LeBron James in the 90s wouldn’t displace Scottie Pippen as 2nd best, says Dennis Rodman
There has recently been a huge debate as to how Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James would have fared if he played in the 1990s during the Michael Jordan era. Well, for what it’s worth, Jordan’s former teammate with the Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman has weighed in on the discussion. According to the former Defensive Player of the Year winner, not only would MJ be superior to LeBron, but also, James would have only ranked as the third-best player in the league behind the great Scottie Pippen.
This is what Rodman had to say, via ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan:
“He revolutionized the point-forward position. All these players today should thank Scottie Pippen. Guys like Kevin Durant should say, ‘Wow, look what you did for us.’ Scottie could handle, he could shoot the ball, he could defend, he could rebound.
“If LeBron was playing during the ’90s, I’d still say Scottie Pippen was the second-best player behind Michael.”
Rodman is obviously a huge admirer of Pippen. The former Bulls bad boy believes that Pippen is one of the most underrated players ever, and that in his mind, LeBron would pale in comparison to Pippen.
LeBron is the ultimate manifestation of the point-forward in his generation, but as Rodman explained above, Pippen was already doing this when James was still a baby. LeBron has done his fair share of revolutionizing the point-forward position over the past decade or so, but Pippen has got to be given credit for what he did to put this unorthodox position on the map during the late 1980’s/1990’s.