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Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 10:15 am  |  102 responses

Doc Rivers Compares Avery Bradley’s Defense to Scottie Pippen


Avery Bradley is one of the NBA’s best defenders and pickpockets. He’s so good, in fact, that Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers likens being hounded by Bradley to the experience of going up against Scottie Pippen, one of the greatest defensive players of all-time. Per ESPN: “In 33 games this season, Bradley has produced 41 steals. Those 1.2 swipes per contest won’t put him among the league leaders, but it’s how he generates his thefts: hounding or baiting some of the league’s top ball-handlers — often before the midcourt stripe — and picking them clean for easy transition buckets. But that’s only part of Bradley’s defensive game, and his role in stabilizing the Celtics’ season cannot be understated. Boston, a team that has perennially ranked in the top 5 in defensive rating in the Kevin Garnett era, sat 14th in the league with an unsightly defensive rating of 102.1 on Jan. 1, the day before Bradley made his season debut after a pair of offseason shoulder surgeries shelved him for the first 30 games. Since Bradley’s return, Boston boasts a defensive rating of 96.9, the second-best mark in the league in that span (only Indiana has been better). It’s a big reason why, beset by three season-ending injuries including the loss of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, the Celtics are 21-13 since that point (and Bradley sat out one of those losses against Chicago). If not for the time he missed, it’s not far-fetched to say that Bradley deserves some consideration for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award (or a spot on the league’s all-defense team at the very least). [...] ‘Avery’s return was bigger than people know,’ said Rivers. ‘It really was.’ [...] Rivers has taken to comparing Bradley to the likes of Scottie Pippen, Derek Harper, and Alvin Robertson, with Michael Jordan’s former running mate his favorite parallel. ‘It’s like Scottie Pippen — when you played the Bulls, you were praying that, ‘I hope he guards the other guy tonight,’ explained Rivers. ‘Because [Pippen] was one of those guys that could guard the 1, 2, or 3. And you were hoping, ‘OK, I hope [he guards the other guy].’ I mean, how rare is it that you want Michael to guard you? Over Scottie. And I’m thinking that’s Avery, and even Courtney [Lee]. Courtney’s a good defender as well, but they’re probably thinking, ‘I’ll take him over him.’ And [Bradley's] feet are so good. I mean, he stays in front of the ball, he gets up into it, and it’s big for us. He’s really making us a better defensive team.’”

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  • Jim Porter

    It’s tough to say ANYONE is a great of a defender than some of the all time greats given the rules of no hand checking. Since AB is garnering this reputation i think he might get away with some hand checking with the refs. Scottie though? Maybe Bruce Bowen sans dirty play? AB is not nearly as tall. Maybe Payton.

  • OneStep

    Utter garbage. Doc you’re comparing a guy who’s been in the league 5 minutes to a hall of famer and one of the defensive greats. Get real or you’re setting him up for a fall.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Pippen was more versatile bacause of his length. But bradley is the best i have seen in loooong time. Guys are scared to bring up the ball sometimes against him. What separates him from many other good perimiter defenders (imo) is that he is equally good and quick with his hands and feet and uses them at the same time. a lot of other guys might have good hand but not good feet or the other way around.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Im curious to see your Top10 All-time Best Defender, position 1,2 and 3 combined

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    That is huge praise right there.

  • Dymez

    Whoa! I’m not even going to comment on how I feel about that comparison. But, Doc is highly respect, and for most, his words are taken always taken into consideration. But you have to remember, the reason why Scottie Pippen is a Hall of Famer, the reason why he’s one of the 50 greatest players of all-time, is strictly because of his defense. So, technically, Doc is saying that this man, Avery Bradley, is a Hall of Fame defender. Wow…

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Huge Praise definitely, but I think Jason Terry was right on the money when he compared Avery Bradley’s defense to the Glove. Bradley may not put up defensive numbers in terms of steals and blocks or whatever. He plays TRUE one on one defense and that doesn’t always correlate to the stat sheet individually. Defensive Player of the Year imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i still have Iguodala as better than Bradley.

