Re: Larry Bird Was Better Than Magic Johnson
posted at 9/13/2011 8:30 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Larry Bird Was Better Than Magic Johnson
Posted by dirty52[/QUOTE]
Article giving Pippen much more credit than deserved imo. When Pippen came into the NBA he was widely regarded as a soft player. Rough him up a little bit and he folded.
The article goes on about how Pippen "allowed" MJ to score more and was the facilitator..Lol I dont recall Scottie playing PG or running the offense. The author making it sound like the ball was always in Scotties hands and he allowed MJ to get off by facilitating. Like allowing MJ to take the most shots was Scotties idea... like Phil didnt want it that way..rofl
There isnt a player in the modern NBA that can win titles all by himself. Nobody can stand on an NBA court with 4 second graders and win the title. In all the BUlls 6 championships, how many MVPs did Scottie win?
Sure, Pippin was an outstanding player but as time goes by he's being elevated to superstardom and the greatest this and that which Im not buying into.
The author should have pointed out how much freedom and space Scottie had cause MJ was on his team and drew double/triple teams so often. When you look at great teams/players, one thing should shine through...
Who was the man on the team! It was MJ, not Pippen.
When we talk the 60's, it was Russell, not Sam Jones.
The 80's it was Bird, not McHale or Parrish.
When youre the man, the role players can never be considered at your level or take credit for developing you. They picked up the rings along the way but that doesnt make them great, it makes the #1 on the team great.