Bosh gets hurt and the forums say everyone on the team is a bum, trade-em, buy them out - ???
A collective panic mode for a team that is still in the playoffs and will be better next season if all the same players return!!!
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Apollo, isn't the reason why Bosh is quitting on the raptors because everyone else is a bum. If just one of the starters was producing at both ends of the floor this team wouldn't be so inconsistent.
I think he still believes he A-1 material and uses the rest of the players to blame as scapegoats instead of looking in the mirror and realizing he doesn't have the tools to be in Lebron and Wades class.
I think he would consider it copping out to ride someones else's coat tails to a championship, but that's just me.
brothersteve, how does this team improve next year with the same roster? Weems, Amir and Derozan have the ability to grow, but not the way this team is built. Instead there are likely to develop bad habits that will hamper thier development as players.
How would he be riding someone else's coattail by playing with Kobe in L.A. or James in Cleveland? Did Pippen ride Jordan's coattail? I don't remember it going down like that or anyone referring to Pippen in that light. What I do remember is Jordan and the Bulls being a post season failure until Pippen showed up.
haha, then I guess we will have to agree to disagree.
I would say most definitely that Pippen rode Jordans coat tails, just as Kobe rode Shaqs. I thought everybody saw it that way, sure Jordan couldn't win without Pippen, but it was Jordan's team and he got all the accolades. Pippen's mentality was better suited towards being a number two and I think Bosh's is as well, he just has yet to realize it.
The paradox is that Bosh wants to be the main man on his team, but also have that team be contending for a championship. I don't think it is possible for a team to win a ring when Bosh is your best player. Sure, if you surround if with four all stars it might work, but that's not realistic.
Bleacher ReportMany criticize Pippen because he failed to win any titles without Jordan, but how many titles did Jordan win without Pippen? Zero.
Bleacher reportPippen played 12 years with the Bulls during the "Jordan Era" and, for the most part, two of those years were spent without Jordan.
During those two years without Jordan, Pippen put up huge numbers. He averaged 22 and 21.4 points while grabbing 8.7 and 8.1 rebounds, dishing out 5.6 and 5.3 assists, and averaged 2.9 steals both seasons—and these were his per game stats.
His best season was probably during the second championship when he averaged 21 points, seven assists, and 7.7 boards per game. These numbers might not seem that great given that it is basically what LeBron has been putting up, but almost 20 years ago, these were huge.
20 Second TimeoutConsidering his impressive career, he receives a shocking amount of derision and disrespect.
It is interesting and revealing that teammates, opponents and coaches consistently praise Pippen. Phil Jackson, his coach with the six-time champion Chicago Bulls, declares, "Scottie was our team leader. He was the guy that directed our offense, and he was the guy that took on a lot of big challenges defensively…the year that Michael retired, Scottie I think was the most valuable player in the league." Former teammate and current Bulls coach Bill Cartwright flatly states that Pippen "was as much a part of winning the championships as MJ. I don't think it would have gotten done without him."
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