  • Max

    Wow.

  • shockexchange

    Bradley doesn’t have the body of work to be compared to Pippen. However, he is a very good on ball defender and has what most others lack – pride, will and passion on defense. Most NBA players find it too taxing to play chest-to-chest defense and chuck up 20+ shots per game.

  • ATL dynamite

    The best thing about AB is that not only he’s got good defensive skills, he also glorifies and takes pride in his defense. Doc’s comparison may have gone too far, but I can see a bright future ahead of this kid. Defense wins championships, isn’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Damn, I need to watch more tape of this kid.

  • Anthony Dixon

    I was too young to watch Pippen but Bradley makes superstars work for their points.

  • Caboose

    Same. But Bradley has more, idk, talent (?) on the defensive end. He just needs time to perfect his craft. He’ll surpass Iggy sometime soon.

  • Caboose

    Scottie’s only great because of his defense? Look, we’re not talking about Ben Wallace here, Pippen was good for 20-6-6 every night in his prime. He had some of the best court vision of a small forward since LeBron. His defense was obviously the best part of his game, but don’t pretend he wasn’t in the upper echelon of offensive talent in the league.

  • LakeShow

    It isn’t, but it does.

  • LakeShow

    Absolutely. Were talking overall better defender right?
    Easy: Iggy.
    Can Bradley guard more than two positions effectively Not really unless the small forward is useless. I’d let Iggy guard anyone on the court. Even some centers. He’s a defensive monster.
    Paul George, and Bron are not that far behind him though.

    Iggy is also the much better player to compare to Pip, but obviously Doc’s trying to give his dude some credit. That he definitely deserves. AB is awesome. Love watching him on the defensive end.

  • LakeShow

    I agree with everything… Except, wth, DPOTY?? Really??
    He’s played 33 games for sh*t’s sake.

  • LakeShow

    Common he was a really good offensive player too.
    He’s not there JUST because of defense.
    Rodman is a guy who is there strictly because of defense.

  • Dymez

    Clearly, I didn’t say he’s in the Hall “only” for his defense but “strictly,” meaning the prominent or number 1 reason. I know what Scottie did offensively, and he was a pretty good offensive player, but he is lauded for his defensive prowess. In fact, it was his defense that even intitiated his offense, as many of his points came from fastbreaks.

  • RH.

    Derrick McKey deserves a mention…. he was a great one on one defender.

  • KoloradoKobe

    High praise from Doc, but Avery definitely deserves a nod for his defense. And knowing how humble and hard working this kid is, I know Doc’s praise will only motivate him to be even better. I remember when Tony Allen left the C’s and Avery fills that void perfectly…well, minus the dumb shots. lol

  • MACARONI

    Hes probably the best on ball defender in the league.

  • ATL dynamite

    Alright my bad lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Slow your roll, Doc. ABradley is an elite defender but Pip was on another planet when it came to defense. PIP erased so many of the Bull’s mistakes on D, he was basically their anchor on D and their best on-the-ball defender. How many guys can make that claim especially with a cat like MJ on their team?

  • LakeShow

    had to do it haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he hasn’t been better than Iguodala this season for sure. Or Joakim Noah. Or Tim Duncan for that matter.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Actually, that’s not what “strictly” means at all. “Strictly” means only.
    Strictly: Used to indicate that one is applying words or rules exactly or rigidly: “strictly speaking, ham is a cured, cooked leg of pork”.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah those three spring to mind, even Conley too.
    It’s the 33 games more than anything that is why I think that it is far fetched. He’s as good a defender as anyone, but he has to put in the time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t know. Iguodala might be the best defensive wing since Pippen in all honesty. i doubt Bradley will ever be as versatile as Iggy is on that end.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s fair.

  • Dymez

    No, it doesn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    but why not compare Bradley to a player he is actually like. Like Joe Dumars? That’s who he defends like.

