FreeThrowLine wrote:Jackson was the master of mind games, he knew what he was doing when he said this and it's obvious even he didn't believe it.
Pippen was a better rebounder due to his length and depending on matchups a better defender, but Jordan was better at everything else including playmaking. It's ridiculous that people would throw in playmaking as if Pippen was this great playmaker. Jordan was easily the better playmaker and not that average assists are the determining factor because there's context but MJ averaged more and he didn't have the benefit of passing to himself.
Anyone that watched them play without bias knows MJ was a better playmaker, this notion that Pippen was anything special in that regard is just another in a long list of certain desperate fans looking for anything to prop up their hero by trying to make us not notice the help he's getting, too obvious guys
Or we could switch it around and say desperate MJ fans love to denigrate a guy in Scottie who was top 5 in the league in his prime. And his own coach called him the best all around player in the NBA...but it was all mind games and he didn't mean it, sure. When Scottie was top 3 in MVP voting in 94 was that mind games by the voters too?