LeBron James doesn't have the 'clutch gene' like Jordan or Kobe - Scottie Pippen | First Take

  • Published on Feb 14, 2019
  • Scottie Pippen joins Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman at the First Take debate desk to discuss why it is not fair to compare LeBron James and Michael Jordan because he doesn't have that "clutch gene" like MJ and Kobe Bryant did.
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  • Brian Brown
    Brian Brown 5 hours ago

    Well said Scottie pippen......
    We have to stop comparing Lebron to Jordan.....

  • Darell Johnson
    Darell Johnson 8 hours ago

    Show me retro Lebron shoes 20 yrs now.... I’d buy jumpman/ Nike stock for a 20 year return in 2019..

  • Jay Davis
    Jay Davis 15 hours ago

    Just cause u win 6 rings doesn't make you the best player... LeBron is the goat fuck mike we only remember him because of his shoes

  • Angel Solis
    Angel Solis 20 hours ago

    MJ #1, kobe #2 they both played on both ends of the floor

  • N y a
    N y a 21 hour ago

    “Block by James!” Ofc no clutch gene

  • monae williams
    monae williams 23 hours ago

    Scottie is hating and miserable lebron is clutch

  • Dinero DaDemiGod

    Why do ppl even compare greatnesses with winning in that case it should be winning by yourself in that case dirk could be the greatest

    KILLE’M Day ago

    Scottie nose bigger than my future

  • DramaHouse Big Hen

    Pippin drunk and look like a fool

  • Bahama llama
    Bahama llama Day ago

    Lebron is a great player but he want to have all the greatness in the team. Lebron didn’t come in the league with the mentality that Jordan had, it took like 9 years for him to developed and to realize the mentality he needs to win and to be successful. Pippin is right lebron doesn’t have that clutch gene and not many players have it, but if you’re talking about a guy that the whole media says he’s the best player ever, he doesn’t have the skill that other players have in the league. Sure he has better stats than MJ but those are just numbers. LeBron in finals: 1-6 MJ in finals: 7-1, lebron can be like MJ if he puts that assassin mentality in his mind. A player has to do everything on the floor, he has to be aggressive offensively and defensively, they have to work as a team. There are lots of players that can guard lebron. Kawhi, Durant, PG could probably guard him, Giannis definitely, that’s how you guard lebron. I respect lebron, but when people talk about him being the best player that ever played that’s when I start getting confused. I list him as a 18 in the top 20 best players that ever played. This era isn’t the same as the era MJ and all of those great players played in. This era is more soft unlike the era back then. All the disrespect that I see towards pippen is stupid I honestly I think Scotty is better than lebron. Let’s go RAPTORS 🤣

  • Ingrid Rivas
    Ingrid Rivas 2 days ago

    Stephen a smith when are you going to acknowledge that your the dumbest espn anylyst

  • Arminius Chulainn
    Arminius Chulainn 2 days ago

    Kellerman is the dumbest human being.......

  • J
    J 2 days ago

    during kobe's 16th and 17th seasons he didn't have to make excuses like lechock has to lmao on top of it kobe made 1st defense and 2nd defense those two seasons. hahahaha while lechock got pushed by 2nd year players because he can't play defense to save his life.

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 2 days ago

    as of now, playoff clutch stats:
    MJ: 5 for 11 (45%) and 3 buzzer beaters
    LBJ: 6 for 13 (46%) and 4 buzzer beaters
    Kobe: Missed most of them
    Facts speak louder than populair opinion,
    These people need to school themselves before giving their opinion, they dont know shit about basketball, especially Stephen

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 2 days ago

    lol Lebron has one of the highest playoff clutch stats in the modern nba, do these people just tell a populair opinion or actually know what they are saying?

  • Tra Crumpler
    Tra Crumpler 2 days ago +1

    Pippen sweating because he know he got caught up.

  • Sherwin Mondesto
    Sherwin Mondesto 3 days ago

    Ur right scottie.lebron is more like karl malone younger version.

  • Sherwin Mondesto
    Sherwin Mondesto 3 days ago

    Mj doesn't backed down.and doesn't give.mj never been schooled in the finals.unlike lebron easily give up amd doesn't have killer instinct.

  • hasan ahmad
    hasan ahmad 4 days ago +1

    Kobe isn't top 5 he's barely top 10 you have to win finals mvp and be the best player on your team shaq can't win over you lollll

  • Eric Tolbert
    Eric Tolbert 4 days ago

    The numbers say different and they don't lie, but the so called greatest shooter the league has ever seem doesn't have one and they still talk LeBron like he hasn't done It. Check % then speak. I respect Scottie but he shorter than a midgets nuts on this subject.

