‘Wouldn’t Have Won’- Former Bulls Guard Heralds The Importance of Role-Players in Michael Jordan’s Championship Successs

Published 04/24/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan during Michael Jordan Hosts 2005 Jordan Classic Dinner – April 14, 2005 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


Michael Jordan has one of the best trophy cases in NBA history. Not only does he have more individual accolades than most NBA players, but he also has a perfect 6-0 record in the Finals to further boost his status. But basketball is a team sport and Jordan couldn’t have won those titles on his own.

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While Scottie Pippen gets his credit, there was a deep team around Jordan for both his three-peats. One of those teammates was guard Ron Harper, who had a close relationship with MJ. However, even he wants the credit to be passed amongst the teammates and not just be monopolized by Jordan and his legacy.

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“MJ can close out any game. Scottie by his own mind was a great basketball player. Luke was a great player from Australia. We had Toni Kukoc from Croatia who was a great scorer, and you had Steve Kerr who was an excellent shooter. We had a pretty good basketball team there, and it was great to be on that team. MJ is a great player, but without his role-players, he wouldn’t have won as many championships as he had won.”

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Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players of all time because of everything he can do on the court. There is not one aspect of Jordan’s game that was incomplete, and he held his teammates to similar standards.

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Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan playing against New York Knick # 20 Rolando Blackman at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

We saw in ‘The Last Dance’ that Jordan set a high tone of performance in practice, which all teammates were expected to follow. When the general on the court is demanding so much, players naturally would rise to a greater level. They all saw Jordan not only demand excellence from them, but saw Jordan deliver excellence on his own. That definitely served to motivate his teammates.

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At the end of the day, Jordan deserves a lot of credit for those wins. However, he doesn’t deserve sole credit. His teammates carried him just as much as they carried him, and that is what made the Bulls teams from the 90s some of the greatest teams in NBA history.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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