When you reminisce about the 90s' Bulls and their six championships, you rarely think of them as a team and immediately remember Michael Jordan. Although MJ was the unquestioned star and leader of those teams, earning every compliment he had ever earned, Michael still didn't win by himself. After all, basketball is a team game. And former NBA player Jason Williams made sure to remind us of that.
No I in team
Jason Williams, also known as "White Chocolate," is not a player that had numerous individual or team successes, but he is still remembered to his day for being one of the flashiest point guards ever. The sweet handle, passing ability, and brave nature made Williams an instant fan favorite since day 1. From the elbow pass to various crossovers, Jason's highlight reel is one of the most fun mixtapes you will ever see. Especially for a guy that never even made an All-Star team.
In a recent interview, Williams talked about Michael Jordan and sneaked in a diss, saying he wouldn't have won six championships without his team behind him, and most specifically Scottie Pippen:
"I just look at you as a player, like you know I look at you Shaq, I watch your highlights, you can freaking hoop. I mean, I don't really look at championships' rings like that. Because Jordan don't get those rings without Pippen and Pippen don't get the rings without Jordan… It takes a team."
Jason Williams, The Players Choice
Although a lot of Jordan fans might get on Williams for this take, he has a point. Michael was amazing and unquestionably the biggest reason those Bulls teams were so great. But it is a team sport that is more than just scoring.
Scottie Pippen is the biggest name behind MJ, as his all-around ability on both sides of the floor played a major part for the Bulls. Even Michael himself admitted numerous times he needed Scottie, and that is why Pippen deserves far more respect, despite his recent media outbursts and controversial statements.
Aside from Pippen, having enforcers like Rodman, Grant, Cartwright, and Longley, or sharpshooters that can be trusted in the biggest moments like Steve Kerr or John Paxson, alongside the perfect complementary players like Toni Kukoc or Ron Harper, all played huge roles in their six championships. So, although MJ was the man, having that kind of support definitely helped out.
Williams has already had a few controversial takes regarding Michael, saying he would have struggled in today's game or claiming LeBron is above him, so many may assume Williams simply said that because he isn't the biggest fan of #23.