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Scottie Pippen says Jordan could drop 100 today

Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 3:43 pm
Posted by Royce Young

As former great players get older and less relevant to younger fans, they often get the urge to say things. Things that grab attention and most of the time, things can't can't be proven either way.

The latest example: Scottie Pippen said on Dan Patrick's radio show that Michael Jordan could average more than 40 points per game if he was playing today and on top of that, could score 100 in a single game. (I assume Pippen is saying that if Jordan were in his awesome 1991-92 prime he could do this, not that the current incarnation of MJ would do it.)

“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.”

That's a nice thing for Pippen to say about his forming running buddy. And like I said, something that there's no way we can really know. Which is why it's fun -- and easy -- to say.

I mean, Bill Russell could say, "You know, I could grab 400 rebounds a game in today's game." Or Magic Johnson, "I could get 75 assists in one half in today's game." Or Sasha Vujacic saying, "I could average 30 a game if I wanted to." Wait, he did say that.

I don't blame players for saying things like Pippen did because they fear we're all going to forget how good they are. And for good reason too. It was one of my favorite points from Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball in that as we move further away from the likes of Bird, Magic, Dr. J and Jordan, we start to marginalize their talent. We forget just how great they were. We see players like LeBron, Durant, Kobe and Derrick Rose and assume that those older players weren't fast enough, big enough, strong enough or good enough to hang.

And to some degree, that's true. The 1980s Bird might not be as legendary today. But that's if you took the actual 80s Larry Bird (the one with the blonde afro perm, dirty mustache and short shorts) and inserted him. If you just took Larry Bird and gave him all the bonuses of modern medicine, weight training, nutrition and whatever else, he'd be as good or better. I don't know if that point made total sense, but it did in my head. I think you get what I mean.

It's easier to respect what you're currently watching and forget what you don't see, or haven't seen in a while. I mean, how many people have already forgotten how good Allen Iverson was? Or just how dominant inside Shaq was? We all love the "all-time" debates, but there are truly people that think that Bob Pettit wouldn't hack it if he played today against Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. Who knows, I guess they could be right. But it doesn't really matter in the end.

I'm kind of getting off topic here, but that's the whole heart of what Pippen is claiming with MJ. Could Jordan score 100 in today's NBA? I'm sure he could. When you're that good, you can do lots of things. Could he average 40? Probably, because he was darn close in his time. But we won't and can't ever know.

It's easy for former players to rag on "today's game" because it's not how it was when they played. Maybe it's not as physical. Maybe it's too geared for offense. Maybe players don't play as hard. Who knows. But in 20 years, I bet we'll get a quote from Dwyane Wade saying LeBron could scored 70 a night in "today's game" because of the new "no defense in the paint" rule. Or something.

Don't worry Scottie. I haven't forgotten how great MJ was. You don't have to say things just to try and make me remember.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 9:39 am

Scottie Pippen says Jordan could drop 100 today

jordan played against some of the best defensive teams the nba ever had. does anyone remember the "bad boysn detroit pistons teams of the late eighties?  there is no comparison between defense then and defense now. jordan would have been an immortal in todays game.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:48 pm

Scottie Pippen says Jordan could drop 100 today

I like this post by Royce Young.  I am frustrated by how many people forgot already how great MJ was and claim Kobe is better. Don't get me wrong I believe Kobe is almost on the same level (not quite but very close) as MJ. I also hate the weak argument about who did Jordan play in the 90s and the only reason he won was because Bird and Magic retired, even though Jordan beat Magic in 91.  I guess Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Reggie Miller, Clyde Drexler, were all garbage players. Can somebody in their right mind really think 1989-1993 MJ could not score 81 points (or even 100) against the 2006 Toronto CRaptors like Kobe did? Go back and check the highlights the CRaptors did not even bother to double team Kobe. If 1989 - 1993 MJ played that same pitiful defense he would have dropped 81 too.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Scottie Pippen says Jordan could drop 100 today

Clearly Pippen is STILL kissing MJ's backside. One has to think he needs a job.

Guess the idea that Kobe may be better than Jordan bothers Scottie. While I don't agree that is the case, Pippen just needed someone to notice he is still around and that Sir Charles is not the only player from that era to make out of this world comments.

In the late 80's Mike was great but his teams were not solid. But once Bird and Magic were gone, the Bulls could do no wrong.

But Pippen HAS forgotten how the league allowed MJ to always have an out when he missed a shot in the 90's. A defender could not come close to Jordan without getting a  foul call if MJ missed the shot. It was often 1 or 2 seconds after the ball missed that the call would come.

It is had to tell how great Jordan would be in today's NBA. But it is also hard to tell how great he really was in the 90's because the league wanted him to be great so much as their chosen star. I think he would have beeen close to what came about but it would have been nice to see him do it on a fair stage.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:22 pm

Scottie Pippen says Jordan could drop 100 today

Jordan is good enough where I am still wearing his sneakers.......No Lebrons; KD3s or whoever else is trying to sell a sneaker now.  I will stick with the Jordans.....Lebron has a tiger on the tongue....hahahahhahaha...nice

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