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Scottie Pippen says Michael Jordan could score 100 points today

Mar 11, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

Back in the Jordan era, defenders out on the wing could “hand check” — put their hands on the guy with the ball — and there was no call. A little grab, a little push did not elicit a whistle. Nor did Jordan pushing off to create space.

Today (for the last decade almost), you can’t touch a guy on the wing or it’s a foul.

Put Jordan in today’s NBA and he could average 40 points and score 100 in a game, Scottie Pippen said on Dan Patrick’s national radio show today, as reported by CSN Chicago.

“The game now is so offensively driven,” Pippen said. “It’s so easy for an offensive player to keep his aggressiveness with the basketball player.”

Pippen also agreed with Jordan that Derrick Rose should be MVP this season.

Good to know that 13 years after they stopped playing together Pippen is still kissing up to Jordan.

  1. 1historian - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Kurt – nice to see that you had to end your piece with a cheap shot

  2. valleyvabuc - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I think Mr. Pippen forgets the fact that there are plenty of things such as push-offs, charges and illegal screens which are called much more frequently now as opposed to Jordan’s era.

    • pdub923 - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Is it just me, or did valleyvabuc completely miss the point of the whole article?

    • borderline1988 - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      You’re right, but in one on one iso situations, today’s NBA definitely favours perimeter players. Especially since Jordan was such a proific midrange shooter. Without handchecks and aggressive perimeter defense, how hard is it to imagine Jordan making one move on his guy from the top of the key, and then rising for a free-throw line jumper?

      The other thing is, often when perimeter players drive to the net, they are met with minimal resistance. In the 1980’s, every time a player went to the net, there would be 2 tall defenders jumping into the shooter and trying to swat the ball away. That’s why sky hooks and midrange jumpers were such a big part of the game back then.
      Ironically, midrange jumpers would be even easier today, but teams opt for athletic playmakers who can penetrate and then finish or dish to 3pt shooters.

  3. loungefly74 - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    pippen was truley a “robin”.

    • liltmac2003 - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Being named on the 50 greatest players of all-time, being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the 6 rings he has proves otherwise buddy.

      • florida727 - Mar 11, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        Really? Pippen had two chances to win a championship WITHOUT Jordan, and with essentially the same supporting cast. Did he? No. Only after Jordan returned did they go on to win three more titles. Granted, it’s a TEAM sport, and you could also say Jordan never won a championship without Pippen, they’ll be linked together forever, but Jordan never refused to re-enter the game with the final outcome on the line. Pippen, rather famously (or is it infamously?), did refuse.

    • deiong - Mar 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      what do you expect, jordans the best theres ever been, he made his team better, and he ruled on ofense and defense smethign no other player has been anywhere near close.. so to have that player on your team and still be recognized as one of the 50 best. sure jordan made him better, but if pippen didnt have the drive or the determination ala that james kid, scottie would have just been a regular joe.

  4. dirksimmons - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Wow Helin. Grow up, dude. Pippen has a point. Big men can’t just camp in the middle anymore either. That would make a huge difference.

  5. rdssc - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Helin you are Bulls hater, please stop giving your opinion on anything Bulls related. That also includes your ridiculous posts trying to claim Derick Rose is not the MVP. Your bias is annoying.

    • dolphinphan - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      yea, its gospel that rose is mvp. god forbid someone should have any other opinion.

  6. hateradeonrocks - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    there’s also zone defense.

  7. helinhater - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Classic Kurt Helin.

    For some reason, he has little concern for his credibility even though the only organization Helin ever openly makes snide comments about is Chicago.

    Thankfully, I rest easy knowing that regardless of Helin’s amateurish approach to journalism, Helin is exposing himself for the biased schmuck he is.

    Helin reminds me of a lot of media figures who cling to their belief when everyone else has reached a general (and rational) opinion based on, you know, what they’ve actually witnessed over the last few months.

    Hopefully PBT wakes up before people start moving away from the site because the editor is a doucher who hates on one of the 5-6 most historically significant (and thereby most popular) franchises in the league for some unknown (and unprofessional) reason.

    Last time I checked this was a basketball blog. If I wanted a snarky columnist, I’d read perez hilton.

  8. louistaylored - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    I agree Jordan would definitely be an even more prolific scorer than he was back then.

    But I guarantee he wouldn’t get 1 person to call him selfish seeing as MJ can do no wrong to most

    • davidly - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      Kind of disingenuous guarantee when you already make up at least one of those people, and I can (in fact) guarantee that there is a whole school of you out there as well. You all “have the guts” to say he was selfish. Well good on ya!

      Fact is: numbers don’t lie: he made more shots than he missed during his career with Chicago – which is outstanding for guard during one season, let alone a career; hell, he even ranks number one on virtually all the weird efficiency ratings folks have come up with. And his all around game tops everyone’s. What, selfish because he wanted to win so many damn games?

