Scottie Pippen is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
Along with Michael Jordan, he also forged one of the most formidable dynamic duos the league has ever seen and led the Chicago Bulls to six championships.
That leaves him uniquely qualified not only to judge the current incarnation of the Bulls, but also their ceiling.
Last summer, Chicago bought DeMar DeRozan to pair with Zach LaVine. Together, they led their team to the best record in the East at one point – before returning to Earth.
In particular, in the knockout round, the whole team played poorly. Pippen doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
“I think (during) the post-season they fell back to where they were in the last 10 or 15 years. They’re just not a team built for post-season,” said Pippen NBC Sports Chicago. “They have had some injuries this year, but other teams are continuing to improve.
“Milwaukee will still be strong, Miami (Heat). So even if (if) the improvements they (Bulls) are making are dramatic improvements, other teams are also making moves. They (other teams) really didn’t give them (Bulls) a chance to close the gap.”
Bulls have been through some out-of-court drama This summer, but seems to have come off the other side of it stronger.
But can they take the next step in 2022-23, advance to the knockout stages and legitimately win the Eastern Conference crown?