Scottie Pippen thinks Kobe Bryant was a better shooter than Michael Jordan and we can't even
Yo, M.J., come and get your mans.
Scottie Pippen is one of the most successful players to have competed in the game of basketball. Some (OK, a lot) of that success can be attributed to playing alongside the consensus greatest of all time, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, as the Robin to his M.J.’s Batman.
Being that close to the GOAT gave Pippen a front-row seat to witnessing some of the most memorable shots in the last quarter century. But even though he saw all these Jordan moments from just feet away sometimes as his Bulls teammate, it sounds like Pip is leaning towards giving more dap to Kobe Bryant. *gasp*
Pippen was on the ESPN’s “The Jump” this week, and in between shoots he talked with Tracy McGrady about how there’s no possibility for Jordan to top Kobe from a shooting perspective.
“There’s no way M.J. can outshoot Kobe,” Pippen said. “Kobe thrills me like Steph Curry thrills people in today’s game.”
OK, Steph thrills, as did Kobe. But did Scottie forget Jordan used to cause the same thrill in the 80s and 90s? I mean, Pippen was probably preoccupied trying to win games alongside Jordan and didn’t have an opportunity to get hyped like we all did back then... but damn, Scottie, really? Even Tracy McGrady was taken back with that noise, saying “No, no, no, Scottie… Pip, no, man.”
During the broadcast, though, Pippen started to walk back his comments. Soon after that, the show posted a graphic of shooting percentages between the two -- Jordan shot 2-pt. shots at 51 percent to Bryant’s 48, while both of them shot 33 percent from behind the arc. The biggest difference? Kobe literally shot over three times as many shots from three than Jordan (1,778 to 5,546). So if we’re talking about Kobe being a better shooter in terms of pure volume, sure. But volume doesn’t necessarily make you a great shooter, just ask John Starks.
Something tells me Pippen is going to get a stern phone call from his longtime running mate soon, if not already. Sometimes Robin steps out of line and Batman has to show him who ran the Batcave all those years.