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Scottie Pippen Says Bulls Aren’t Built For The Playoffs

While Pippen has made some controversial comments on the organization in recent years, this one is spot on.

Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls Giannis Comments
Photo: ESPN

The Chicago Bulls have had numerous legends suit up in the black and red, especially in the 1990s. Outside of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen is the most well-known name.

Pippen joined Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago for a recent episode of the Bulls Talk podcast. When asked about the current Bulls outlook, he wasn’t overly optimistic.

“Until you’re able to find an answer for Giannis, I think the Bulls will be a team that will be in the middle of the road,” Pippen said.

While Scottie Pippen has made some controversial comments on the organization in recent years, this one is spot on.

The Bulls are a team built to get into the playoffs, but they don’t have the necessary makeup to compete with the upper-tier NBA contenders. Even if the Bulls were able to win a playoff round or two, they would still have to face the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and other imposing star players. With Giannis in the division, it only makes it harder for the Bulls to get ahead.

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During the 2021-22 campaign, the Chicago Bulls went 0-4 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the regular season and had a quick 4-1 exit in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Yes, the Bulls were injury-depleted for a few of those matchups, but even at full strength, Antetokounmpo dominated against Chicago. He had no problem getting to the rim or facilitating even when he was getting double- and sometimes triple-teamed.

The Bulls’ best defenders, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso, are most effective against guards. The remainder of the lineup is too undersized or immobile to guard Antetokounmpo. The only player on the roster with a formidable chance to take on Giannis is forward Patrick Williams.

Patrick Williams Giannis Antetokounmpo Chicago Bulls Milwaukee Bucks
Photo: Morry Gash/AP

The former fourth-overall pick has the traits to grow into a “Giannis stopper,” but he hasn’t shown the consistency and confidence to do so to this point. That’s why the 2022-23 season will be integral for his development.

If he steps up to the challenge, the Bulls should ride him out. If not, the outlook is pretty bleak. There are very few players in the league that can slow down Antetokounmpo let alone stop him. And those players would come at a very high salary that the Bulls currently can’t afford.

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