“MJ Was Crazy But Scottie And Penny Hardaway..” – LeBron James Compares His Style of Play with Michael Jordan’s Teammate Scottie Pippen and Penny
LeBron James is without a doubt one of the best basketball players of all time. Since the beginning of his career, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has continuously performed at an amazing level, displaying his impressive skills everytime he played.
Many people have tried to analyse LeBron’s style of play, but it is LeBron himself who accurately determines which players his game resembles. Last year, James spoke on Uninterrupted’s The Shop and expressed his thoughts on the subject.
LeBron James on his style of play
“It’s crazy, I love Scottie Pippen, bro. Obviously, MJ was crazy, Kob’, Kobe would have been another one, but Scottie Pippen and Penny Hardaway was like my two. Cause I seen myself in them. Like, I saw myself in Pippen and Penny. Tall guards, point forward, getting everybody involved, defending all type of positions,” James said.
LeBron indeed possesses a similar playing style to those mentioned players. Despite his age, he remains a very strong presence on both ends of the court, willingly taking on significant defensive responsibilities for the Lakers. While he has often been characterized as a pass-first player throughout his career, drawing comparisons to Magic Johnson, the similarities between Penny Hardaway and Scottie Pippen align more closely with the four-time NBA champion. Since his early days in the league, LeBron has consistently demonstrated his ability to excel in every aspect of the game. Whether it’s scoring 30 or 40 points consistently, elevating his teammates’ performances, guarding the opposing team’s top offensive threats, or even assuming a leadership role on the court, LeBron has showcased his versatility and skill set.
In his extraordinary 20-year NBA career, James has continually outperformed expectations. Even though he is towards the end of his career, he remains one of the league’s best players. Despite the Lakers having a terrible season, the King averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 55 games. His time with the Lakers has brought him even more praise, with fellow player Dwyane Wade saying that what James has accomplished is even more incredible than Michael Jordan’s stint with the Washington Wizards.
James has a feud with Nuggets head coach Michael Malone
LeBron James is gearing up for the next NBA season. He’s been around the world and recently had the honour of being the honorary starter for the 100th edition of the Le Mans event. Interestingly, James utilised this chance to criticise Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone indirectly. He posted on Instagram without mentioning the coach’s name, but included other statements that appeared to be directed at Malone.
The coach has repeatedly mocked LeBron and his squad, and it was eventually LeBron’s turn to reply, and he did it emphatically.