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"I never understood why a team 72-10...would have only two All-Stars"-Toni Kukoc subtly fumed over not earning an All-Star

The "Croatian Sensation" feels he should've been an All-Star when the Bulls were on the top of the world.
Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc

Toni Kukoc

Undeniably, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were the core of the 90s Chicago Bulls. For obvious reasons, many consider Dennis Rodman as the third star of the then-vaunted dynasty, but for Toni Kukoc, his stint with the Bulls presented a strong case for being the next best player after MJ and Scottie.

Baffled but not bothered?

Kukoc played his best season in the NBA after the 90s Bulls' fallout in 1998. The following season, he averaged All-Star-like numbers: 18.8 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game. Indeed, a trip to the All-Star game that year would've been fitting, but for the "Croatian Sensation," he should've been given that accolade when the Bulls were on the top of the world.

Unfortunately, Kukoc neither got an All-Star nod in Chicago's 72-10 season nor his best season in 1999. Unsurprisingly, the European NBA legend is still baffled by it to this day.

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"I don't want to say it bothered me, but I never understood why a team 72-10 and was as dominant as we were would have only two All-Stars," Kukoc told NBA.com in 2017. "But other teams like Seattle had three All-Stars; Lakers had four All-Stars."

Toni should be in the conversation too

Despite not playing a single All-Star game in the NBA, Kukoc was inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Needless to say, it was a well-deserved feat for the next-best option on arguably the greatest basketball team in history who could drain clutch shots besides Jordan.

However, Kukoc admittedly feels, "maybe in a way," he is being overlooked whenever people talk about the greatest players of all time. The way Kukoc sees it, he did enough to earn his place in the realm of greatness, but for some reason, his name is never mentioned in the conversation.

"Considering later on at the end of my career some players who have played the All-Star games who came from Europe as well, I thought I was a better player," Kukoc pointed out. "I thought those three years when we won championships, I really was good enough to play in the All-Star game. I felt I deserved to be in the top whatever that would be, the top 20-some players in the league. Really felt that comfortable and confident on the basketball court."

All-Star or not, and regardless of how people slice it, Kukoc is not losing sleep at night since he knows that he was one of the best ever to do it.

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