*Earlier we reported that NBA great Scottie Pippen started a firestorm by praising LeBron James as basketball’s greatest player ever.

However, for the record, James does not agree.

“I’m not better than Jordan,” the Miami Heat forward said on Saturday, even though he was flattered by the comment.

On Friday, Pippen – who won six championships alongside Jordan in Chicago during the Bulls’ epic run in the 1990s – told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” program that while Jordan is “probably the greatest scorer to play the game,” James “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”

“Michael’s an unbelievable player,” James responded on Saturday. “I’ve got a long way – long way – to be mentioned as far as one of the all-time greats. Not even just Jordan. There’s a lot of great players who have played in this league. Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all these guys who are floating around with multiple rings, Bill Russell, all these guys who have pioneered this game.”

James continued:

“I’m gracious. Humbled by Scottie’s comments, especially with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis. But as far as me, I’m not going to sit here and say I’m better than Jordan. I’m not better than Jordan.”

He’s right of course because he’s yet to win his first championship which he’ll attempt to do starting Tuesday when the Heat host the Dallas Mavericks in game on of the 2011 NBA Finals