The problem with interviewing someone

This is totally wrong:

By signing the 29-year-old Artest on July 8 to a $33 million contract over five years, the Lakers got more than a bargain. They have provided Bryant with a more aggressive Scottie Pippen: a 6’7″, 260-pound stopper who can shoot the three as well as dominate in the post.

Why is Scottie Pippen so underrated?


15 Responses to “The problem with interviewing someone”

  1. zachary Says:

    a m ore aggressive scottie pippen????????????????????? career numbers rounded: 18 8 5 2 1. one of the 50 greates players and infinitly more versatile than ron artest ever was and 2 gold medals as well.

    i loved scottie pippen as a child. ill admit it. i have his jerset still.

    why does scottie get shit on? cause he played with jordan? without pippen there were no 6 championships.

  2. York Roberts Says:

    Bill Simmons gave a more realistic take on the Artest acquisition earlier today. Though I would have to say that he might be overvaluing Ariza in doing so.

    Additionally, please have a look at Pippen’s numbers the two years MJ was wasting time:

    Obviously his Assists went down, but his rebounds went up. Like significantly. As did his points and 3 point shooting percentage.

    They finished 55-27 with just Pippen in 93-94. That guy was no slouch. If you take LeBron off the Cavs, even with Shaq, I don’t think they win 55 games. And I’m not sure who becoems their lead scorer or go to guy for all around play….

  3. Pat Says:

    I don’t think Pippen is one of the 50 greatest player’s of all time. I don’t really care about his #’s, i watched those teams play a lot of basketball and Pippen just wasn’t a superstar. he scored points in a sort of role that the nba see’s in a dime a dozen type players. He was a great 2nd fiddle, that’s it.

    Also, Zach, for all the shit you give everyone about their lack of support for detroit, (for example if anyone claims Lebron is good) you fly off the handle…you mean to tell me you had a f’ing scottie pippen chicago bulls jersey? That’s a mortal sin, MORTAL!

  4. zachary Says:

    yea. and grant hill.

    also what are you talking about my lack of support for detroit regarding lebron? you should do more critical thinking during the day becuase clearly you have mental issues. my issue with lebron is that i dont think hes better than mj. and he s got no rings. give me kobe. hes got some hardware. and id take a trade for lebron to the stones all day every day. witness.

  5. indeedindeed Says:

    pat, did you watch the season when jordan was gone? pippen was easily a top five player in the league that year. probably one of the top three defensive players of the decade, could easily guard one to four. had that one stupid play that he’ll always be remembered for.

  6. indeedindeed Says:

    anyway, i think we can disagree about exactly how good pip was and still agree that artest is nowhere near scottie pippen.

  7. Pat Says:

    Yeah i agree that artest isn’t as good as pippen, but calling pippen underrated bothers me. I think he’s OVERrated. top 50 all time? cmon.

  8. indeedindeed Says:

    the year jordan was gone, he was third in the MVP voting. why wouldn’t he have been that good without him every year? sometime like 9 time all defense team.

  9. York Roberts Says:

    Pat just got served.

  10. Pat Says:

    third in the MVP voting makes him one of the 50 greatest of all time? cmon. that’s ludicrous.

    Plus, arguing about how great his #’s were in one season when he wasn’t playing with Jordan is like saying Grant Hill is one of the top 10 players of all-time. Look at the #’s he would have put up if he didn’t get hurt! That’s a dumb argument. The fact is, he played with MJ and he was a 2nd fiddle his whole career. To make a decent comparison, i think he’s slightly worse than Paul Pierce. That’s a good Pippen comparison.

    A good player, but plain and simply not one of the top 50 greatest players of all time.

  11. indeedindeed Says:

    So… being second fiddle to the greatest player of all-time disqualifies you from being a great player? Mark Messier wasn’t a great player because Gretzky was better than him on the those great 80s Oilers teams? Who wasn’t the great player on the Jazz, Stockton and Malone?

    The thing with Pippen is that we don’t know exactly how good he could have been because he was constantly overshadowed (by the best player in the history of basketball.) But the one season he really had the shot to be THE guy, he was awesome. And the rest of the time he was a top five defender in the league and a top two or three small forward. While winning six rings.

  12. Tyler Says:

    agree with pat. for sure. i could spend 10 minutes and come up with 50 players that were better than him.

  13. zachary Says:

    can you as of when that list came out? cause now, kobe might take someones spot. perhaps pippens, t duncan might also.

    but jerrys last post is the most valid argument yet. being second fiddle is no argument against someone.

  14. indeedindeed Says:

    it was the 50th anniversary of the league, sometime in the 90s. I have the coffee table book at home somewhere.

  15. Kenny Says:

    I don’t know if Pat was really trying to say that just because he wasn’t the best player on his team should disqualify pippen, only that it’s hard to accurately quantify how good Pippen was when he always had Jordan as the lead player on his team, who the opposition had to literally focus on defending 100 percent of the time.

    The list:
    I mean James Worthy is also on the top 50 team and he was the third best player on his team at times behind Kareem and Magic. Mchale and Robert Parish are both on the list too. So maybe the people who selected it were a little biased to guys who played on the great teams in the NBA’s history , but I don’t know.

    My first inclination was to agree more with Pat and Tyler, but to be honest I don’t know if I can come up with a whole lot of snubs that would take pippen’s place. Dumars didn’t make the team despite having a similar resume in terms of awards, multiple all defensive teams, quite a few all star games, a finals MVP. That could be one. I never saw bob Mcadoo, but he comes to mind because of the famous battle he had while trying to win a scoring title, and I think won an MVP.

    And I think it’s hard for us to judge when we would have only been 12 when they released the team. We had seen a very limited number of the players. I mean Pat compares him to Paul Pierce who wasn’t even in the league yet. Players that might bump Pippen from our generation of bball watching: Kobe, Duncan, Garnett, Iverson (some argued for him at the time but he was really young), Lebron (maybe not yet?), Jason Kidd, Chris Webber (Bill Simmons has written a lot about how borderline great Webber’s career was/ could have been).

    So yea if they do a new top 50, Pippen might not make the cut anymore, but at the time I’m not sure how many guys got snubbed that were more deserving than him

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