  • LakeShow

    lol, what…
    Just admit, wrong word usage.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is incredibly false.

  • LakeShow

    Precisely.
    People like the big names though. (not that Dumars isn’t, but he isn’t Pip)
    “He rebounds like Rodman.”
    “Plays defense like Pippen.”
    “Scores like Jordan.”
    You know how it goes.
    I like both the Glove and Dumars for AB’s comparison. He’s a little mix in between both.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes it does. buy a dictionary.

    .

    Strictly: 1) without any relaxation of standards or precision

    ——– 2) Used to indicate that one is applying words or rules exactly or rigidly: “strictly speaking, ham is a cured, cooked leg of pork”.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t quite understand the Glove comparison. Both were hawks on the ball. But in different ways. Bradley is just trying to make it as uncomfortable as possible to get anywhere. Glove on the other hand was trying to humiliate you. Glove forced tons and tons of turnovers. Bradley forces tons and tons of bad shots. I mean, they are both relentlessly good defenders, but I don’t really see a parallel past their height, and main strength being defense..

  • Dymez

    This has to be a joke. Now this is about to be a discussion on what a word means? I’ll be honest, it really does mean anything to me. You all win if that’s the case lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why are you saying things you don’t actually mean? it’s a comment section. Focusing on the words is the whole idea.

  • LeroyShonuff

    The Bulls essentially played a zone with Pippen! His length and laterally quickness was and still is unparallelled!!! What he did to teams was criminal.. absolutely criminal.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it wasn’t just because of Pippen. They started that “zone” (if that’s what you want to call it) the year Jordan came back. with Ron Harper. Because they had 3 wing players (and Dennis Rodman) who could guard all 3 wing positions.
    .
    That’s not, however, the defense they ran during the first 3 championships.

  • Sérgio

    Ok, maybe the Pippen comparison was a bit far fetched, but Bradley is a monster defensively. I really think that, if he played in the ECF against Miami the result could have been different, specially seing how well he defends Wade. Obviously, you could make the case that Bosh was hurt as well, but he returned just in time to give Miami the edge to win the Series.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that was the Indiana series.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Extremely high praise. But like others have said I def see more glove in him than Pippen. Pippen in my personal opinion is a top 15 player. He slowed down Magic and that Laker fastbreak after Magic gave Jordan, Paxson and BJ the business. Then he locked down Mark Price (one of the best guards ever in slippin the screen and pick and roll) and Tracey Porter in 92. Turned around and banged with the Knicks in 93 while shutting down KJ in Thunder Dan in the finals. Let’s not forget he is the FIRST player in history to lead his team in ever statistical category in 94. Kept a bad Bulls in Contention in 95. Shut down Penny and Payton in 96. Did the same to Tim Hardaway and John Stockton in 97 and the only time the Bulls was ever seriously threaten to lose a series during their title runs, He orchestrated 7 steals out of 10 straight possessions against the Pacers in 96. Oh and he was money for 23/7/6 a night too. But Bradley is a beast! I personally think t Celtics should trade Rondo, sign OJ and make a run next yr.

  • LakeShow

    Hmm, I mean they certainly aren’t identical, but I do.

    I see what you mean though. Payton bodied and bullied Jordan a couple times. Like actually out physicalled Jordan. Bradley can’t do that to the big strong guards. Yet.

    Plus Payton would kill you on offense. Bradley… well, you know.

    I still don’t mind the comparison though. Not too far off base.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, Payton didn’t out body Jordan. He just did better than anyone Jordan ever faced in the finals. But Jordan still killed him, just not at a Jordan customary level.

  • LakeShow

    “Payton bodied and bullied Jordan a couple times.”

    I 100% stand by that.
    If you need to re-watch the 96′ finals game 4 i’ll give you time lol.

  • robb

    I love defensive players like Avery. There’s a special kind of instinct these type of players have and I really enjoy watching them go to work.

