Some of you around here may know me from my recent fanpost here detailing a trade with Kirk Hinrich
, among others, and, left your thoughts. There were some I agreed with, some I didn't, and that was that. So with that being said, this recent conversation about the 90's Bulls teams really irked me.
First, a disclaimer. I never have been, will be, or ever claim to be a Michael Jordan fan. I did like Scottie Pippen, and before his wedding dress moments, Dennis Rodman as basketball players. I do believe their collective talents, maybe outside of the Bulls fan base, were never appreciated in the special way that they clearly were. I'm also not a believer that A) Michael Jordan is the greatest hooper ever, even though I'm clearly in the minority on that, and this is the main reason why: You can't convince me he was the greatest defensive player ever. I think that argument could be extended to both Rodman and Pippen, but not Jordan. So, yes, while I'm stupid, and I have the 5 days figuring out how to work a wireless mouse to prove it, I offer this level of stupidity that blew my mind the other day on StR. It's so bad I thought I would share it because it's still tripping me out
Mostly talented but "solid" guys That looked better playing beside MJ. That shows just how much better MJ was than Kobe is – the current Laker roster has more talent top to bottom.
Uhm, what? I'm not a Kobe hater or anything, but who compares to Scottie Pippen? Ditto with Dennis Rodman? What about Ron Harper? toni Kukoc, again, ditto. I just found this statement so arrogantly irritating that I had to share it with you. I replied, as you well see if you click on the link.
But here is what I said in response to that
: Kukoc, Grant, Rodman, Pippen, Paxson and Cartwright all were talented NBA players. Jordan did not do it all alone. Revising history is not only stupid; it’s also very irritating. Stop it now. Do not tell me about history, and do not purport bullshit like the current Lakers roster is better than the Bulls. Take that bullshit elsewhere.
Yes, I said bullshit twice. And I meant it.
But the genius reply came as such:
Hmmmm Didn’t I say ’talented? Hardley hall of famers – or even All stars really with the Pippen exception.
Off your meds again?
Yeah, that's what I thought. Stupid is as stupid does. I'm only sharing this with you because I find ignorance irritating, and what I really find irritating, is as I said in the blockquote of my statement, the revision of history to be disingenous to history.
Let me recap: Michael Jordan: At worst top 5 player of all time
Scottie Pippen: At worst top 30 or 40 player of all time
Dennis Rodman: Not top 50, but clearly a Hall of Famer
Toni Kukoc: A multiple time all-star if he played for a Wizards type team
Ron Harper: A multiple time all-star with the Clippers and Cavaliers
Horace Grant: A multiple time all-star with the Bulls
Now, the rest of the Bulls were clearly role players, but last I checked, quality teams don't suffer when their are role players. What made the 90's Bulls so tremendous, was how much talent they had, how much consistency they played with (never saw a team less beatable than them), and, they had a starting 5 coming off the bench. So, yeah, basically nothing new, but now this level of crap/irritating remark is off my chest. Good Riddance!
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