Pippen has strange take on LeBron beating Dubs in '16 Finals


Scottie Pippen appeared to have some time Friday morning, as he fired off quite a take about LeBron James' victory over the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.

The NBA legend tweeted at ESPN's Stephen A. Smith early Friday morning, arguing that James has won championships in his career "without any help."

After Smith clapped back calling Pippen's take "blasphemy" and mentioning some of the All-Star teammates James has had over the years, the former Chicago Bull brought up the 2016 NBA Finals, when LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors in seven games.

There are a lot of takes out there in today's sports media landscape, but this one is pretty rare. You could have argued in 2015 that LeBron was playing without another star when both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were hurt during the playoffs. The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in six games in that series.

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Irving was incredible during that 2016 NBA Finals, averaging 27.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 40.5 percent from the 3-point line.

With Cleveland's backs against the wall in Game 5, Irving matched LeBron with 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting (5-7 from 3-point range) to stave off elimination.

Even if he hadn't done anything else in Game 6, Irving's shot over Steph Curry to give the Cavaliers the lead late in Game 7 of that series is one of the most memorable shots in NBA history.

Pippen is one of the NBA's all-time great defenders and is a six-time champion. His basketball credentials aren't equaled by many around the world, but this is a strange take, to say the least.


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