  • Nia Frost
    Nia Frost 4 days ago

    Legend has it that was Lebron at 5:59 in a disguise shaking his head at Pippen

  • MyCall Megatone
    MyCall Megatone 4 days ago

    Listen let's end this chopping down of brothers... Do you know what the most important thing in a black males development???
    It's called a father... Not even a father figure but a father that at least gives the confidence and know how of who you are and what you can and want to accomplish.
    Now for the little black boys without that motivation, development comes from the various environment and characters in those situations.
    Take a moment to study the journey of Iron Mike if you need further mental adjustments about yourselves b4 you go dropping profound comparison.
    Just deal with the root of the issue

  • keith glenn
    keith glenn 4 days ago +2

    I hate Scottie Pippen! It's EASY to be 55 years old dissing current players like he r mj wasn't flawed. MJ never beat Birds Celtics, took him 4 YES 4yrs to get pass Isaiah thomas pistons! LBJ has beaten EVERYONE in front of him at least once.

    • keith glenn
      keith glenn 4 days ago

      @Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva R u 35+? If not, I can't respect ur opinion on the subject. That would mean u saw him on RU-clip and heard stories passed down. I saw both of them play n mj can't do what LBJ does n have done in his career.

    • Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva
      Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva 4 days ago

      O yah here is another one, lj is the goat - good only at times MJ is the GOAT - greatest of all time! And this ones a fact MJ peers like barkley, wilkins, ewing, magic and many more awed with him, lj peers? hmm admire him???

    • keith glenn
      keith glenn 4 days ago

      @Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva That's ur opinion, and we know about opinions r like a-holes, EVERYONE has 1. I state facts

    • Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva
      Yuumei Ai Merrin Villanueva 4 days ago

      In respect to pistons Because pistons in that era are compose of very tough players. If lebron got to play with those players lebron wouldnt past them in his whole nba career!

  • Aaron Miles
    Aaron Miles 5 days ago

    Scottie was the real deal. MJ would not have 6 rings without Scottie. MJ doesnt give him the credit he should.

  • rico keefer
    rico keefer 5 days ago +1

    1. Jordan
    2. Kobe. 2.Lebron

  • Be Distinct
    Be Distinct 5 days ago +3

    Scottie sweating like he saw future number on one of his chick's phone.

  • rodolfo arroyo
    rodolfo arroyo 5 days ago

    Scottie preaching

  • Zarias
    Zarias 5 days ago

    What Lebron has done a few times: that Game 6 vs. Celtics; that Finals series against Warriors; a few other times.... Scottie is saying Michael and Kobe play like that in a pickup game against their neighbors kids. Lebron is on his TV show talking about how he making dough.

  • NotA Ethug
    NotA Ethug 6 days ago

    That's facts tho, SUPER MARIO SHUTTING HIM DOWN IN THE GARDEN AND ELIMINATING LAKERS FROM PLAY OFFS, if lebron isnt bulldozing your team, you will beat him when it counts, he will miss.

  • Olsu is me
    Olsu is me 6 days ago

    why am i watching this when i dont know anything about basketball?

  • Jimmy
    Jimmy 6 days ago

    Don't even waste your time with this one. I grew up watching the Bulls, and I watched the Warriors as well. Bulls win 4-1. And, with all the trash-talking, you'd only piss Jordan and Pippen off more. Forget the offensive part of the game for a minute. Four of these guys (Harper, Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman) were 1st team All-NBA Defense. Also, 3 of them are in the convo for the best defender of all-time. Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman.

  • Shaun Julka
    Shaun Julka 7 days ago

    same guy to say lebron was a better player then jordan in 2011 and thats before LBJ got a chip or his third mvp

  • ThisIsRiseTV
    ThisIsRiseTV 7 days ago

    Max is so disrespectful

  • Truth Finder
    Truth Finder 7 days ago +1

    Clutch gene. Lol.
    Lebron did more on the court than both Kobe and Jordan. Score. Rebound. Block. Assist.
    Lebron isn’t better than Jordan but certainly than Kobe.

  • Truth Finder
    Truth Finder 7 days ago

    What did pippen do without Jordan. Absolutely nothing.

  • Truth Finder
    Truth Finder 7 days ago +2

    Nash won mvp twice and has horrible defence.
    Dirk won mvp and has no defence.
    Mvp means nothing now a days.

  • G Dawg
    G Dawg 7 days ago

    Guys comparing lebron to kobe and jordan.why cant you just appreciate his presence in this era .he is not kobe or jordan.theyr different positions just enjoy his game damn🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️

  • Eric Lozaga
    Eric Lozaga 7 days ago +1

    Shouldn't they compare players based on the year they have been in the NBA? You can't compare LeBron in his 50th year in the NBA vs Kobe or Jordan in their prime.. just like you can't compare LeBron in his prime to Jordan after coming out of his 8th retirement

  • Eric Lozaga
    Eric Lozaga 7 days ago

    When you're sweating your ass off but keep your sweater on

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  • DA 1 & ONLY
    DA 1 & ONLY 7 days ago +1

    Bro LeBron iz da GOAT. Fuck evbody comment & Scottie. Ol dick ridin ass

  • Myron Bledsoe
    Myron Bledsoe 8 days ago

    Pippen drunk as Fuck..

