Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl

While playing NBA 2K, Scottie Pippen broaches a number of subjects, including the differences between today’s NBA and the one Pip hooped in. And, of course, Scottie addresses the never-ending Kobe/MJ thing.

“When you watch the current-day NBA, what’s the biggest difference in the game that you notice between now and your era?
Scottie Pippen: ‘The physicality. People were a lot more physical, fouls were more physical, and the lane was truly sacred in terms of the defense. From early on in basketball, it was a Cardinal sin if you let a guy drive through the lane and get a layup. He could shoot two free throws, but you weren’t letting him get that layup. That’s what that Pistons team established. It was the blueprint that you had to use in terms of winning a championship. You could not give up easy shots.’

Now if there’s one hard foul, people are calling for suspensions.
Scottie Pippen: ‘Yeah, and back in the late 80s and early 90s, there was a lot more physical play, and guys really prepared themselves to give it as well as take it.’ […]

So when 2K gets ready to make a game in 20 years, what current players do you see who will breakthrough and be on the list of 15 most influential legends?
Scottie Pippen: There are some tremendous players out there. Kobe Bryant will be on that list for sure. I can see Tim Duncan making the list as well. There are a lot of great players out there who 20 years from now will still have their names in the video games.

When you watch Kobe play, does he remind you of Michael at all?
Scottie Pippen: ‘I have to say yes to that. I think he reminds a lot of people of Michael because he molded his game after him. He seems to have a lot of Michael’s charisma, and it comes across in the way he walks, the way he talks, and especially the way he plays.’”