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Marco Polo
12-20-2010, 09:02 PM
http://nba-facts-and-rumors.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/26563058

In a wide-ranging interview with Miami radio station WQAM and transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews (http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2010/12/20/dennis-rodman-on-the-bulls-big-three-squaring-off-with-miamis-big-three-no-contest/), former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman argues that he and former teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen could defeat the Miami Heat (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/teams/page/MIA)'s big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/400537) in a game of three-on-three.

After first letting the radio audience know that Bill Laimbeer "wasn't a [male private part]" and suggesting that popular television talk show host Oprah Winfrey should retire, Rodman said that an imagined match between the Bulls' core and the Heat's current star-studded lineup would be "no contest. That's not even a question."

Rodman's statement should come as no surprise: former NBA players almost uniformly believe they are more talented than their modern-day counterparts, and Rodman has the ultimate ace in hole because he won three NBA titles with the Bulls and the newly-constructed Heat have yet to win anything.

With that said, it's difficult to argue that the Heat would be able to give the Bulls a real money in a three-on-three game. Jordan is clearly the best player out of the bunch, Pippen is the prototype for a LeBron-stopper given his strength, length and quickness, and Rodman would get so far inside Bosh's head the Heat forward might start openly weeping on the pavement. The Bulls would also be able to switch every pick on the perimeter, as Jordan, Pippen and Rodman are all talented, versatile defenders, while the Heat wouldn't have that luxury, as Bosh would have no chance against Pippen, much less Jordan. When you stop to think about it, it's comical that Bosh is even included in these hypothetical conversations concerning NBA Hall of Famers.

The only threesome that could give the Bulls a run for their money would be one with a talented, humongous center in the middle, someone like Shaquille O'Neal (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/6725) or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who could overpower or play above Rodman on the block. You're simply not beating that team on the perimeter, it's impossible.

Taking this further, I'm not sure whether James, Wade and Bosh could defeat the Boston Celtic's trio of Rajon Rondo (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/1113178), Paul Pierce (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/20626) and Kevin Garnett (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/6581) or the Los Angeles Lakers (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/teams/page/LAL)' trio of Kobe Bryant (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/6496), Lamar Odom (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/139087) and Pau Gasol (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/playerpage/240285). Boston would have a distinct playmaking and intensity advantage while Los Angeles could match Miami's perimeter versatility and boasts added low-post length and skill in Gasol.

Finally, though, there's no shame in not being able to stay with Chicago's legendary group for the Miami Heat. They've got larger, real-life problems anyway, as they look to extend their 12-game winning streak on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/teams/page/DAL). The Mavericks are one of the league's hottest teams, having won nine of their last 10 games.

pr_capone
12-20-2010, 09:04 PM
I would agree with the Worm.

Molitoth
12-20-2010, 09:12 PM
Fun article!

notorious
12-20-2010, 09:14 PM
3 reasons to agree.

dirk digler
12-20-2010, 09:15 PM
well duh

JD10367
12-20-2010, 09:16 PM
Well, duh. Jordan was one of the greatest players ever. Pippin was a great wingman. Rodman was great at doing what he did. Miami? They have three jokers who've yet to prove they can do anything. Hell, I'd also put the Original Big Three (Bird, Parish, McHale) above them. And maybe even the Celtics' current version (Pierce, Allen, Garnett), even in their old age (if they were in their prime, even more so).

You can't be a "Big" anything unless and until you actually, I dunno... win something.

JD10367
12-20-2010, 09:17 PM
And Magic, Kareem, and... eh, screw it, they didn't even need a third, really.

pr_capone
12-20-2010, 09:26 PM
And Magic, Kareem, and... eh, screw it, they didn't even need a third, really.

Worthy

teedubya
12-20-2010, 09:31 PM
is he talking 97 Jordan Pippen Rodman or is he talking present day?

WebGem
12-20-2010, 09:39 PM
is he talking 97 Jordan Pippen Rodman or is he talking present day?

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KCBOSS1
12-20-2010, 09:39 PM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

acarter25
12-20-2010, 09:50 PM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

We're talking about arguably one of the best defenders of all time here.

SPATCH
12-20-2010, 10:03 PM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

Most tenacious rebounder of all time. Bar none. It's not even close.

burt
12-20-2010, 10:15 PM
Most tenacious rebounder of all time. Bar none. It's not even close.

True, weather ya like him or not.....

Bewbies
12-20-2010, 10:22 PM
Rodman is right, and it's not close.

Wallcrawler
12-20-2010, 11:24 PM
Rodman is right, and it's not close.


Unless the game is officiated, in which case the Bulls team gets trounced in a 3 on 2 handicap after Rodman is quickly ejected after a couple quick techinical fouls.

CoMoChief
12-21-2010, 12:08 AM
Well no shit it wouldn't be close....though I would have to argue that given LBJ's size, he has somewhat of an advantage should he be able to penetrate to the lane. He's a freak and it's hard to stop someone like that. You'd just have to guard him tight at the top of the key and not give him any room, which Jordan would do.

and Rodman would eat Bosh for breakfast lunch and dinner down low on the boards. Wouldnt be a contest.

