LeBron James doesn’t want to be compared to Scottie Pippen — to put it mildly.
The King lashed out on Twitter when ESPN’s Jay Williams suggested he was Dwyane Wade’s sidekick with the Heat before they won two titles in four years.
Williams quote-tweeted former NBA player Richard Jefferson, who said Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo might be a Pippen, and needs more of a take-charge star, like Michael Jordan, to get over the hump.
Pippen hit back at Jefferson, tweeting: “I’m not Giannis — I don’t have back-to-back league MVPs (he will in a matter of days) — and he’s not me. The question is… who were you as a player?”
Then in his own tweet, Williams wrote, “So, LeBron was a Pippen with D Wade once. Nothing wrong with that until you get over the hump.”
But James didn’t like the characterisation.
“Explain to me what the fux I gotta do with this subject matter!” he tweeted. “I’m over here minding my damn business preparing for Houston. And by the way I ain’t never been nobody but my damn self! S***!”
James does have a point. As good as Wade was, James was the league MVP and Finals MVP the two years, 2012 and 2013, the Heat won it all. Pippen never did that playing next to Jordan.
As for Antetounkmpo, he has some work still to do to build up his playoff resume.
The Bucks are 0-2 down in their second round series against Miami, two games where post-match discussion has been dominated by the MVP’s poor free throw shooting and limited playing time.
— New York Post