Former NFL Player Picks Scottie Pippen Over Kevin Durant, Says He Would Be ‘Greatest Robin Than Just Batman’

Published 06/29/2021, 7:32 AM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after scoring and not getting a foul called in the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA has never been short of banter and opinions. Season after season, fans engage in a war of words to back the players they adore. Teams go through ups and downs, but the zealots never back down in defending their own. As the curtain is close to being drawn on the 2020-21 season, the banter is at its peak. As expected, Nets forward Kevin Durant is at the helm of discussion.

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Kevin Durant making all the headlines

One debate that is eternal is the ‘GOAT’ debate. It is the focal point of so many basketball discussions. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry; the list of candidates goes on. The statistics speak for themselves, but they only play a small part in the public’s viewpoint. The latest inclusion on the list of comparisons is the Durant vs Pippen face-off.

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Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots a three point shot against Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Ex-NFL star Emmanuel Acho has his say

Continuing the same discussion, Emmanuel Acho opined he would rather have Scottie Pippen’s career over Brooklyn Nets megastar Kevin Durant. Speaking on Fox Sports, the former Philadelphia Eagles line-backer Acho said, “Kevin Durant is clearly a better one-on-one basketball player than Scottie Pippen. But the question is whose career would you rather have, and I would rather have Scottie Pippen’s career.”

Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt “Clyde” Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)

“We would always rather be the greatest Robin of all-time than just another Batman.” The claim comes just days after Pippen called out Durant for not knowing how to play team basketball, following Brooklyn’s crushing Game-7 defeat to the Bucks. Durant finished with 48 points, 6 assists and 9 rebounds; yet his team was unable to get over the line.

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Regardless of the result, the Golden State Warriors legend had a great season. He stood up and took responsibility when his team needed it. The star-studded Nets squad had a number of hiccups throughout the season, but Durant powered through again. Both Durant and Pippen are impeccable players, but who do you think holds the edge? Have your say in the comments.

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