Gadzooks
12-21-2010, 12:15 AM
I like me Kareem and my grandmother vs. anybody. Kareem was the man:
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Fruit Ninja
12-21-2010, 12:28 AM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

lol, you posting in this thread is like me posting in a political thread. What we would have in common is either of us wouldnt know what the fuck we were talking about.

Rodman in his prime the weak link? are you fucking kidding me? Dude was a fucking beast. He wasnt a scorer and with Pippen and Jordan he wouldnt need to be AT ALL. He would take Bosh's ass to fucking school.

BigCatDaddy
12-21-2010, 12:46 AM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

I thought Bill Winnington was the 3rd member of the Chicago Big 3.

Von Dumbass
12-21-2010, 01:01 AM
Jordan, Kukoc, and Longley could beat the Heat's big three.

RippedmyFlesh
12-21-2010, 01:06 AM
Not a lakers fan but kareem magic and worthy could give either 3 a run.

BillSelfsTrophycase
12-21-2010, 01:29 AM
Not a lakers fan but kareem magic and worthy could give either 3 a run.


Those 3 would kill the Heat


Lakers big 3 vs Bulls big 3 would be epic

'Hamas' Jenkins
12-21-2010, 01:32 AM
Not a lakers fan but kareem magic and worthy could give either 3 a run.

James Worthy is an incredibly overrated NBA player. He was a really good player, but after the age of 31, he never made an All-Star team again. Incidentally, that just happened to be when Magic stopped playing alongside him.

As far as Rodman's quote:

Jordan is better than LeBron
Pippen is better than Wade
Rodman is better than Bosh.

You couldn't construct three guys who are better physically equipped to defend the Heat's three than Pippen on LeBron, Jordan on Wade, and Rodman on Bosh.

RippedmyFlesh
12-21-2010, 01:57 AM
James Worthy is an incredibly overrated NBA player. He was a really good player, but after the age of 31, he never made an All-Star team again. Incidentally, that just happened to be when Magic stopped playing alongside him.

As far as Rodman's quote:

Jordan is better than LeBron
Pippen is better than Wade
Rodman is better than Bosh.

You couldn't construct three guys who are better physically equipped to defend the Heat's three than Pippen on LeBron, Jordan on Wade, and Rodman on Bosh.

Worthy could finish which is what magic and kareem needed. And there were probably a lot of players at the time who could have fit that role but he was fun to watch in it I liked his style he seemed perfect for show time. Basketball more so than any other sport I can get swayed by style over substance I guess.

Mojo Jojo
12-21-2010, 05:09 AM
Three others that beat the Heat 3...Lakers...Wilt Chamberlaim, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.

Baby Lee
12-21-2010, 05:36 AM
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Groves
12-21-2010, 08:27 AM
Every time I see this thread I think, "Why would Shawn Merriman or Bill Romanowski be playing basketball?"

Count Zarth
12-21-2010, 08:33 AM
What about Mashburn, Jackson and Kidd? THE THREE J'S BABY! JAMAL, JIMMY AND JASON!

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/sportatorium/mavs%20three%20j%27s.jpg

Chiefaholic
12-21-2010, 10:13 AM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

Weak link? Something tells me you didn't watch a lot of Bulls games during his tenure there. Dennis was incredible at rebounding and getting in the heads of the opposition

Brock
12-21-2010, 10:15 AM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

ROFL Wow. Dumb.

chiefzilla1501
12-21-2010, 10:30 AM
I don't think so. Jordan, yes, Pippen, Yes... Rodman the weak link

Whoa... we're talking about weak links and Bosh isn't considered one? The guy doesn't belong in any kind of a conversation. He gets absolutely dominated against big players--not something you want out of a Power Forward.

Rodman was averaging over 15 RBs a game in his prime. That is crazy insane. And he was an outstanding defender. I would much rather that kind of player than Bosh.

By the way, even if we're talking about Jordan/Pippen/Horace Grant, it's still not even close. Hell, Shaq/Kobe/Gasol or Horry. Hell, Shaun Elliot, David Robinson, and Tim Duncan. Arguably Bird/McHale/Parrish. Plenty of threesomes that are better / give those 3 a run for their money.

The difference is that those teams also had depth outside of the big 3.

verbaljitsu
12-21-2010, 10:51 AM
If it was "make-it-take-it," the Heat might not even get the ball.

Deberg_1990
12-21-2010, 11:05 AM
what about Bill Laimbeer, Isaih Thomas and Joe Dumars?

vailpass
12-21-2010, 12:15 PM
As if there was even a question.

'Hamas' Jenkins
12-21-2010, 01:03 PM
What about Mashburn, Jackson and Kidd? THE THREE J'S BABY! JAMAL, JIMMY AND JASON!

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/sportatorium/mavs%20three%20j%27s.jpg

Tony Braxton > 3 J's.

vailpass
12-21-2010, 01:09 PM
Tony Braxton > 3 J's.

Did Mash land in the same spaceship as Cassell?

Sure-Oz
12-22-2010, 07:37 AM
Rodman can take out the big 3 himself