Remember when Scottie Pippen said LeBron James may be the greatest player to have ever played the game and that Michael Jordan was just a great scorer and we all laughed? It was a month ago, so I hope you remember. Anyways, long story short, Scottie Pippen was wrong about Michael Jordan that time.
This time, not so much. From the New York Daily News:
Michael Jordan wound up with Congo forward Bismack Biyombo, a potential Ben Wallace clone, and UConn’s undersized point guard Kemba Walker in the first round, giving Scottie Pippen more ammo to unload on his old teammate. Pippen doesn’t think much of Jordan’s ability to evaluate talent and makes no secret about it. After this latest draft, Pippen told pals, “He doesn’t have a clue.”
I am not exactly sure why Scottie Pippen is on the Michael Jordan hunt, but at least he got the thrust of his argument right this time. Michael Jordan, the bro who drafted Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison, is not the best talent evaluator in the world. To be fair, when you are looking down at players from atop the mountain, they all look the same size.
Also to be fair, it’s pretty early to declare Jordan’s 2011 draft picks busts, considering they have played a combined zero NBA games. And, to be even more fair, the Bobcats did get two guys who were highly rated before the draft, so at least Jordan didn’t pick anyone who everybody thought was going to flop. In Michael Jordan’s world, drafting guys that no one knows how they will perform in the NBA is considered progress.
That’s Scottie Pippen’s point. Jordan has a history of bizarre personnel moves, so it’s only natural to assume that picking a tiny guard when you already have D.J. Augustin and an athletic center with no offensive skills when you already have Tyrus Thomas and Desagana Diop is going to be a bad idea. He’s the anti-Sam Presti, where you give him the exact opposite of the benefit of the doubt.
So congratulations to Scottie Pippen for finally getting something right, even though I worry that it’ll cost him his friendship with Michael Jordan. The guy doesn’t take too kindly to insults.