Scottie Pippen doesn’t think Warriors’ run makes them a dynasty
Former Chicago Bull and NBA legend Scottie Pippen has made a name for himself as being the over-qualified sidekick to the GOAT Michael Jordan. Unlike other top perimeter defenders (Pippen is arguably the best the league has ever seen) he was also capable of scoring and facilitating, which is a rarity given that defensive specialists are typically contented with being one-dimensional and just spotting up — putting the seven-time All-Star in an elite company despite being a number-two option for much of his career.
But since retiring, the eight-time All-NBA Defensive First Team member is still hard at work putting the clamps, albeit, off the court, that is. Records are meant to be broken, and with the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors besting what many thought was impossible to break — the Bulls’ 72-10 win-loss record set in 1996 — with their historic 73-9 slate, the former Central Arkansas Bear was quick to downplay the feat, citing that his Bulls would have swept the Warriors easily, although he did offer a congratulatory message.
Now, Pippen is back at it again. The six-time NBA champion spoke to Robby Kalland of Dime recently about the Warriors’ status as a dynasty, and he doesn’t think they are or would even qualify as one in his book.
“You say they’re on a dynasty run, but I don’t see it that way. They picked up probably the best player in the game after they won their first championship. I don’t consider that a dynasty run. They went out and got the best player in the game after they won their first championship and after they lost in the Finals defending their first title. I don’t see them as a dynasty, I think bringing Kevin Durant in really changed my respect as to where I rank this team going forward in terms of a dynasty.”
He also went on to expound as to why the addition of Durant hurt their chances to be labeled as a dynasty.
“I thought they were organically built up until they went out and got Durant. And I think that was the change, but I don’t really see Golden State as a dynasty. Dynasties are teams that does things special, does things different. Even in the year that they won 73 games, they lost the title. So I can’t consider that part of their dynasty. That wasn’t a dynasty season. So then they came back the next season and won a title, so I can’t back track and say let’s add last season to it because Kevin Durant wasn’t with them at that time.”