The majority of the NBA players who played during the ’90s have their own Chicago Bulls stories. One of them is Tim Legler, who played at the guard position in the NBA from 1989 to 2000 and is now working as an ESPN analyst.
Tim was best known as a Washington player, where he stayed for four years (two with the Bullets and two with the renamed Wizards) from 1995 to 1999. Legler was a solid shooter and his best season was 1995-96, when he ranked first in the league three-point percentage. During the 1996 All-Star Weekend, Legler also won the three-point shootout.
Tim was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show, where he talked about the Bulls, and he portrayed them as the best defensive team ever.
“I don’t know the number of games in which I’ve faced them, but my career was from 1990 to 2000, and I was in the Eastern Conference for the good part of it. They’ve won six titles during that time, so I saw more than my share of those guys. One of the most intimidating things you’ve faced as a player is that they were the only team I played against in the NBA that pressed after free throws and got away with it. So when you got Rodman, Pippen, Jordan, and Harper picking you up in the backcourt in a 1-2-1-1 trap with that kind of length, and you got that first pass in the corner, and you turn, and you got Rodman and Pippen running to you, it was like an eclipse. And to this day, that’s the greatest defensive team that I’ve seen to this day”, Legler said.Tim Legler, via The Dan Patrick Show
Phil Jackson compiled a team that played tough defense, and all their opponents had problems with the Bulls’ versatility. Many guys from that squad played hard on the defensive end, but Legler says that the best defender at the Bulls was Scottie Pippen.
“I think Scottie is the best defensive player outside of Bill Russell. Pippen was not only the best individual defender but the best team help defender also. The ground that he covered, his IQ, his communication, instincts, combined with his height and length, he was a nightmare. He was one of a kind”, Tim stated.Tim Legler, via The Dan Patrick Show
Many players have their Jordan stories, and Tim also has one when he pissed of MJ. He says that he’s glad that happened.
“Yes, I did. Jordan gambled defensively. He loved to turn his head to the post and tried to get guys like Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Rasheed Wallace from behind when they make a move to the middle. And so in one game, I remember I got a couple of threes as he turned his head and left me open. So as we get running down the court, Michael says to me, ‘Well, that’s it for you”.Tim Legler, via The Dan Patrick Show