It’s fine to be flexible with the word “role”.
But does not the main scorer fill the scoring role?
And Pippen was the best all-around player on the Bulls, and the second best individual player next to Jordan.
I truly believe a lot of people were just too focused on Jordan to see everything Pippen did.
I watched both of them.
I studied those teams, and rooted for the guys coming off the bench too.
For example, I loved how Bill Wennington would come off the bench and make his first shot almost every time. He was reliable in that aspect.
Point is… I watched everything both Jordan and Pippen did.
Jordan was obviously on a other level from everyone – even Magic admitted it.
But Pippen was a highlight reel player himself.
And all the “dirty work” he did, was not unnoticed.
Dude was drawing charges from Shaq and Karl Malone!
Hell… Pippen was competing with Jordan for finals 98 Finals MVP, before he hurt his back again.
Then he was on the sideline puking in a bucket between plays, and coming out to make great defensive stops and offensive plays.
Can you imagine Lebron toughing it out like that??
It’s amazing to me they didn’t shed light on Pippen’s tough-as-nails 98 finals performance on The Last Dance.
I was looking forward to the footage – and couldn’t believe they didn’t talk about that!
Maybe Pippen isn’t “great” in your eyes in terms of alltime best scorers.
But his can you say he wasn’t a great player?
IMO, Pippen is one if the most important, valuable, and impactful players in NBA history.
He and Jordan dominated one if the best basketball decades ever – together!
There is a reason they called him the Indispensable Lynchpin.