      You know how many players have won a championship the season they led the league in assists? I’ll tell you: One. Magic Johnson did it once. Ask any NBA player if MJ was selfish. If they say yes, the Bulls probably beat the crap out of them all the time.

  9. rickhere - Mar 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    “Good to know that 13 years after they stopped playing together Pippen is still kissing up to Jordan.”…Just had to throw that little shot in there didn’t you Helin…Regardless…Pippen is right…Jordan played when players could beat the hell out of you…Anyone remember Detroit…You come driving through the lane you were slammed to the ground…I remember seeing Jordan swat away the defender’s arm before making a move…He had to because they were grabbing him…You can’t touch them now…Just watch the Lakers play sometime…Kobe, Fisher, Gasol…They scream like little girls or flop around every time they drive or shoot the ball…You don’t think Kobe pushes off to create space…lol…Does it on pretty much every jump shot…This is not a Laker Bashing…Its just every game I see them play they are screaming, or flopping…Guess that is the way it should be…I mean they are in the Fantasy City of LA…You can probably thank Dennis Rodman for bringing the Acting and Flopping to the NBA…well and also Tattoos…

    • redstar504 - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      The Lakers flop a good bit but they have nothing on the Spurs Gifloopy and Parker are the worst in the NBA by far. Flopping stinks but it is part of the game now just like yelling “and-one” every time you score in the paint.

      • rickhere - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

        I agree…Ginooooooobli….is always flopping…yeah it is part of the game…but it does obviously take away from the game…especially now where any stoppage in play leads to another 3 commercials to sit through…

      • borderline1988 - Mar 12, 2011 at 11:29 PM

        Now that we’re discussing floppers, I feel it prudent to mention the one guy that puts Ginobili, Parker, and Kobe to shame: Paul Pierce.

  10. machomaniac - Mar 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    This is why I laugh when idiots say Kobe is better

  11. florida727 - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    True story… Jordan is notorious for pushing his teammates to be better. No holds barred. Scrimmaging against Pippen one day at the Berto Center, the Bulls practice facility. Dunks right over the top of him. Backpedaling down the court he says, “Don’t worry about it, Scottie. I do that to good players too.” No joke. True story.

  12. ted1sheckler - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Did Kobe or Jordan ever average a triple double for a full season? Oscar Robertson did.

    These 2 aren’t even the best guard ever, let alone best player ever.

    Get in line behind Russell, Chamberlin, Jabbar,Erving and many others.
    Sorry kids, there was a non watered down NBA before 1984.

    • willhnic - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM


      Oscar was awesome. So were Russel, Chamberlin, Jabbar and Erving. However, Jordan is definitely better than all of them. Chamberlin was in a league where he was so much taller and more skilled than everyone else. What do you mean no water down league. I would like to see him play agains Shaq, Hakeem, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson. He didn’t have that type of competition sir. The league you are referring to was great because of all the firsts. However, the 80s and 90s included more skilled players on ALL teams, plus stronger guards and small forwards. That previous generation couldn’t handle it. Sorry.

  13. willhnic - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Wow…Mr. Helin. Maybe Helin is your first name. Only girls in high school demonstrate that much jealousy, envy, and arrogance.

    If you think about Pippen’s point with the rule change, you have to think about the days when Jordan and Team went up against Detroit, Portland, and the NY Knicks. They would give hard fouls to both Pippen and Jordan, a lot of them were not called. Today – Kobe, Lebron and Wade would be crying with the amount of fouling that occurred in the 80s and 90s. Plus, they are too weak to just overcome and get to the hole. Also, think how the rules have changed for playing under the rim. That stupid half circle just before you get to the rim in today’s league guarantees no charging calls once you reach the basket. Jordan got to the rim so often, he would easily get himself 10 more points a game on free throws and 3pt plays with this in effect.

    OH…and shame on you Helin for using one clip to try to make an argument that Jordan pushed off. Journalism is about showing a trend. One example does not equal fact. AND…that example wasn’t even a push off. OH..with exception for your cry babies.

  14. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    I ‘m a New Yorker who loves his Knicks and I don’t kiss up to MJ BUT HE DOES NOT LIE.

    • philtration - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM

      I miss the Bulls-Knicks rivalry.
      The playoffs between Chicago and New York in the 90s was intense and they truly hated each other.

  15. davidly - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Why didn’t you use a clip where he actually did push off? There are plenty of them. And it’s not like he was the only one.

    And do you have an example of Pippen kissing up to Jordan that passes the smell test?

  16. jizzojames - Mar 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    The league has changed so much since the Jordan days. I mean back then they actually played ball. Today its basically a whole lotta flopping and crying for calls, and push-offs. He probably could but hey guess what, we’ll never know.

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