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.

Comments (5)

  1. Can we please, as a nation stop using Kwame Brown as an example of Michael Jordans scouting and managing prowess.

    Every. Single. GM. in the league was going to take Kwame Brown. Thats all there is to it. Why hold Michael soley responsible for something that every other person in his shoes would have done? It just happened that he had the number one pick.

    He has plenty of faults in the owner/operator category, can we please scratch Kwame off that list.

  2. Also, I think TT is on the block. It was a bad idea to extend TT. It’s not a bad idea to draft byimbo in the world’s worst draft. Really is Bizmack a worse pick than Tristan thomas? Cause i’m not too high on most of the guys drafted before Bizmack, and I’m not high on guys that are behind bizmack either. In a crappy draft, draft with talent. Don’t draft with an eye to how these players fit next to your other crappy players.

  3. I thought the Bobcats had a very decent draft, although they already have a PG and I’m pretty sure Kemba was expected to be a starter soon enough. We’ll see how this turns out.

    I was very impressed with Walker’s talent last season, as well as a few other players, I don’t see how anyone can say it’s a weak draft yet when those boys haven’t played a game yet. Let’s wait 4 or 5 years to get a better look at what these players are capable of.

  4. All that space to say Michael Jordan doesn’t know how to evaluate talent? Looking forward to your post about how elephants are really big and Drake is the worst rapper alive.

  5. Sorry, that was lame and I shouldn’t have said it. You’re just doing your job. But really … the only thing new about this post is that Scottie Pippen is trashing MJ again – this time with a cliche.

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