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Sam: Pippen clarifies Jordan-LeBron talk

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Sam: Pippen clarifies Jordan-LeBron talk

After causing a firestorm during last spring's NBA playoffs with his statement that was interpreted as suggesting Miami Heat star LeBron James could become better than former teammate Michael Jordan, Bulls legend Scottie Pippen clarified his comment last week. Pippen, currently the Bulls team ambassador, spoke with CNBC's Erin Sharoni at a launch party for the new NBA 2K12 video game and explained his thought process.

"My position is still the same. Youre talking about a very young kid who came to the game at a very young age. Statistically, he will probably be the best player at the end of the daybased on the number of years he can get in, James is a super athlete, very versatile in a lot of ways," said Pippen, who also clarified his postseason comments via Twitter following the initial tempest. "My comment was not meant to belittle the greatest player in the gamehe has truly made his mark with his style, with his charisma, with his brandbut from a statistical standpoint, I think James has great potential to be recognized as the best.

Pippen is right about one thing--James' potential, by the numbers, is off the charts, partially due to his youth when he made his NBA debut. However, regardless of the number of championships the Heat star wins, James' status among fans and impact on the game is unlikely to ever rival Jordan's, even if he makes good on last summer's infamous promise of "not five, not six, not seven" championships.

Deng honored

Teammate Derrick Rose might have taken home league MVP honors, but he has a long way to go before catching up with Luol Deng. The Bulls small forward, a native of Sudan who spent much of his childhood in London after his family was exiled during the country's civil war, is one of four notable individuals featured on the "Brixton Pound," a complementary currency to the British pound.

"I am honoured to be featured on the new Brixton Pound notes," said Deng in a statement released on his foundation's website. "I grew up in Brixton as a young teenager playing basketball for the Brixton Topcats which marked the beginning of my career. So it is with great pleasure that I am helping to support the local community that played a vital part in getting where I am today."

Deng joins Lenford Kwesi Garrison, Violette Szabo and rocker David Bowie as faces appearing on the money. This summer, the Duke University product competed for Great Britain, the host country for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, in the FIBA EuroBasket tournament, leading the event in scoring during first-round play.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

All of our 2019 NBA Draft content in one convenient location

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All of our 2019 NBA Draft content in one convenient location

Here's all our NBA Draft coverage to get you ready for Thursday night's main event.

Analysis

Every move the Bulls make should be geared toward 2021

Forget needs: The Bulls need to draft the best player on Thursday

How the Bulls can land a max free agent this summer

Versatile Coby White makes one thing clear at Combine: 'I'm a point guard'

Bulls not a part of Anthony Davis trade but it could affect draft night

The statistical need that top NBA Draft prospects would fill for the Bulls

Cam Reddish out to prove doubters, show he's the total package

Jarrett Culver checks all the boxes as a perfect two-way wing in today's NBA

Could Rui Hachimura be an option if the Bulls trade down?

A history of the Bulls trading up and down in the NBA Draft

Here's what it would cost for the Bulls to trade up

Draft Profiles

Why Cam Reddish should be an option at No. 7

What the Bulls would get in Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

If Bulls draft for need, here's what Darius Garland or Coby White would bring

If the Bulls draft Texas center Jaxson Hayes, here's what they'd get

USC's Kevin Porter Jr. could be the steal of the draft

Why Jarrett Culver should be an option at No. 7

NBA Mock Drafts

Expect lots of movement on draft night

How does the Anthony Davis trade affect the draft?

If the Bulls trade back with the Hawks, who might they target?

Mailbags

Trade talks heating up surrounding the Bulls

Best fits for the Bulls rebuild in the draft, free agency

Heading into a crucial offseason, where will the Bulls look for help?

News

Report: Bulls looking to trade up for Vanderbilt PG Darius Garland

Report: Bulls interested in Celtics forward Marcus Morris

Patrick Beverley is a fan of Bulls assistant Roy Rogers

Cam Reddish will miss 6 weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

Assistant coach hires could hint at philosophy shift for Bulls offense

Here's who experts around the league have the Bulls drafting at No. 7

John Paxson confident Bulls will find a player that fits the rebuild

Podcasts

Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and impact on Bulls' draft strategy

K.C. Johnson joins to talk latest Bulls offseason rumors

Ricky O'Donnell on the Bulls' chances of landing a star at No. 7

Could the Bucks go after Malcolm Brogdon in free agency?

Would the Bulls consider trading for Mike Conley?

John Paxson confident in where the Bulls' rebuild is headed

Will Cam Reddish find his place in the NBA or be a bust?

Sarah Kustok joins to talk Lottery, draft, free agency and more

Catching up at the Combine with Vinnie Goodwill

Options at 38

Will high-flying Luguentz Dort be on the board when the Bulls pick at 38?

Admiral Schofield could be an option for Bulls

Why the Bulls should take Missouri center Jontay Porter at 38

Why the Bulls should take Kansas' Dedric Lawson at 38

Ryan Hollins says Golden State Warriors would "run laps" around the '96 Bulls

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Ryan Hollins says Golden State Warriors would "run laps" around the '96 Bulls

Former NBA journeyman Ryan Hollins made waves on Tuesday, stating that Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan couldn’t “fill LeBron’s shoes”. Hollins argues that LeBron James cemented himself as the greatest player of all-time with his impact on multiple franchises and his knocking off of the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. 

Hollins doubled down on his argument, saying that the Golden State Warriors would “run laps around that Bulls team”. Shaquille O’Neal brings up the valuable point that whichever team has the upper hand would depend a lot on what rules they played on, the more physical 1990s rules or the more finesses-based and offensive-oriented current rule set. Hollins believes that the Warriors would defeat the 90s Bulls regardless of what rules they played under, and O’Neal simply could not believe it.

“Whoever’s paying him to say all this stuff, I will pay you double to stop it,” said a bewildered Shaq. He knows a thing or two about playing against the 90s Bulls, as he was a key member of the Orlando Magic team that knocked off MJ’s Bulls in six games in the 1994-95 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

With All-NBA level talent Anthony Davis now headed to LeBron’s team, we could be seeing James back in the NBA title picture sooner than later. A return to the NBA Finals stage would add even more layers to the already complex, never-ending back-and-forth over who the true GOAT is in NBA history.