Chicago Bulls legend and Hall-of-Fame forward Scottie Pippen believes the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls would win 75 games in today’s NBA.

That was one of Pippen’s responses to an impromptu Q&A he had with fans on Twitter before Game 5 of the ongoing first-round series between his Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks on April 27.

Getting the point-of-view of an NBA star who played 17 seasons in the league certainly gives today’s fans a bigger perspective of the game.

Bur first, a little background on Pippen.
 
The 6’7″ Pippen was a marvelous two-way player whom NBA.com describes as someone who “orchestrated an offense like a point guard, rebounded like a power forward, scored like a shooting guard, and defended on the perimeter like few others.”

Pippen is the classic example of an individual who literally rose from the ashes.
 
He was one of 12 siblings who grew up in Hamburg, Arkansas. He received financial aid for being the team manager of the Central Arkansas Bears, whom he played for as a non-scholarship player, per NBA.com.

He averaged 23.6 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior, a performance which caught the eye of then-Bulls GM Jerry Krause. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Pippen fifth overall in the 1987 draft, just three places ahead of Chicago. Krause then orchestrated a trade involving Pippen and his draft choice that year, Olden Polynice.
 
The rest, as they say, is history.

Among his accolades are the following:

  • Six-time NBA champion
  • Seven-time NBA All-Star
  • 1994 NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • Three-time All-NBA First Team selection
  • Eight-time All-Defensive First Team selection
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA (1992, 1996)
  • No. 33 retired by both the University of Central Arkansas and the Chicago Bulls
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010

For his career, he averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.

Needless to say, when somebody like Scottie Pippen offers his take on NBA-related issues, we should all pay attention.

 

Scottie Pippen’s Impromptu Q&A With Fans On Twitter On 4/27/15

 
Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen had some very interesting answers when he interacted with fans on Twitter on April 27. Let’s chime in on some of the more thought-provoking ones.

 
We saw this one coming. How can they not be intense with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in that 1992 Dream Team? They’re all good friends off the court, but you can be sure they set that friendship aside when they scrimmaged against one another.
 

 
This in-your-face dunk, one of the best in NBA history, occurred during the 1994 NBA Playoffs. Based on Pip’s answer, he wasn’t concerned about jawing with Ewing after he posterized him. He had his eyes on the bigger prize. At least that shut Spike Lee up at least for a minute or two.
 

         
 
Why not? I’m just waiting on the right time and opportunity. https://t.co/bjiVV3W3ny           — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 27, 2015 Coach Scottie? There’s a nice ring to it. But can he win another championship ring as a coach with zero experience drawing up plays? That remains to be seen.
 
Today’s players-turned-coaches (Steve Kerr, Mark Jackson, Avery Johnson and Monty Williams, to name a few) relied on broadcasting and assistant-coaching experience before they got called up. Pippen has neither. But who knows? With the right team, Pip just might thrive. 
 


 
Pippen’s answer here is a bit confusing. He must have meant winning three in a row in 1993 against the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls won their first NBA title against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991. Nonetheless, that first Bulls three-peat must have been quite the adrenaline rush for Pippen and Co.


 
Pippen’s tweet doesn’t seem biased. He’s just telling it as it is. Nobody can beat MJ on a one-on-one basis. Maybe LeBron James has the best chance, but he’d still come up short.
 

 
Kawhi Leonard must remind Pippen of himself. Leonard is fast becoming one of the today’s best two-way players. Not only did he win 2014-15 KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors, he also led the San Antonio Spurs in scoring this past regular season. This kid has it all, and he’s just 23 years old. He’ll only get better.
 

 
The pinnacle of the Q&A with Pippen. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team had an excellent combination of superstar players in Pippen, Jordan and Rodman as well as efficient role players in Ron Harper, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr and Luc Longley . This was simply a well-oiled and well-coached unit.
 
It might be a stretch to think this team will overpower today’s squads if we consider Pippen’s observation that today’s game is “less physical.” But hey, the 1995-96 Bulls team still won 72 games during a more physical era. Pip’s estimate of 75 wins might just be about right.

 

 

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