Forget how. I don't want to go into details. But, that Magic (and many other basketball historians and players) has already conceded the 72 win 95-96 Bulls team as the single season greatest team ever is enough for me.
Coop? Coop?! I see Julius dunking on his head all the time in his greatest highlights reels. He suffers no different a fate with Jordan and Pippen. There's also a prominent poster of Michael dunking with Coop in the background smiling and admiring his Airness, because he couldn't contain him.
Also, I digress.....a lot of people keep forgetting: The Bulls' centers have NEVER gaurded ANYONE. They just blugeoned your center to death, IF he was a superstar rendering him slowly more and more ineffective as a series went on. Kareem has less muscle on him too than Patrick or Shaq EVER have. He would never stand up. Crap, if Larry could get into Kareem's head about an accidental facial slap that is a prominent highlight of the Celtics/Lakers matchups, Kareem is going to cry when Rodman makes fun of his goggles.
Kareem is not the one the Bulls would be scared of either. It would merely be keeping Worthy's points to a minimum, which the Bulls are most certainly capable of. Magic will have to get his 12 assists elsewhere to other Lakers, but at what efficiency? There's only so many possessions a team has in a game. These points wouldn't come the easy streaking Worthy layups and dunks like you see all the time when they show "Showtime" highlights. Rambis, Coop, McAdoo and others would seriously have to step up, and none are what I would call offensive juggeranuts.
Finally, the Bulls championship teams are among the greatest of halfcourt and transition defenses ever. Let's also not forget that Showtime could barely keep up with a slow white Celtics team. And I'm white! Bulls RUN and/or physically and mentally TOY them off the floor in 5 or 6 games.
1. Magic Johnson
2. Byron Scott
3. James Worthy
4. A.C. Green
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1. BJ Armstrong
2. Michael Jordan
3. Scottie Pippen
4. Dennis Rodman
5. Horace Grant
Both great teams. Rodman is a BEAST on defense but is not specail on offense. Jordan is unstoppable and Scottie should be contained(Michael Cooper). Magic will be unstoppable, he's too big for any guard on this team. Every time Kareem touches the ball it is a guarunteed point.
Did you guys forget when Scottie was forced to guard Magic, because Mikey was in foul troube (IN THE NBA FINALS)? Magic was stifled beyond his wildest imagination. And the Bulls team listed above is not the 95-96 Bulls. Horace and Dennis were never on the same Bulls team.