  • Legi Boss
    Legi Boss 8 days ago

    Stephen a rides jordans dick more than His wife does Like dam His wife must be Mad salty

  • basedjj93
    basedjj93 8 days ago


  • JumpPlaysGTA
    JumpPlaysGTA 8 days ago +1

    Dude w the Lebron jersey hates this segment haha

  • Angel Airwayz
    Angel Airwayz 8 days ago

    Lebron straight out of high school lame

  • Mr Comer
    Mr Comer 8 days ago

    Scottie Pippen forgot Allen Iverson was only 6ft tall and light weight with a heart of a Honey Badger amongst the big animals on the court. Offense and defense he gave 100% out there and he made a big impact on that court too and it wasn't just Jordan and Pippen it was the other team mates on that Bull team who help them win on that court who played there part for them to get all them rings. If your team don't play there part there is no rings Point Plank. I don't care how good you are.. Oh the bulls had Phil Jackson as the coach and LA Lakers had Phil Jackson as a coach.. When I think about it.

  • jtaltorags3186
    jtaltorags3186 8 days ago +16

    4:37 Stephen A is so happy to get his opinion confirmed by an NBA great 😆😆

  • Isai Caamal
    Isai Caamal 9 days ago

    Scottie just stay calm. U kool

  • Red King
    Red King 9 days ago

    What would Jordan do with luka never mind the golden state warriors

  • Thomas Byington
    Thomas Byington 9 days ago

    Real take!!

  • mac mac
    mac mac 9 days ago +1

    hahaha... imagine if lebron is a ball hog like all those players. can score from any position. we wont be having this debate.

  • C. mao
    C. mao 9 days ago

    Is Scottie sweat'n out that alcohol or what??
    He must'v drank a lot the night before

  • turiq amin
    turiq amin 9 days ago

    I don't know why yall keep comparing this man to.jordan he ain't even better than kobe

  • Alvin Nguyen
    Alvin Nguyen 9 days ago

    MJ = 10x scoring champion.

  • Matt ___
    Matt ___ 9 days ago

    Why Steven A look so dark

    THENGHBR HD 9 days ago

    Scottie sweating like Future sitting in the audience.

  • applehungry72
    applehungry72 9 days ago +3

    Doesn’t Have The Clutch Gene
    **Blocks Andre In The finals

  • Phil Ohlrogge
    Phil Ohlrogge 9 days ago

    LeBron not better than Kobe? C'mon Scootie 😂... Lebron is the best PLAYER to ever touch the ball... MJ has the best Legacy

  • timekillerize
    timekillerize 9 days ago

    Wellll pippen doesn’t have the men gene ask future his fucking his wife 🖕🏽

  • Kwayfo
    Kwayfo 10 days ago +5

    "He' s not even what kobe bryant was as a player". This very sentence is the best thing I have ever heard.

  • swiftor and goku,s biggest fan

    I beg to differ with Scottie his clutch is better than michs and secondly remember all them elemination games n buzzer beater a how can u not say he has a clutch Gene

  • London Hall
    London Hall 10 days ago

    What Scottie can’t talk Lebron better than u

    BLACK NOY 10 days ago


    LON SOLO 10 days ago +1

    Scottie Smoking Work sweating 😓 hard.

  • Anton Santiago
    Anton Santiago 11 days ago

    Scottie you are very right is not goat just ordinary player in nba.

  • Bart Van de Perck
    Bart Van de Perck 11 days ago

    Scottie knows his basketball.

  • luis campos
    luis campos 11 days ago

    No tippin’ Pippin! Is what we call him in the service industry in Chicago.

  • Nothin But Game
    Nothin But Game 12 days ago

    Jordan won a scoring title and defensive player of the year awards in the same season. What else do you want?

  • Diesel Diesel
    Diesel Diesel 12 days ago

    Let not forget that Kobe had superman at his side.

  • beanie0112
    beanie0112 12 days ago

    Nice effort trying to explain the difference between Kobe/MJ and LeBron to LeBron's fans, but it's likely going to fall on deaf ears. They primarily look at numbers. I actually don't blame them because he puts up great career numbers. However, they largely ignore the full context of his numbers.
    Therefore, they will not understand why most great players of the past and present will always rank Kobe and MJ above LeBron.

  • Vacation Bullies
    Vacation Bullies 12 days ago +1

    Lebron still the KING!! LOL🤫🤫🤫

    • mdt007
      mdt007 11 days ago

      That would be Michael Jordan. Bron a be-otch.

