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Scottie Pippen Says He Was 'LeBron James Before LeBron James'

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Try not to laugh your way through this.

In a recent interview with, the former Chicago Bull compared himself to LeBron James. While it is usually Michael Jordan most mentioned with James, Pippen says he's no slouch.

"I was LeBron James before LeBron James," Pippen said. "I'm no slouch, but when comparing LeBron's game, I'm usually left out."

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I respect Pippen's game, but there's a reason he's left out. 

"They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself," Pippen said. "It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us."

People make the comparisons with James and Jordan because the two are similar. It's hard to even think of Pippen's name without thinking of Jordan (or that stint he had with the Blazers). 

This is where we have to draw the line when it comes to comparing basketball greats to one another.