MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James says he’s flattered by Scottie Pippen saying the Miami forward “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”

James does not agree, however.

Pippen created a bit of a firestorm Friday by telling ESPN Radio that Michael Jordan “is probably the greatest scorer to play the game” but James may be the better overall player.

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James says he’s “gracious, humbled” by the comparison, but notes he believes he has a long way to go before reaching the game’s highest echelon.

James and the Heat practiced Saturday, continuing their preparations for Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

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