  • Dymez

    Actually, this is a comments section to a Sports News outlet, so focusing on the topic at hand is the whole idea.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You realize Seattle was down 3-0 going into that game, and Nate McMillan & Hersey Hawkins shared time with Payton on Jordan right? That was the game that it looked like Chicago wasn’t ready to play. As an entire team.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Bradley get’s right in you and doesn’t leave. I wonder how good he would be if he played when you could hand check. He would be shutting players down. I mean the ref’s basically bailed Steph Curry from getting locked down with some phantom calls when they played a few weeks back

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Dude, did you read the definition you posted? Do you understand what “precise” means? Absolute, no deviation. As in a “precise” measurement. Just admit you used the wrong word. You meant mainly, or mostly, or something along those lines. It’s ok, everyone makes mistakes.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes, focusing on the topic is the idea when you start to comment. The words in that comment are what make the comment worth saying/reading/discussing. So still, the words are the whole idea.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    For real. It’s not the end of the world, clearly you just pulled a Reggie Miller.
    That means you repeated a common catchphrase, but in an inaccurate manner. Don’t be like Reggie.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He’s great defensively! He was briefly the number 1 recruit coming out of High School in the same class as John Wall. If Doc can teach this kid to run the pick and roll like a Damian Lillard, he can be a great two way player. His court vision is better than advertised too.

  • Dymez

    Only if the words pertain to the topic. The idea is to discuss the topic using words, not discuss the meaning of words. Nor discuss the meaning of a comments section on a particular website, which is why I’m pulling out of this meaningless discussion as well, as I have no damns left to give about it either.

  • LeroyShonuff

    True but Pippen allowed them to switch. Remember Pippen played point for that team to basically and he lead that fast break which was made off them tripping teams by using Pippen’s length and sideline to sideline quickness.

    It’s not the defense (illegal defense) but it allowed the Bulls to lock down one defenders and without a shot blocker and run a form of zone without getting caught. JVG use to go crazy to the refs about it when he coached the Knicks

  • LakeShow

    Dude… Just admit, Payton out physicalled Jordan a couple times. That’s not the big of a statement lol. A couple times isn’t much.

    My point wasn’t that Payton is stronger than Jordan or anything, just that he is stronger than Bradley, by quite a margin.

    Why didn’t Jordan post up on the Glove? He kept trying to shoot over him to no avail… I would have posted if I were Jordan, unless he thought Glove was to tough down in the post. He had the height the supposed strength, yet he did not.

    In that game it was Payton on Jordan for the majority of the game.

  • Gdub513

    So we gonna’ pretend like Kyrie Irving didn’t cook this dude two months ago? Oh, okay…

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    You are stretching it with that 20 a little. Scottie topped out as a scorer at 22 a game and he only hit 20 a few times. He was a better version of Igoudala most likely.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Payton guarded him better than anyone. He didn’t out muscle him. That’s all I’m saying. .
    And Bradley is stronger than Payton, anyway.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s a very good point, if hand checking was still allowed you might as well call for sub if you this guy is about to guard you

  • LakeShow

    So your just gunna pretend like Avery Bradley is not a good defender because a great offensive player was cookin?
    Oh, okay…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you are trying to discuss something, and use words that have a different meaning then what you meant, then doing what you want to do is impossible. Say what you mean, and nobody will focus on you misusing the English language.

  • LakeShow

    No Bradley is not…
    Payton was super strong man. Like really really strong.
    Your right that he didn’t out muscle him overall, just on a few select plays and he kept Jordan away from the post. I don’t think Jordan scored on Payton on a post move a single time in that game. Not that I can recall. MJ was launching jumpers all game. If Jordan could out muscle him, we wouldn’t know because he didn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jordan shot fadeaway’s from the post anyway. Saying Payton out muscled him is like saying Kidd out muscled LeBron in 2011 because LeBron didn’t post up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Both of them are listed at 6’2″ 180lb’s. and then look at them. Bradley sure looks a lot stronger

  • Dymez

    I said what I meant, then it was misunderstood in a reply, so I clarified what I meant for the benefit of the discussion. Even if I wasn’t clear the first time, I made myself clear right after it. Now, everything that comes after that, is people just digging at the wrong thing — not my problem.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You said strictly. You didn’t mean it. And then argued the meaning of the word. You clarified, but also defended your misuse of the word in the process. In essence you clarified but only to defend yourself. Not for the sake of the conversation, but to avoid just saying you were wrong.

