J.A. Adande defends declaring Scottie Pippen best wingman in NBA history


J.A. Adande caused a stir online after he declared Scottie Pippen the greatest No. 2 option in NBA history on “The Last Dance.” While this may seem like a no-brainer to Bulls fans, apparently many Tweeters disagree with him.

Just look at some of these responses:


No disrespect to C.J. McCollum, since he’s a great player… but c’mon. He and Damian Lillard have only made it to the Western Conference finals once in six tries, so far.

Bringing up Steph Curry? He was only a No. 2 when Kevin Durant was involved, and he won one championship without Durant in 2015.

The shade makes sense though, as the demographics on Twitter skew younger. Fans deal with recency bias too, wanting to crown every new rookie the best since LeBron, every championship team the most dominant, and every dunk the most fire emoji play ever.

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But Adande recently defended his words on Tom Haberstroh’s podcast, “The Habershow.”

“Name me another guy who won six championships as the No. 2 guy,” Adande said on the podcast. “And name me another guy who played the No. 2 role the entire time and understood that and mastered the role.”

But what about Kobe from his time playing with Shaq?

“Yes, Kobe is better than Scottie Pippen,” Adande said. “But Kobe is actually disqualified because the Lakers went three years without winning a playoff series specifically because Kobe wasn’t happy being No. 2. He wanted his crack at No. 1, even if that meant Shaq had to be bounced.”

Good point, good point.

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