Scottie Pippen turned 55 today and he used his special day to remind us that he’s turning into an angry old man. The 6-time champion made a statement to John Lynch with Business Insider that he didn’t want to take anything away from LeBron’s title this year, then proceeded to do exactly that.
"Well, I'm going to be honest. It's not NBA basketball. It's not the hard grind. It's not the travel. It's not the fans. It's not the distractions. Really, to me, it's pickup basketball."— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) September 29, 2020
– Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen on the NBA bubble
Looks like Paul Piece finally has a running mate for chairman of the angry old men that can’t close the yearbook. Pippen fails to see that the message doesn’t open any eyes to his point of view, it just comes across as jealousy. Remember when Scottie told us LeBron was ahead of Jordan live on First Take? Don’t worry, we have the tapes:
What is going on with Pippen & Pierce?
Men ages 30-55 have started to show desperation to defend Michael Jordan and LeBron’s success is watering that message down. No success King James ever accomplishes should diminish how we feel about MJ, but his defenders believe it does. We should be able to enjoy Michael Jordan and LeBron James to celebrate their greatness absent of comparison. Basketball fans now treat the G.O.A.T argument like a Presidential debate.
Pippen came out to endorse candidate LeBron James last year and was hazed so bad on Twitter, he changed his mind. Scottie Pippen went far right supporting LeBron and was bullied into pivoting far left like Mitt Romney. There will never be any reason to watch LeBron or whoever’s next win to try and discount what they’re doing. The message is salty and these tears are delicious to fans of LeBron James.
Scottie wouldn’t bother addressing the matter if he didn’t know it was getting close. Pushing the narrative that Anthony Davis is the Shaq to a LeBron offense is not only wrong, but ineffective. Don’t remember hearing that Magic Johnson wasn’t “most important” to the Showtime Lakers when he didn’t lead the team in scoring. The man with the rock in his hands in the 4th quarter is the man and that’s who LeBron is. He was the man with his jumper over Kawhi in the 2013 finals and he will be in the 2020 finals.
LeBron of course was that guy closing out Denver in the Conference Finals, while Scottie Pippen sat on is hands. King James will average a triple-double in route to his fourth NBA title and nothing can be said to take that away. LeBron is sprinting to the mountaintop whether they like it or not.