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Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

Posted on: December 20, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm
Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman says that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and himself could beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in a game of 3-on-3. Posted by Ben Golliver

In a wide-ranging interview with Miami radio station WQAM and transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews, former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman argues that he and former teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen could defeat the Miami Heat's big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a game of three-on-three. After first letting the radio audience know that Bill Laimbeer "wasn't a [male private part]" and suggesting that popular television talk show host Oprah Winfrey should retire, Rodman said that an imagined match between the Bulls' core and the Heat's current star-studded lineup would be "no contest. That's not even a question." Rodman's statement should come as no surprise: former NBA players almost uniformly believe they are more talented than their modern-day counterparts, and Rodman has the ultimate ace in hole because he won three NBA titles with the Bulls and the newly-constructed Heat have yet to win anything.   With that said, it's difficult to argue that the Heat would be able to give the Bulls a real money in a three-on-three game. Jordan is clearly the best player out of the bunch, Pippen is the prototype for a LeBron-stopper given his strength, length and quickness, and Rodman would get so far inside Bosh's head the Heat forward might start openly weeping on the pavement. The Bulls would also be able to switch every pick on the perimeter, as Jordan, Pippen and Rodman are all talented, versatile defenders, while the Heat wouldn't have that luxury, as Bosh would have no chance against Pippen, much less Jordan. When you stop to think about it, it's comical that Bosh is even included in these hypothetical conversations concerning NBA Hall of Famers.  The only threesome that could give the Bulls a run for their money would be one with a talented, humongous center in the middle, someone like Shaquille O'Neal or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who could overpower or play above Rodman on the block. You're simply not beating that team on the perimeter, it's impossible. Taking this further, I'm not sure whether James, Wade and Bosh could defeat the Boston Celtic's trio of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett or the Los Angeles Lakers' trio of Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. Boston would have a distinct playmaking and intensity advantage while Los Angeles could match Miami's perimeter versatility and boasts added low-post length and skill in Gasol. Finally, though, there's no shame in not being able to stay with Chicago's legendary group for the Miami Heat. They've got larger, real-life problems anyway, as they look to extend their 12-game winning streak on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks are one of the league's hottest teams, having won nine of their last 10 games. 

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 8:56 am

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'


 I know very well that 3on3 ball is a totally different animal. I actually think Lambier would excel at 3on3 ball. It would let him use less energy and be able to really use his mind games to get under the skin of people who are trapped in a half court setting with him. It would be like watching Phil Hellmuth play B-Ball. Now that I mention it has anyone ever seem those two in the same room? Hmmmmmm

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 2:12 am

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

Yeah Bears Kool Aide I know I left out a bunch, but I was just trying to get the ball rolling. I would also throw in the Spurs of Duncan, Robinson and Parker. There are tons of good trios out there that would make it a fun tourney to watch. If Only we could.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:58 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

The Pistons beat the Bulls 3 straight years actually and were swept the 4th year...... Pippen in Portland?? Are you serious?? You might as well bring Jordan's Washington years into the argument.... Pippen was 8 times 1st team All NBA Defense I think he could hold his own against just about anyone in his prime. 
And just as an FYI the Bull's "big 3" in question were never less than NBA Champions. All they did those 3 years was go 203-43, I don't think we will see that equaled anytime soon.
As for the Miami "Big 3" vs the Bulls "Big 3" the Heat don't hold a candle to the Bulls. You are talking about arguably the best player ever, arguably the best defensive player ever, and Scottie Pippen who was very good on both sides of the ball. Against LBJ the least clutch superstar I have ever watched, Wade a very good player on both sides of the ball, and Bosh who like someone else already said is very good against bad teams but otherwise mediocre. I've got the Bulls every time. 

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:35 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

The Pistons actually beat the Mike & Da' Bulls 4 years straight in the playoffs..., Please believe that Pippen couldn't stop LeBron anymore than he stopped Kobe when Pippen was in Portland!!!

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:15 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

Hands down, Jordan makes that team a definite winner. Did Rodman even have to open his mouth ?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:51 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

The Pistons team would look better with Dumars, Thomas, and Rodman.  Laimbeer was a nice player, but clearly complimentary.  Also, take Barkley off of that Rockets team with The Glide and The Dream.  It would look better with Horry or Kenny Smith.  Also, I think another Big 3 out there that would look nice is C-Webb, Bibby, Divac/Peja (take your pick.)

I know its "in style" to hate the Miami Heat, but to say Pippen could stop Lebron is absolutely ridiculous. Pippen??? Plus Rodman is a non-threat on offense.

Pippen is considered one of the best defensive players OF ALL TIME.  Not during his time, but ALL time.  As far as Rodman being a non-threat on offense, the last I looked, Bosh was pretty much a non-threat on offense also.  Rodman is a slicker rebounder and far better defender than Bosh.  Besides, why would Rodman need to score with the Greatest of All Time playing on his side?