  • Phantom haha
    Phantom haha 12 days ago

    Scottie or Lebron is a better defender?

  • Bianca Evans
    Bianca Evans 12 days ago

    Scottie is a legend

  • Darrin Jackson
    Darrin Jackson 12 days ago

    LeBron has more game winning playoff shots then Jordan and Kobe. LeBron 5, Jordan 4,and Kobe 1 now what???????

    • Darrin Jackson
      Darrin Jackson 10 days ago

      It's says LeBron doesn't have a clutch Gene I just proved that he does,not championships-Kareem has the greatest resume of all time!!!!! greatest high school player,college and pro he has 6 championships also

    • MrGrossrider
      MrGrossrider 10 days ago

      What are you smoking? Jordan has six final MVP's and never lost a championship. Discussion over!!!

  • jules Caesar
    jules Caesar 12 days ago

    Scottie is sweating as if he owes money to fofty

  • cracker woods
    cracker woods 12 days ago

    Why they still talking about Cry Baby Lebron? There are way better players in the NBA then that crying bitch.

  • Marilyn Ines Rodriguez

    Scottie, don’t say he don’t play defense...he doesn’t play defense...love ya!

  • AF
    AF 13 days ago

    LeBron James never miss a Buzzer Beater.

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  • Sengo
    Sengo 13 days ago

    scottie is salty

  • Lenny cowan
    Lenny cowan 13 days ago

    This was a beautiful discussion. Thank you to all involved.

  • Car Painter 19
    Car Painter 19 13 days ago

    James is no comparison to Jordan. Kobe is closer but hes a copycat of Jordan.

    LATRUTH 13 days ago +1

    LeBron James has clearly hit more clutch game winning shots in his career than Michael Jordan and Kobe combined. smh Ya'll need to do some research!!!

    • MrGrossrider
      MrGrossrider 10 days ago

      Get off the pipe please.

    • Danyon Tuttle
      Danyon Tuttle 12 days ago

      Literally doesn’t mean anything, Jordan was always winning by 30 so he never needed to hit game winners😂

  • Emjay The Great
    Emjay The Great 14 days ago

    When someone was so great that when someone hears the number 23 that doesnt even watch basketball or know anything about basketball and still registers the number to Micheal Jordan that speaks volumes about a player. I think. lebron wearing 23 was a huge thing for his career where now he could wear any number and hes still lebron. When your one of the greats you will always get compared to another great. Imagine how diffent Kobe would of been talked about if he wore 23.. The number alone puts a burden on you when your a great player! That is when it has the biggest impact on a player being average and wearing the number your just a Draymond Green..

  • mnm I stand for my flag

    MICHAEL !!!!! 6and 0 . Stop arguing !!!!!

  • Edwin Heredia
    Edwin Heredia 15 days ago

    You think Michael Jordan would have taking the cavaliere to a championship and his prime Chicago was a super team back then that's why they won all this championship they had good players Lebron didn't had good players and still won the championship...

  • Eddie Thagod
    Eddie Thagod 15 days ago

    Michael got a sniper in scotties head telling him to trash on bron. He might or might not be greater than jordan but he's definitely greater than kobe. Kobe is not even at the ball park.

  • Jaggy's Exotic Pet's
    Jaggy's Exotic Pet's 15 days ago

    I like lebron so damn much.m but comparig him to kobe and jordan is a fucking waste of time? Why? Kone and jordan is on another level.. Indeed

  • BerkleyCalifornia
    BerkleyCalifornia 15 days ago

    Scottie sweating like he's lying

  • bonito que
    bonito que 15 days ago

    Bitch it taking things out of context

  • cfairfax85
    cfairfax85 16 days ago

    I've always said Lebron reminds me more of Scottie than Mj having seen them all play in real time.

  • Chris evo
    Chris evo 16 days ago

    LOLLL when they burned lebron and that dude in the back wearing his jersey and holding lebrons head

  • lorenpunk83
    lorenpunk83 16 days ago +1

    Is it me or does Pippen have the best villain voice ever heard?

  • ISRAEL The Most High Chosen

    Man fuck Michael Jordan!!!! He don’t care about his people, all he did was play basketball a sport that don’t require any intelligence!!!!! Michael Jordan was a scary bitch ass because with his platform he could’ve spoken out against the treatment of his people but all he did was join the oppressor!!! Fuck boy

  • Ade Ade
    Ade Ade 16 days ago +1

    Stephen A, stop lying!!!

  • Purpl3 Grape
    Purpl3 Grape 16 days ago +3

    That gene, is linked to psychopathic behavior.

  • Shaun Hensley
    Shaun Hensley 16 days ago +1

    ‘he don’t have me’ that’s what I was saying 😂

  • Guwop Santana
    Guwop Santana 16 days ago +1

    Scottie Pippen was the point forward he would help rebound defend and assist while Jordan took care of the scoring