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Every superhero needs a sidekick. Kyrie Irving’s big performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals backing up LeBron James garnered a lot of attention, and for some analysts, surpassed Scottie Pippen’s performance backing up Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. Irving’s ability to score accurately and efficiently complements James’ court vision. Pippen’s brilliance on defense, and overall excellence on offense made him a Hall of Famer. Who do you have? 🏀

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There is no better player to complement LeBron James than Kyrie Irving. As much as LeBron James can handle the ball, he needs someone to take the pressure off. And man, can Kyrie Irving take the pressure off.

Blessed with one of the best handles in the league, no one can stay in front of Irving. His ability to create his own shot and create opportunities for others means James can rest for long stretches without feeling the need to take over.

And when the game does get tight, you don’t have to tell Irving it’s winning time. He shows no fear taking the last shot, or handling the ball with the game on the line. With James focused on making the right basketball play, Irving is willing and wanting to win the game with his scoring.

Pippen was nice, but Jordan never had a scorer like Irving to share the load. Kyrie is the best sidekick James has and will ever have.

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Do you know what Kyrie Irving’s record was before LeBron James came back to Cleveland? A gentleman’s 78-152, and zero playoff appearances. Scottie Pippen on the other hand led the Michael Jordan-less Bulls one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals, and finished third in the MVP voting. How’s that for a sidekick?

Pippen was a superstar who put his ego in check for championships. He may not have been the explosive scorer that Kyrie Irving is, but Pippen revolutionized the point-forward position with his pinpoint passing, slashing ability and unbendable defense. When he and Jordan were on the court, it was a beautifully brutal ballet where they would tic-tac-toe to a monster dunk in transition, and shut down opposing players on defense. Together, they won six championships.

Irving has been a great complement to LeBron James, but Pippen is a Hall of Famer while being second fiddle. Until Irving can prove he can carry a team on his own and win as many championships, Pippen will always be the more talented and more successful sidekick.

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Is Kyrie Irving a better sidekick than Scottie Pippen?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamKyrie
#TeamPippen