Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  12 responses

Scottie Pippen: Current Chicago Bulls Reminiscent of Late 1980s Teams

Scottie Pippen sees a lot of similarities between the Derrick Rose-led Bulls and the teams he played on in Chicago (during the 80s) before they started collecting titles. From the team website: “I have to say that this year’s Bulls remind me a lot of our teams in the late 1980’s. When I look back at my first few seasons in the NBA, we didn’t dominate as a team. There were a lot of nights where we took a beating and got whacked across the head. But we got better along the way and we started to taste the success. With that came the pressure and expectations to be successful. That’s what this team is going through right now. I can guarantee you that the series against Miami still lingers in the back of the players’ minds. Granted, they are focused on the task at hand this season, but it’s something that helps the Bulls play with an edge. Again, it’s like our teams in the late 1980’s, when we were a team on the rise and the Detroit Pistons were the defending champions. Even in the years we lost, we felt like we were the better team. The rest of the world looked at what the Pistons had done and how they worked their way to the top, and we understood that. But we didn’t accept it. The Bulls have to adopt that mentality and endure some of the same growing pains that we did. Granted, the situation was different in that the Pistons had won back-to-back titles and the Heat has only had its core together for a season and a half now, still without a championship. But it’s clear that if you want to get to the Finals this season, you’ll have to get past Miami.”

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  • Paul H

    Nothing controversial. Valid points really.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    So Boozer would be Bill Cartwright?

  • Hulahula

    Im glad hes not trolling anymore

  • Rrfanatic

    ^lmao with his mj bs comparison

  • bull22

    the biggest two keys to punching ticket to finals is being healthy and boozer and noah getting it done this time and not wilting under pressure.

  • McWill

    They still desperately need another scoring guard to support the back court…. Rip isn’t what he used to be and I wish they still had Ben Gordon on the team scoring 30 off the bench

  • LA Huey

    “The rest of the world looked at what the Pistons had done and how they worked their way to the top, and we understood that. But we didn’t accept it.” That’s some cool insight.
    @bull22, I think Noah will be fine but you’re SOL with Boozer.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i feel bad that they signed Booz. what a waste. wish they had the money to go after other players instead of having that much invested into Booz

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    Scottie’s on to something except for the fact that the modern Scotty and MJ are currently playing for the Heat.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    modern day that is

  • Willie

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.. Thats how I feel about Boozer..Dude is lazy, and he’s the cancer on this team. If Noah was a better scorer down low then you would be able to hide the horrible fade away shots this dude throws up with no one under the rim to rebound! And I want even waste my time on talking about him defensively smh. Our guards need to crash the boards and help with rebounding also. Go Bulls!!

  • robb

    the Bulls won’t win a championship with their current roster, they need to add one more piece. They already have an MVP, a great bench, a great coach and a solid contributor in Deng, but they need one final piece. Rip is finished and Boozer is a joke.