Trying again practically 20 years in the past, it has been effectively documented that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen focused Toni Kukoc when the Dream Group confronted Croatia within the 1992 Olympics.
They held Kukoc to solely 4 factors.
“You ever watch a lion or a leopard or a cheetah pouncing on their prey?” Karl Malone said in 2012 via GQ’s Oral History of the Dream Team. “We needed to get Michael and Scottie out of the locker room as a result of they have been rattling close to pulling straws to see who guarded him. Kukoc had no thought.”
Ultimately Kukoc made it to Chicago and helped Jordan, Pippen and the Bulls win three-straight NBA championships.
On Saturday night time, Kukoc included in his Corridor of Fame speech some honest gratitude for Jordan and Pippen.
“I want to thank Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for kicking my butt in the course of the Olympics in Barcelona, after which motivating me to work even tougher to grow to be an vital a part of the Chicago Bulls.”
“I want to thank this gentleman right here… for kicking my butt on the Olympics in Barcelona.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 12, 2021
Kukoc additionally thanked Bulls governor, Jerry Reinsdorf and particularly Jerry Krause for “insisting on bringing me to the Bulls and believing in me as a participant when it was unusual for non-American gamers to play within the NBA.”
He now joins Jordan, Pippen, Krause, Reinsdorf, Phil Jackson, Tex Winter and Dennis Rodman from that second three peat group from the 90’s Bulls dynasty.