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Old 07-17-2017, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Should Scottie Pippen have been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999?

It's been well-documented that Scottie Pippen did not get along well with Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley during the lockout shortened 50-game season with Houston in 1998-99. In my honest opinion, Rudy Tomjanovich should've revolved the '98-'99 Rockets around Scottie Pippen as their top star instead of continuing to drag a dead horse by continuing to run with the aging Hakeem/Barkley duo, since Pippen was barely a year out of his prime with back surgery after the 1998 NBA Finals vs. Utah.

It all came to a head when Pippen was not utilized as a swiss army slasher as much as he was miscast as a Robert Horry-style spot-up shooter. That role would be for Glen Rice if Houston actually was able to find and work out a way to get Pippen to the Lakers to take back Rice and bringing back Robert Horry.

The final straw for the Pippen/Barkley/Hakeem supposed superteam (before superteams were even a cool trend to believe in) was the first round of the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. the L.A. Lakers when Pippen never was allowed to score from the paint/perimeter while Olajuwon and Barkley clogged up the paint to the point that Rudy T secretly hates Pippen because Pip ain't accepted as one of Rudy T's very own like Hakeem and Barkley were, even though Barkley himself was not a Rudy T type of player like Hakeem was.

The trade rumor has it that Pippen was supposed to go to the Lakers in exchange for Glen Rice and Robert Horry because Phil Jackson joined the Lakers in 1999 as the head coach, but David Stern nixed it and instead, Pippen got traded to Portland for his anti-Barkley opinions in exchange for a collection of Portland's role players in Brian Shaw, Ed Gray, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, a snakebitten Carlos Rogers and Kelvin Cato.

What if Stern wasn't stubborn enough to the point of allowing Pippen to be traded to the Lakers in 1999? Who knows if the Lakers would be a Dream Team of starters with Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O'Neal leading the way. That would've enticed Michael Jordan to come out of retirement, as a Laker, then add the aging-but-still-effective Dennis Rodman, and you have a Dream Team of two 1980s stars, two 1990s stars and one 2000s star in the starting lineup.
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Old 07-22-2017, 11:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Should Scottie Pippen have been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999?

Good in theory, but I doubt Jordan comes out of retirement to join the Lakers. Plus Rodman was even more of a headcase in 1999 and he wouldn't have lasted longer than he did regardless... But it's interesting to think about, anyway.
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