Scottie Pippen: Bulls aren’t ‘built for the playoffs’

Scottie Pippen is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.

Alongside Michael Jordan, he also built one of the most formidable dynamic duos the league has ever seen and led the Chicago Bulls to six championships.

That makes him uniquely qualified to not only assess the Bulls’ current incarnation, but their ceiling as well.

Last summer, Chicago acquired DeMar DeRozan to partner Zach LaVine. Together, they led their team to the East’s best record at one point – before finally coming back down to Earth.

In the playoffs, especially, the team floundered. Pippen doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

“I think (in) the playoffs they kind of fell back into the slot they’ve been in for 10 or 15 years. It’s just not a team built for the playoffs,” Pippen told NBC Sports Chicago. “They’ve had a few injuries this year, but the other teams are still improving.

“Milwaukee is always going to be strong, Miami (Heat). So even (if) the improvements they (the Bulls) are making are drastic improvements, other teams are also making moves. They (the other teams) really don’t give them (the Bulls) a chance to close the gap.

The Bulls have had some drama off the field this summer, but seem to have come out of it stronger.

But can they take the next step in 2022-23, advance through the playoffs and have a legitimate run at the Eastern Conference crown?

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