Michael Jordan and Pippen truly were one of sports most dynamic duos, but were they the best duo of all-time? It’s tough to quantify that claim across various team sports, but they’re definitely on the leaderboard with Montana-Rice, Shaq-Kobe, