomas destroys Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls

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In his conversation with Kevin Durant on the latest release of the Boardroom podcast, Thomas heaped a lot of praises on Durant. He said, “If you put Kevin Durant in the triple post, and he gets to post up like Jordan posted up… If you put Kevin Durant in the triple post in the mid-range, you know… Hell yeah! You see what I mean.”

After naming legends like Scottie Pippen and Steve Kerr who he claimed wouldn’t be able to guard Durant, Thomas said that despite having these players, if “we can’t triple-team you in the mid-range in the triple post, you win six of them too. And the same thing with LeBron.”

Jan 9, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring a basket and drawing the foul against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Since Thomas is from Chicago and Jordan is not, many fans felt that Thomas did not appreciate Jordan taking the city’s attention away from him. This is allegedly the reason there was a constant tension between Jordan’s Bulls and Thomas’ Pistons. However, nobody could expect he would take his dislike this far.

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What does this mean for Kevin Durant and LeBron James?

Earlier in the podcast, Thomas even reveals how disappointed he was not to lead the Pistons to become the first team to win a three-peat in the modern NBA. So while it shows that these statements could have ulterior motives, maybe he wishes to say this generation has its own Michael Jordan?

CHICAGO – 1991: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls jumps to shoot a basket against the Detroit Pistons as Cliff Levingston #53 of the Bulls, Dennis Rodman #10 of the Pistons and Isiah Thomas #11 of the Pistons watch the shot at the Chicago Stadium during the 1991 NBA Playoffs in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

While Durant clearly sounded flattered by this compliment, he may also know the possible ulterior motives of Thomas’ statements. And LeBron is probably tired of hearing all the Michael Jordan comparisons by now. Nevertheless, such comparisons only reflect that their career is on the right path to GOAT caliber glory. Do you agree?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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