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Scottie Pippen Says LeBron James Does Not Have ‘Clutch Gene’ Like Kobe Bryant

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With the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in progress, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can finally reset given their recent struggles.

The Lakers are currently under .500 with a 28-29 record and 10th in the Western Conference. With only 25 games left during the 2018-2019 NBA season, Los Angeles will need to go on a serious winning streak in order to end their five-year playoff drought.

James is the exact player the Lakers need if they were stuck in their current position given his otherworldly talents. The 34-year-old has carried teams late in the regular season to the playoffs and perhaps faces his greatest test.

However, Scottie Pippen remains reluctant to put James in the same category as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN’s ‘First Take’:

Throughout his career, James has been constantly compared to Jordan and Bryant given his success both on and off the court. One of the most often-cited critiques of James is his apparent lack of the ‘clutch gene’ that both Jordan and Bryant were well-known for, but the argument is silly as he has had more than his fair share of clutch moments.

While James may lack the same kind of on-court demeanor the other two had, his body of work throughout his 16 seasons speaks for itself. He is already one of the most decorated basketball players to ever play and has shown up in enough big games to make a case that he does indeed have the ‘clutch gene.’

Regardless, James and the Lakers have more pressing issues to attend to as they look to right the ship after the All-Star Weekend. Hopefully, the Lakers are able to come out rejuvenated and play their best basketball of the season.

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