3287Re: pip, rip, shaq
- Feb 26, 2004I'm not suggesting anything of the sort; I was just responding to
the post about where Pippen's "impact" ranked in Sagarin as opposed
to Rosenbaum. Shaq could not provide for Portland the exact
qualities that Pip did (playing point guard, man to man defense on
the perimeter, etc.) but of course he would more than offset that by
providing a dominant post presence.
The Blazers were surely dysfunctional but when Pip was at full speed
they actually were very "functional" (When Pip was healthy and
starting at point guard they went 22-5 over one stretch of the
season, including wins against Minn, Sac, Spurs,
Dall); "dysfunction" returned when Pip injured his left knee and the
team finished 8-10 down the stretch.
>That's kind of my point: many people seem to not believe that he was
> Does this imply that a straight-up trade of Pippen for -- say --
> Shaq would have made the Blazers less successful?
> Or were the Blazers a singularly dysfunctional team, with whom
> Pippen just happened to fill their gaps particularly well?
that "impactful" last year (or during his prime), but Sagarin and
Rosenbaum's numbers suggest otherwise. Regular observers of the
Blazers last year would also acknowlege his "impact."
> Well, I'm not a Pip detractor by any means. Neither do I think
> his 'impact' is that great, at this stage in his career, over a
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