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Old 08-14-2015, 01:43 PM
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Originally Posted by Roman77 View Post
The key to effectively attacking a zone is to have a good jumpshot, for one thing. Prime Jordan was an excellent mid-range shooter, so I don't see where he'd have issues with a zone. Plus, there's an excellent youtube video showcasing how Jordan did in fact face zones, even though they were 'illegal'. The best defensive teams were simply smart in the way they executed it.
I doubt a zone defense would keep the Bulls from winning any championships. However, I do think it would have dampened Jordan's output and FG% during his early years in the NBA.
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:18 PM
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Originally Posted by Mathguy View Post
Good point....and the ridiculous notion of having so much talent that Toni Kukoc is your 6th man.

I know that people hated the Bulls management and don't want to give them any credit but after they got Jordan.....

They made major manuevers in the draft to get both Pippen and Grant.

They got Toni Kukoc for a worthless draft pick because the other teams weren't smart enough to draft European. (Reminds me of the way the Celtics poached Bird)

Rodman for Will Purdue.

Ron Harper, Kerr they got for nothing.

They didn't just arm Jordan with the help to win a few championships....they built a powerhouse.
Quoth Jerry Krause: "organizations win championships."

PRO BASKETBALL - Putting the Bulls Behind Him - NYTimes.com

As great as Jordan was individually, it was the organization headed by Krause that won the six titles. He came up with one big man after another from Cartwright to Scott Williams to Wennington to Longley. He traded Polynice for Pippen. He drafted Kukoc, @ around 23 (IIRC) and BJ Armstrong at #18 in the 1989 draft. He brought in Rodman, which eventuated in the 72 win season.

Jordan was the featured soloist, but Jerry Krause was the conductor.
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