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“A Mismatch”: Celtics Legend Breaks Silence on LeBron James vs Michael Jordan GOAT Debate Hours After Scottie Pippen’s Rant

Published 05/28/2023, 8:42 AM EDT

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Each sport seemingly has a perpetual debate over the greatest player of all time. While several players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Bill Russell, are touted when talking about the NBA, the primary contenders in the discussion are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. A Celtics legend, as if following a rite of passage, recently shared his opinions on this subject.

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With both LeBron James and Michael Jordan having accomplished significant feats in their basketball careers, it is worth noting that James entered the league in 2003, the same year Jordan retired from the game. Now, let’s examine the viewpoint of an NBA Hall of Famer on the ongoing debate surrounding the greatest player of all time.

NBA Hall of Famer gives his take on the GOAT debate


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The Boston Celtics legend Ray Allen, who played alongside LeBron James in Miami when they won an NBA title together in 2013, possesses first-hand knowledge of LeBron’s playing style. Being familiar with the King’s abilities, Allen recently shared his perspective on the never-ending debate between Jordan and James.

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According to Ray Allen, he stated, “LeBron is a power. He’s a mismatch. MJ is more like grace and finesse. The comparison is really unfair to both.” Allen emphasizes that LeBron and Jordan possess distinct playing styles. LeBron’s game is heavily reliant on his imposing physique, which allows him to execute monstrous dunks and utilize his physicality.


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On the other hand, Jordan’s strengths lie in his skills, such as his renowned fadeaway shots and exceptional mid-range abilities. Allen believes that comparing the two is unjust as they bring unique assets to their respective teams. There was a surprising turn of events when Scottie Pippen, a legendary player for the Chicago Bulls, expressed his strong criticism of Michael Jordan in a recent outburst.

Scottie Pippen lashes out at his former teammate, Michael Jordan

In an interview, Scottie Pippen strongly criticized his former teammate Michael Jordan while praising LeBron James and proclaiming him as the greatest player statistically. Pippen directly stated, “I’ve seen Michael Jordan play before I came to play with the Bulls. You guys have seen him play. He was a horrible player. He was horrible to play with. He was all one-on-one, he’s shooting bad shots and all of a sudden, we become a team and we start winning. Everybody forgot who he was.”


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Pippen further claimed that Jordan was not a good teammate and had poor shooting before they began winning NBA titles.

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Written by:

Aaditya Negi


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Aaditya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports and has been following the game for a number of years. He is an avid fan of the NBA and follows what’s happening in the league on a daily basis. Having worked as an intern in the sports domain, his passion for writing arose from his fondness for the intricacies of the game.
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Jayant Chhabra