Pippen tells Miami: Keep Big 3 healthy to start dynasty
MANILA, Philippines – Former basketball superstar Scottie Pippen advised Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to keep his key players healthy if he wants to start a National Basketball Association (NBA) dynasty.
Pippen, who is currently in Manila with Dennis Rodman for the All-Star Basketball Challenge, said Spoelstra will have to take good care of Miami’s triumvirate--LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh--to have prolonged success in the NBA.
“He has the best talents in the game right now. I would just say, keep LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh healthy and you have a dynasty there in the making,” he said.
Miami won the 2012 NBA championship by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games.
James was named the Finals MVP and won his first NBA title.
Pippen, meanwhile, was instrumental for establishing an NBA dynasty playing for the famed basketball franchise, Chicago Bulls.
Together with Michael Jordan, Pippen helped steer the Bulls to two three-peat victories from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1998.
“As we all know, all the teams get better in the league too,” said Pippen of the Heat. “But I think they'd have a great future, that they will have a long run of championships if they stay healthy.”