When it comes to NBA dynasties, Scottie Pippen knows more than most.
The Hall Of Fame small forward was an integral part of all six of the Chicago Bulls' titles, playing Robin to Michael Jordan's Batman. Without Pippen, it can be argued that MJ wouldn't have as many rings as he does today.
In terms of the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors are the closest thing we have right now to a dynasty. The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, as well as the addition of Kevin Durant later on, have been to three straight NBA Finals, winning two of them, and it doesn't look as though they're slowing down anytime soon.
But according to Scottie Pippen, the Warriors are nothing close to a dynasty, and it's all because of Kevin Durant.
“You say they’re on a dynasty run, but I don’t see it that way,” Pippen told Dime. “They picked up probably the best player in the game after they won their first championship. I don’t consider that a dynasty run. They went out and got the best player in the game after they won their first championship and after they lost in the Finals defending their first title. I don’t see them as a dynasty, I think bringing Kevin Durant in really changed my respect as to where I rank this team going forward in terms of a dynasty.”
Pippen expounded on his argument, believing that adding Durant after losing the Finals in 2016 is what sets this apart – at least until they win a few more with KD.
“I thought they were organically built up until they went out and got Durant,” Pippen says. “And I think that was the change, but I don’t really see Golden State as a dynasty. Dynasties are teams that does things special, does things different. Even in the year that they won 73 games, they lost the title. So I can’t consider that part of their dynasty. That wasn’t a dynasty season. So then they came back the next season and won a title, so I can’t back track and say let’s add last season to it because Kevin Durant wasn’t with them at that time.”
As you can tell, Pip isn't a fan of calling the Dubs a dynasty and comparing them to his Bulls.