"It doesn't surprise me that teams come after me because they feel they can't get to Michael. I love that challenge; I loved it when the Knicks said they were coming after me. I hope Phoenix does the same thing. During the Knick series I felt really healthy for the first time all season [Pippen had been slowed for a year by a badly sprained left ankle; a cortisone shot he received about a month ago helped], and when I'm healthy, there isn't a challenge in the world I can't meet.
"I've come to terms with my role on this team, and that is to do the things I can do. I'll never be the scorer Michael is. I couldn't put up those numbers even if I tried. And you know what? I hope he leads the league in scoring [as Jordan has for seven straight seasons] for the rest of his career. And when it's all over, I'll be able to say, 'I helped him do it. And I played with the greatest player ever.' "
Funny, but that sounds a lot like Kevin McHale.