Scottie Pippen is making headlines with his recently-released memoir, “Unguarded.”
The Hall of Famer has been in the news for comments about his seemingly strained relationship with Michael Jordan but make no mistake, he understands just how good of a pairing the two were on the court. In an excerpt from the book, Pippen placed the Bulls dynasty above dynasties of recent years, most notably the Warriors teams that featured Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
“I’ll stack our roster against the Warriors any day — especially our second three-peat teams.” Pippen penned in his memoir.
To further emphasize his point, Pippen went through the matchups, taking Dennis Rodman over Draymond Green, Luc Longley over both Andrew Bogut and JaVale McGee and Michael Jordan over Klay Thompson, leaving just the small forward and point guard positions.
“Me or Kevin Durant at small forward?” Pippen continued. “You could go either way.”
Both members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, it’s no secret that both Pippen and Durant are two of the greatest small forwards in the history of the game, but whether or not a matchup between the two of them would be a toss up is sure to be a topic of debate very soon.
Over the summer, Pippen and Durant became briefly engaged in a war of words, with Durant taking to Twitter to call Pippen out for things learned during “The Last Dance” documentary.
Pippen did concede that “the only matchup clearly in Golden State’s favor would be Steph Curry over Ron Harper at point guard,” but followed that point by adding that Toni Kukoc would be the most skilled bench player in the hypothetical series, which he added the Bulls would win in six games.
During their second three-peat, the Bulls compiled a 203-43 regular-season record, with Jordan winning league MVP twice and Finals MVP in each of the three championships. During the three years of the Durant era in The Bay, Golden State compiled a 182-64 regular-season record and won two titles, with Durant taking home Finals MVP each time.
Does that answer who would win a seven-game series? Probably not, but there’s always the option to simulate the matchup on NBA 2K.