  • LakeShow

    No where is Payton listed as 6’2″…
    He’s easily 6’4″
    They are lying if he is listed as such.

    Payton may not look like much, but he is as strong a PG as there ever was. Don’t let his lack of big pecks and biceps fool you.
    He was very strong.

  • LakeShow

    Although Kidd didn’t out muscle him… Bron should have posted!! haha

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I just love the fact that he wants to play tough defense. Paul George, LeBron, Iggy are all great defenders and they will lock you up when they have to but Bradley just does it naturally. I’m sure Doc doesn’t make him pick up full court most times, he just wants to. It’s refreshing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Basketball-reference lists both of them that. And both of them are 6’4″ in sneakers. Bradley is also a shooting guard. Payton was a very strong point guard. Bradley is a very strong SG. I don’t know if you’ve seen him match up, but he’s pretty close to Dwyane Wade physically.

  • Sérgio

    Bosh got injured in the Indiana series, but returned in game 5 of the Boston series.

  • Dymez

    Lol! I know some of you guys that be on the Internet be dictators and all, but in reality, you can’t tell me what I did or did not mean, or attempted to do. Only I have that control. Now, if I comment and you take it whatever way you take it, that’s fine; if you take it wrong, for the sake of the discussion, I’ll let you know exactly what I meant by it (which I did), and that’s that. Anything after that, if it’s not about the original topic — I’m no child, I can’t stick on minor things — so I just don’t care. Sorry, bro, that’s just reality.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    words have meanings. whether you meant to do something is irrelevant. what you did is what matters in terms of language. it’s spoken. it has meaning. you don’t control what they mean. i don’t control what they mean. that’s why we are able to communicate, because the words have meanings outside of our control.
    .
    you said something you didn’t mean. it’s ok. get over it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ahhh, my bad you are right. that is the second time i have made this mistake.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Harper played point by definition. Although Pippen initiated a heap of the offense during his whole career. But Harper was the point guard. He was the reason they were able to switch. BJ Armstrong and John Paxson before him did not give the team that luxury.

    .

    Phil Jackson did the same thing in LA with Harper, Bryant, and George/Fox. It wasn’t because of Pippen. It was because of Harper.

    .

    Who before he came to Chicago was a top 10 SG.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    That is a lie sir.

    Jordan shot a horrible percentage against Payton the three games he guarded him. Go run the numbers. It was horrible by any standard. He had one good game, but the rest were horrible. Check the game logs. 31.9 percent from the field in the first game, 50 percent in the next game, and 26 percent in the last game. It was the best defense ever played on Jordan. Unfortunately, George Karl didn’t make that switch until they were down 3-0.
    And in the game where he shot 50 percent he needed 22 shots to get 26 points.

  • Dymez

    I control what I mean and I know what I meant. Hence why we have a word in the English language called “clarification,” just in case one doesn’t understand what the other meant, he/she can clear up confusion, solely avoid situations like this. Which doesn’t work with a specific group of people, obviously, because they want to drag out a pointless topic. But, yes, your last 3 words. 3 words I’ve been describing for so long in this back and forth series of comments: Get over it.

  • EP

    Being compared to Pippen = The ultimate defensive compliment

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Nah, this isn’t true.
    The meanings of words are determined by the people who speak them and the people who hear them. The process of communication, at its core, involves encoding-distribution-decoding. Dymez’s message was decoded by everyone based on the standard meaning of the word strictly while he was using some personal definition.

