“The Last Dance” documentary was fun, exciting, and riveting television. The documentary chronicled Michael Jordan and the Bulls’ Dynasty.
While Jordan looked reasonably good in the documentary, not everybody came out unscathed, especially Scottie Pippen. The Hall of Famer had some bad moments in the documentary. Whether it was Pippen getting surgery right before the 1997-98 season because he did not want to mess up his summer, or Pippen sitting out the final play against New York in the 1994 playoffs because the play was not called for him, Pippen did not look good.
Also, his contract was discussed in the documentary. He signed a below-market value deal back in 1991, and unfortunately for Pippen, the Bulls would not renegotiate his contract.
Now, reportedly, Pippen is upset about the documentary. We examine how Pippen looked in the documentary:
Scottie Pippen had an amazing career, but he always was the number two guy in Chicago behind Michael Jordan. While Pippen is a Hall of Famer, 6x NBA champion, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history; he never really got out of the shadows of Jordan.
One guy who does not think Pippen was a superstar is Pacers G Victor Oladipo.
Here is what Oladipo told The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 in New York on Tuesday:
Victor Oladipo doesn't think Scottie Pippen was a superstar pic.twitter.com/QDbwNRSb5B
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) September 14, 2017
Does Oladipo have a point? Pippen did not win without Jordan, but Jordan did not win without Pippen. Furthermore, Pippen was a great two-way player. Superstar? Questionable. A great player? No doubt!
The Chicago Bulls are going to look very different next season. Gone are Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo. Now, the Bulls are going young. Although Dwyane Wade is there, for now, the Bulls core is young. Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and rookie Lauri Markkanen, who all came from the Butler deal with Minnesota, are some of the young players Chicago will turn to next season.
In free agency, the Bulls brought in former Knicks forward Justin Holiday. Holiday, who played in Chicago two seasons ago, believes that the Bulls can make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference:
“I believe we can get to the playoffs regardless of what everybody thinks from the outside the first thing is believing you can do something,” Holiday told the Go4it podcast with host Paul Gant. “If you ask people before I got into the NBA if they thought I could get into the NBA, they would probably say no, but I believe I could and I am here.
“So, I do think that’s possible. It might seem like a long shot to everybody else, but again, just because we are young, and people might not know what are young players can do. That’s just you not knowing. I think we still have a chance, and I think we gonna to do the best thing we can to put this team together; getting us playing as a team, being strong mentally, and getting that going early, and see what happens.”
While the Eastern Conference is weak, the Bulls probably don’t have enough talent to be one of the top eight teams in the conference.
However, anything can happen!
Former NBA star Ron Harper, who is a 5x NBA champion with the Bulls and Lakers, called Kyrie Irving’s trade request a byproduct of “youth” and “ignorance.”
Harper told the Akron Beacon Journal the following:
“When I used to play on bad teams and you trained all off-season to play 82 games, you get to the first round and you lose. You’re guaranteed to play till June. The East is good, but you know that you’re the best basketball team. I don’t really understand what’s behind it,” Harper said.
Harper does not understand why Irving would want to have a bigger role elsewhere when he is winning in Cleveland:
“It’s never your team. You play for the front of your jersey, your name is on the back of it. When you get a chance to win and a chance to be on a good basketball team, you have to take that opportunity. That opportunity doesn’t come around all the time. You’re on a team that’s been to the NBA Finals the last three seasons. How many guys get there? How many guys would kill to be him? If you go talk to most superstars that quote ‘had their own team’ that don’t get to the playoffs, ask them how they feel,” Harper told the Akron Beacon Journal.
Whatever happens moving forward, it seems the Cavs are in no rush to deal Irving. Harper believes that maybe LeBron James and Irving can work out their differences:
“I think LeBron is more mature. LeBron just wants to win, he wants to be on a good team. I don’t think he will hold any ill will towards him. And the only way you win is by having good teammates. You can repair anything if you talk. If you don’t talk, then it’s hard. If they communicate, it would be okay.”
Maybe James and Irving can settle their differences. Anything is possible!
