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Steve Kerr: LeBron Similar To Scottie Pippen, Not Michael Jordan

First Posted: 06/14/11 02:07 PM ET Updated: 08/14/11 06:12 AM ET

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It didn't take long for the LeBron James-Michael Jordan discussions to start up again after the Dallas Mavericks topped the Heat in the NBA Finals.

Former Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr thinks the LBJ-MJ comparison is wrong, however, and that LeBron should be compared to another ex-teammate of his and Jordan's.

The TNT analyst said on Monday's "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that the two-time MVP is more like Scottie Pippen.

"The irony to me is that LeBron is not Michael. LeBron is actually Scottie," he said. "He's so similar to Scottie in that defensively he was just a monster, could guard anybody, really more of a point forward than scoring guard. Scottie always loved to distribute the ball. That's really where LeBron's preference is."

Kerr also talked about how Phil Jackson used to call Pippen "a sometimes shooter" and said that you can see James' "flaws as a basketball player."

"He doesn't have an offensive game that he can rely on: no low-post game, no mid-range jump shot so when the game really gets tough he has a hard time finding easy baskets and getting himself going," Kerr continued. "That's what Michael did in his sleep so that's why the comparison is wrong."

After the Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, Pippen made the James-Jordan comparison and said the Heat star might surpass Jordan as the greatest player ever.

He later backtracked his comments, saying: "Don't get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday."

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