  • LakeShow

    lol,
    this guy…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes that’s fair. Although still, Payton wasn’t on Jordan for the entirety of game 4 (McMillan in his comeback game, and Hawkins in the first quartish were on Jordan). And in game 5 Jordan did shoot 50%.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol exactly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The meaning of words, in group-speak are determined by a group. Typically, the Dictionary is the representative for the group.
    .
    *Scrabble would be a mess without definitions.
    .
    He should have just used the word he meant, instead of making up his own definition. We aren’t arguing over the use of slang. We are arguing over the use of an adjective.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Clarification works two ways. We clarified to you, what your words actually meant. And you clarified, that you improperly used that word. Except, you are STILL defending your own imaginary definition of the word. And if you don’t want us to correct you? again, just use the right word. Or get over it. Or we could keep going? go ahead.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I don’t disagree. What I’m noting is the idea that there are set meanings to words, or that they aren’t fluid is wrong. But, in this case he just misused a catchphrase and didn’t want to admit he was incorrect.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok your right i should clarify, i’m only talking about in this context. where he is in a comment section, conversing with a group of people using the same language. there shouldn’t need to be interpretation of more than an idea.

  • Dymez

    Jesus Christ, you’re still on this? Get over it, buddy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ECHO

  • ATL dynamite

    If he gets himself a consistent jump shot… it will be his time to take off

  • LeroyShonuff

    True but in the triangle a classical “point guard” is not needed. Harper did allow them to switch because of his height (6’6) but make no mistake that it was Pippen who was the engine to that.

    Them Lakers teams and the 1st Bulls 3peat teams was different defensively because they had a Big who could control the paint (Shaq and Bill Cartwright). The 2nd Bulls team would often close games with Harper, Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Kukoc. Not exactly a team that locks down the paint but they was soo successful having Harper, Jordan and especially Pippen (who could guard 1-4 and even some 5′s. The critical block of Ostertag in game 5 of the 98 finals I believe being proof).

    Harper was additional piece but make no mistake without Pippen that team does not go.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Bradley is a point guard he is only listened at SG because of Rondo. And Payton is stronger than Bradley. Payton had what you would call Grown Man Strength. He didn’t need to have puffed up muscles (Corey Maggette) dude would just out muscle you. And yes Payton did give Jordan fits and it was George Karl who lost that series by not switching Payton earlier and ignoring Kemp (who was killing Rodman) by playing Sam Perkins waaayyy too many mins looking for a size advantage.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bradley is a 2. He can play the 1, but he’s a 2.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Why did you say all of this nonsense? The point was about the defense they played and why they were able to play it. I don’t need an explanation of the difference in every team. .
    And no, Pippen didn’t a could guard Centers. A block doesn’t even kind of prove otherwise. Unless you are next going to argue Nate Robinson could guard Yao Ming……

  • LeroyShonuff

    Totally different. Nate got his off an angle Pippen got his off a switch which the bulls did often. He didn’t guard centers often but if he was caught on one it didn’t kill you.

    The explanation shows the difference in styles and reliance on talent which determines scheme. Hence my point

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nobody was talking about the nuances of each team. Just why the Bulls were able to run their pseudo matchup zone on the perimeter (and I just used used the Lakers to illustrate that reason). Again, I don’t know why you said all of this nonsense. I appreciate that you took the time to say all of that but I’m not trying to break all this down, was just trying to stay within the conversation.

  • JL

    unless you’re a big man, then you probably want Bill Russell. Robinson, Mourning and Mutumbo are real good compliments too! Where have all the skilled (offensively) big men who can still play D and rebound gone? Most skilled big men are from Europe, and the defenders and rebounds from the states.

  • JL

    But who’s the PG if they trade Rondo?

  • JL

    Totally. Don’t mess with the Glove. And at 6’4, 180, I don’t think he could outmuscle Jordan all game, but definitely for a few plays. All this talk about past players makes me want to find some games to watch, but then I remember the quality of the video back then (VHS and such). Pretty spoiled but HD or even DVD quality. I think all those Bulls championships were still on VHS.

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