As reported numerous times, Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving has requested a trade. Irving reportedly wants to be a number one guy elsewhere. In addition, we don’t know what LeBron James might do next summer(James can become a free agent).
Because of the uncertainty with James, and Irving’s desire to have a bigger role, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen thinks what Irving is doing is not a bad thing. Pippen had this to say on Friday’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump.
“I am a very strong supporter of what he’s doing because I’ve watched what has happened to him in his career and how things went for him in Cleveland, and I think he’s at a superstar level now that he can control his own destiny,” Pippen said.
Pippen thinks Kyrie might be trying to get out of Cleveland before LeBron does:
“I think it’s the perfect timing. Cleveland didn’t win a championship, they were right there, but there’s been a lot of things going on within that organization. LeBron (James) doesn’t give those guys the security that they need, that ‘the superstar is gonna be there and he’s gonna support us.’ And I see Kyrie looking at the opportunity to run before LeBron runs, because there’s a lot of chatter out there that LeBron’s coming to play with the Lakers,” Pippen said.
You can’t argue with what Kyrie is doing. Who knows what LeBron is going to do next summer. However, I don’t think Irving is a superstar. Furthermore, I don’t know if a team led by Irving is good enough to win NBA titles. Just like I don’t think Pippen was good enough to win titles without Jordan.
Some players are meant to the number one guys, and some players are meant to be number two guys. Irving and Pippen are number two guys!
We will be talking sports and having fun doing it!
We were joined by Bulls F Justin Holiday, who discussed his decision to sign with the Bulls, his season with the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, playing with his brother Jrue, and more!
According to The Vertical, free agent G Derrick Rose will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, according to the report. Rose, 28, averaged 18 ppg last season with the Knicks.
Rose met with the Cavs today in Ohio.
Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2017
Former NBA player Craig Hodges knows what it’s like to speak out on social issues, and knows the impact that it could have on a career. Hodges, who wrote a letter to then president George H. Bush about the plight of African-Americans back in 1992 during a visit to the White House to celebrate the Bulls winning a NBA title, was cut from the Bulls shortly thereafter. Hodges would never play in the NBA again. At the time, Hodges was still a productive player. While he was not a star, he was a guy who could play.
He was a three-point sniper, who won three consecutive 3-point shooting contests from 1990-92. Sadly, Hodges knows all too well about what free agent QB Colin Kaepernick might be experiencing.
Kaepernick is having a hard time finding a job in the NFL. The reason could be sitting during the national anthem last season, and standing up against the oppression of minorities in America. Hodges applauds everything Kaepernick is doing in the community and his message. “When I look a Colin Kaepernick doing what he is doing on his own, that’s cool because now you have the safety net. Not just the safety net of social media, but you have social media that can tell people about the struggle that you’re going about,” Hodges told Paul Gant.
Unfortunately for Kaepernick, Hodges believes the 29-year-old QB is being blackballed. “No doubt, man. You see it happening already. In that’s the whole thing that silence is violence, silence s acquiescing. So, as it continues in my guestimation, they’ll continue to try to downplay the fact that nobody is picking him up, and the closer it gets to the season nobody will pick him up,” Hodges said. “Pretty soon they’ll be a star on the horizon who has the media’s attention and pretty soon it will be ‘man, what happened to Colin Kaepernick.’ Then, at that point in time, you’re out of the league.”
Hodges is concerned that if Kaepernick were to miss a year in the NFL that his career could be over. “That’s the problem I faced, but I think basketball is easier to be out a year or two and still come back and play,” explained Hodges.
It would be sad to see Kaepernick’s career end this way. Many quarterbacks have been signed, but many of those quarterbacks do not have the talent or the ability of Kaepernick. Sadly, we might have seen the end of Kaepernick in the NFL.
Make sure to get Craig Hodges’ new book “Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter.”
Jimmy Butler wants all the critics that have a problem with him to give him a call. Butler gave his number out during his introductory press conference with the Timberwolves today.
Well, here is the number below if you have an issue:
Jimmy Butler: "Everybody's entitled to their opinion. My phone's in my back pocket, whoever has anything to say to me feel free 773 899 6071 pic.twitter.com/qWXDHNr4OL
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 29, 2017