Lately, it seems that you just can’t get away from those pesky Van Gundy brothers. You have Jeff who shows up every couple a nights and tries to entertain us all with his shtick. And now Stan has decided to give Mike Bianchi (more on him later) all the fodder he needs to write one of his ridiculous thoughts.
This entire post boils down to whether or not Scottie Pippen was a superstar. And if you haven’t guessed by now, Stan Van Gundy and Mike Bianchi don’t answer the question the way you would. And if for some reason they do, well, I really don’t know what to tell you.
So I contacted Magic coach Stan Van Gundy yesterday about how Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are proving during the NBA Finals that a one-superstar team can compete with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
I’m so glad I was able to get in touch with SVG because he somewhat validated something I’ve thought for years and years: That Scottie Pippen may not have been a superstar and calling him one of the greatest players of all-time may be a fallacy.
Yes, this was really written.
“I have always wondered, as good as Scottie Pippen was, would he have been considered a star if he hadn’t played with Jordan and had to carry a team on his own,” Van Gundy explained. “We’ll never know, but my point is that sometimes we make the determination after the fact. In other words, after Chicago won championships, we branded Pippen a star.”
Yes, that came out of the mouth of a NBA coach. Not some drunken dude in a bar. A NBA coach.
But don’t you worry. The paid journalist can top that.
To me, Pippen is the Phil Rizzuto of the NBA. Rizzuto, of course, was the shortstop of the dynastic New York Yankees of the 1940s and ’50s that won 10 American League championships and seven World Series. He was good player who was elevated to Hall-of-Fame status because of the teams he played on.
What is the world coming to?