NBA champ Ron Harper reveals how Bulls legend Michael Jordan wouldn’t have as many championships, had it not been for his role players.
Michael Jordan is considered to be the basketball god. He is arguably the greatest basketball player to step foot on the hardwood. The impact and influence Jordan still has, nearly two decades after his retirement is unreal. The famous anecdotes of him being highly competitive is what set him apart from his competition. Seeing his loaded resume, one can figure out why people refer to him as the GOAT.
Perhaps, of all the incredible achievements Mike has conquered, winning two three-peats is definitely the most impressive feat. Many people spend their entire lifetime chasing one ring. Whereas, MJ won 6 championships in an 8-year span. What’s more insane is that the two years he didn’t win the titles, he was busy playing another sport professionally.
However, people have often stated how Jordan was nothing without Scottie Pippin as his wingman. But, according to MJ’s former teammate Ron Harper, it was the entire team who helped him reach those heights. In an interview, Harper gave credits to Michael’s teammates for his success:
“MJ can close out any game. Scottie by his own mind was a great basketball player. Luke was a great player from Australia. We had Toni Kukoc from Croatia who was a great scorer, and you had Steve Kerr who was an excellent shooter. We had a pretty good basketball team there, and it was great to be on that team. MJ is a great player, but without his role-players, he wouldn’t have won as many championships as he had won.”
Michal Jordan led the 1990s Chicago Bulls to be the greatest dynasties of all time
The 1990s era of basketball was completely dominated by Michael Jordan and his Bulls. As portrayed from various anecdotes, opponents used to be afraid to go after His Airness and the Bulls. During this era, the Bulls won six championships and even finished the regular season with the then-best 72-10 record.
People often ignore how deeply talented the team was. Apart from the Hall-Of-Famers – Jordan, Pippin and Rodman, the team had some great players who gave their all night in and night out. Defensively and offensively, the organisation was flawless during this era.
Despite all the altercations and ego clashes the player had off the court, they had the same killer mindset on the court. Today, no one is even close to Jordan’s two three-peats, and what all the Bulls organisation achieved back then.