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Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron before LeBron

"They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself. It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us." (via Northeast Ohio Media Group)

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L.A.'s Aldridge's meeting grounds

The Lakers and Rockets will get first shot at LaMarcus Aldridge, with meetings in Los Angeles as free agency begins Tuesday night. Aldridge will also meet with the Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Raptors and Knicks later in the week, sources tell ESPN. Blazers' return 'very unlikely'

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