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Karl Malone says he would have taken Pippen over Jordan

Jun 13, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

Note to NBA team owners: Don’t make Karl Malone your general manager.

Malone was on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday, talking about the Dream Team (be sure to watch the new documentary on NBA TV tonight, it rocks) and as part of the conversation he talked about Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

And Malone has it backwards (hat tip to

“I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen,” he said. “This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren’t really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that. Plus, he’s a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael.”

Those Bulls teams that weren’t very good added Jordan back and they won titles again. Just sayin’.

I get that some people vastly underestimate how great a player Scottie Pippen was. He is a deserving Hall of Famer, one of the 50 greatest players of all time. A legend. If you think even Jordan could have did what he did on his own, well, why not look at how LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have done the last few years.

But Pippen is not Jordan. That’s not a discussion we are going to entertain.

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    karl “no ring” malone – just shut up and drive your peterbilt

  2. labratre - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Karl……….Karl……….Karl……….Karl……REALLY, ARE YOU SERIOUS, SMH! Karl……..Karl………………………………

  3. ccshocktalk - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    A few things to remember. As a die hard Bulls fan, and a fan of the game in general, Michael will always be remembered as the greatest. And as some of you have pointed out, they may have needed each other. Would Jordan have 6 rings without Pippen, and would Pippen have 6 without MJ? Who knows. What we do know are the facts.

    Jordans last year before retiring was 92-93. That record was 58-24

    The year Jordan was gone 93-94, Pippen and BJ Armstrong and Grant led the stat sheets…record went to 50-32. 8 game swing without Jordan, not a big difference at all.

    94-95 Jordan came back the last 17 games, and they went 13-4 but the overall record was 54-28, only a 4 game difference between that year and Jordan’s last (before his first retirement). I would say Scottie did a pretty good job leading that team.

    They came back in the 95-96 season with the addition of the greatest defensive player to play the game in Dennis Rodman. They went on to win a few more rings.

    Michael will be remembered as the greatest ever, and Scottie will always live in his shadow as the sidekick, but when you look at the numbers, there is no denying that Scottie Pippen was an elite NBA player, and should be remembered as one of the greatest.

    • jnam82 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Sorry to be pedantic but you have all three records wrong.

      ’92-’93 Bulls: 57-25

      ’93-’94 Bulls: 55-27

      ’94-’95 Bulls: 47-35

      The ’93-’94 record is a testament not only to Pippen’s greatness, but the coming of age of BJ Armstrong and in particular Horace Grant, both of whom made their first All Star team that season in Jordan’s absense.

      It also confirmed the genius of Tex Winter’s Triangle offence.

  4. Fred - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Maybe it was Karl’s preoccupation with Scottie that led to him getting stripped by MJ on that crucial Finals possession way back when.

  5. davidly - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Kurt, I think you miss his whole point, but understand you gotta blog.

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