Saturday, November 27, 2021

Bulls Great Pippen says the Dubs dynasty doesn’t stack up

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Magic or larry? Marino or Montana? Michael or LeBron? These are the timeless arguments that spark bar stool banter, fuel Thanksgiving debates, and unite sports fans across ages, even when participants never disagree.

The “what if?” and the “who was better?” Disputes are part of a recipe that makes the sport powerful and eternal, even if it turns out to be a head scratch or a forehead slap.

In his new book, Chicago Bulls Hall of Fame striker Scottie Pippen took one such point of view regarding the NBA’s youngest dynasty, the Golden State Warriors of the last decade.

During a section of Unguarded Scottie Pippen, the six-time champion delved into the argument as to which team was better – the Bulls during their second three-peat in the late 1990s or the Warriors team led by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant appeared in three consecutive NBA finals (five total, including two before Durant’s arrival).

The Twitter account of Josh Eberley posted as Part of the relevant page from Pippen’s book, referenced by NBC Sports Bay Area in an article published Sunday on the Bulls vs. Warriors debate.

The extract is as follows:

Pippen has started setting fire to everything around him in the past few months, both now and during his run with the Bulls. For example, the strong criticism he made of his Vice President Jordan and the way Pippen felt that MJ had portrayed him inappropriately in “The Last Dance,” the so-called documentary that Jordan bought and paid for in ten parts on ESPN. ran too much fanfare.

Pippen’s beef with Jordan is understandable, and there are decades of luggage to be unpacked there. But some of the points that Pippen addresses in what can only be described as an unbalanced assessment of the Warriors seem to get a little out of hand.

There’s no question that Pippen is one of the top 50 NBA players of all time. Ask Bill Simmons, the noted NBA historian and founder of The Ringer, and he will tell you the Bulls striker is one of the top two winger-backs to have ever played the game alongside Kawhi Leonard.

But Simmons, along with most of the other authorities in the NBA, will also tell you that Durant is already the best striker in history, with years left at the end of his prime. Durant is also likely to end his career in, or at least near, the top 10 players to ever pick up a basketball. Pippen does not and never has sniffed this historical respect.

Rodman about Green too? That feels like a stretch. Rodman was a prolific rebounder, but Green is one of the smartest and most versatile defenders of all time. Plus, the former Warriors Defensive Player of the Year was never missed in action in the middle of a season just to be in Las Vegas waiting to appear in a professional wrestling match.

Longley would be kicked off the ground within seconds of introducing their small ball death lineup, the Warriors. In addition, fifth bananas on the grid of some dynasties do not bring arguments or games. But if you’ve ever done it, defending Bogut around the edge is likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of a game than anything Longley could ever do, including bodyboarding with Phil Jackson off the coast of Australia – something that the player-coach pair is said to have done so several times over the years.

This is all to say that Pippen may be mistakenly remembering the size of his team and the specifics of the era they played in – not to mention that he has his own near-unmatched worth in NBA history Level that it simply never reached.

But again, it’s these kinds of arguments that make the sport as important as it does in mainstream American culture. So more power for you, Pippen. Hopefully soon, if we’re really lucky, we’ll all hear about this from former Bulls security guard and current Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. His opinion, whatever it means, would be sure to spark the kind of basketball debate every NBA fan knows and loves.

But again, it’s these kinds of arguments that make the sport as important as it does in mainstream American culture. So more power for you, Pippen. Hopefully soon, if we’re really lucky, we’ll all hear about this from former Bulls security guard and current Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. His opinion, whatever it involves, would surely spark the kind of basketball debate every NBA fan knows and loves.



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