Constantly do I come about the general assertion Michael Jordan made Scottie Pippen, which is overstated for two reason: Jordan's personality (one that needed an unbiased player around [especially in practice]); and Jordan's brand (that always felt as though something was omitted, perhaps the other mythical figure, Pippen).
As great as Michael Jordan was (and is) he didn't dominate outside of other areas in the game such as Pippen did. Scoring and being clutch was Jordan's gizmo.
Phil Jackson admittedly took the principle to heart to whomever would listen when felt the urge to speak, repeating the tired phrase that defense wins championships throughout their 2 separate runs.
Is this why Jackson always valued Pippen more than Jordan? Or more so, gave Pippen more credit?
Its in the pudding, and Pippen had his chance to revisit what was privately and publicly felt on August 13th, 2010.
His expected induction into the Hall of Fame lathered up an unmanifested truth, which rarely went notice until now: ... (It's true) Pippen, indeed, made Jordan.
If your opinion doesn't coincide with mine, and thereon won't accept, raise this question:
If Michael Jordan, a career 30 point scorer, was on the opposite side of the probable shrug that jaded a young Cliff Robinson -- would the amalgam of Michael and Clyde Drexler sustained long enough for a six-peat on behalf of Jordan's greatness?
Or (inviting a random Hall of famer into the conversation that never won a ring), how would Michael have fared replacing Charles Barkley vicariously and accepting a third-wheel behind Julius Erving and Mo Cheeks?
Who knows. But those are questions that can be answered through proper analysis of Jordan's greatness.
OR at least give a hint to -- like the 1992 NBA Finals did:
That 1992 Blazers team, without casting other NBA franchises, were not in grace to have drafted the next evolutionary player from Central Arkansas (but Blazers had their chance with Michael in 1984), a five-career-assist six-foot-eight Forward.
In fact, no other team that made -- or didn't make -- the playoffs that year had never seen or had a player with such skill-level.
In that era Pippen could lock-up a player with the highest usage on the opposing team -- from one through four -- and be the reason why the Chicago Bulls won and/or lost.
His teammates gave him that type of leash, which is unheard of for a second banana.
But, indeed, Pippen did have a different purpose, a Small-Forward, a three that didn't just adhere to the traditional role, which consisted of providing 15 points-per-game (if you were above standard) and bruising either thigh every-so-often in an effortful attempt to get three steals-per-game (again, if you were above standard).
So whether you agree or not, it's my opinion that Pippen made Jordan. It was him that, while cerebral, detained a lot of ill-emotion towards Jordan on a 12-man roster. It was him that acuted both knees and squatted in determination of stealing the ball from the opposing team's best player. It was him that revolutionized the Point-Forward position.
I can go on and on.
And if you think I'm taking away from Jordan's greatness... think again. I'm just stating my understanding of the greatest duo of all-time.
And perhaps Jordan knew Pippen was maimed, after all Jordan admittedly didn't take pleasure in Pippen guarding him during warm-ups and practice.
Lastly, as I know, it's an epilogue that will surely continue:
Pippen, thanks for revolutionizing the game. If it wasn't for him, there will be no Lamar Odom, Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady or Lebron James.
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