Or consider his defense. He is the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both scoring and steals (3.16 per game). "There've been a lot of times that Doug has put me on somebody to stop him," says Jordan. "I played Alex English, I played Magic Johnson. Doug still hasn't let me on Larry [Bird], though. That's the one I'm waiting for."
Jordan obviously hopes to get his chance in the Eastern finals against the Celtics. In the meantime, though, the Bulls' second-round series against Detroit, which began Tuesday night, loomed as a giant obstacle, one that would put to a test the assertion of an exuberant Pippen on Sunday: "Now we know we're not a one-man team anymore." As Pippen and the rest of the Bulls know full well, the obstacle can be overcome only by Team Chicago, not just Team Michael.