The Pistons Trio come on.  I am a Laker fan and I can't buy that one.  Jordan would dominate Isiah Thomas and Dumars is going to go up against Pippen and get rocked.  Laimbeer and Rodman are about equal type of player but give me a break.

Laimbeer isn't on the same playing field as Rodman.  Rodman WILL get inducted into the basketball HOF and Laimbeer has yet to do so.  BUT, since Rodman played for both the Pistons AND the Bulls during their formative years, I think both teams should get Rodman in this scenario.  Second, obviously you're a Laker fan that doesn't know his history.  It took Jordan and the Bulls 3 years to finally down the Pistons in the playoffs. 

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:35 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

It's hard enough to compare teams that played in different decades; but the trios we envision being best are based on what we've seen of them playing their particular roles in the five-on-five game.  The dynamics of three-on-three are different, and players would have to stretch their roles -- some into areas where they might not excel as

Caveats aside, I don't think I'd argue with the list (and relative ranking) as given by Bigkatz (and later appended by Dustin51).

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:44 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

Sorry for the one HUGE paragraph. For some reason when I am at work the computer formats all of my posts this way even if I skip entire lines.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:42 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

I have lived in Chicago my whole life and had the privledge of being 16 years-old when the Bulls won their first title. I watched just about every Bull's game over a nine year span. It was an amazing time as everyone planned their life around that night's Bull's game-even if it was against the Clippers. People from out of town often ask me which of the title winning Bulls team was the best and I always answer the same way: The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Don't get me wrong, I love those first teams that won in 91,92 and 93. Those teams were so explosive offensively and so fun to watch. It was like a nightly highlight reel. Jordan was in his absolute prime and if someone never saw Jordan play I would recommend going back to those three years to witness how great he was. Those team were so deep and so complete on both ends of the floor that they were almost unbeatable--almost. The 1995-96 team (and the 97 and 98) teams were basically unbeatable. Now obviously they lost some games. However, Jordan was already getting up in age (35) during these years. He had basically become a jump shooter (the best jump shooter in the history of the game-just ask George Karl) and the Bulls were nowhere near the offensive juggernaut that they were for the first three championships. What set that team apart from the others and made them, in my opinion, the best basketball team ever was their defense. That was the only professional basketball team I ever saw that could absolutely shut down ANY team on any given night What I saw that team do defensively was absolutely amazing and something that I don't ever think will be equalled as long as I live. Phil Jackson used to call them the "Dobermans". The starting 5 went 6'6'' (Harper), 6'6'' (Jordan), 6'8'' (Pippen), 6'7'' (Rodman-wingspan of a 7 footer), and 7'2'' (Longley). Besides height, they were all lanky and extremely athletic. Rodman and Jordan both won NBA defensive player of the year awards (Rodman twice) and Pippen (8), Jordan (9) and Rodman (7) were perennial members of the NBA all defensive first team. Plus, Ron Harper was a fantastic defender and at 6'6'' frustrated the heck out of smaller point guards. Luc Longley was a great defender and his size and ability to cover the lane allowed Jordan, Pippen, Harper and Rodman to roam free and be agressive. That team attacked on defense and the ball was always in jeporady. The amount of steals and blocks that team came up with was amazing. Finally, defense and rebounding go hand and hand and this was the best rebounding team I ever saw. Like I said earlier, that team would have some lengthy offensive lapses. However, they never let up on defense. They would go on 15-0 runs while shooting 30% because the other team just couldn't score or rebound. In 1998, this team set the NBA record for fewest points allowed in the finals when they gave up 54 to the Utah Jazz. THE UTAH JAZZ!!! Yeah those Utah Jazz of Stockton, Malone and Hornacek. I remember in game seven of the 1998 eastern conference finals against the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls trailed by 13 mid-way through the fourth quarter and came back to win. They could not buy a basket the whole comeback but they just shut the Pacers down and controlled the boards until they finally won the game. It did not matter who they were playing, where or when. This team could shut down any team at any time. I picked the 1996 team because they were the best offensively of those last three teams since Jordan was youngest. Plus, they won 72 games. You could pick any of those last three title teams though and they would beat anyone. They actually seemed to get better defensively as they got older. That 98 team was ridiculous. 54 points to the Jazz! All this talk of the 90s Bulls makes me want to go home and pop in a few DVD's. Well, I know what I am doing tonight.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:22 pm

Rodman: Bulls' big 3 beats Heat's 'no contest'

What about the Sixers of Malone, Dr J and Mo cheeks
the Hawks of Wilkens, Tree Rollins and Doc Rivers
Pacers Reggie Miller, Chuck Person, and Detlef Schrempf or Rick Smits
Knicks of Ewing Starks and charles smith
Cavs of Harper Daughery and Nance
Sonics of Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Schrempf

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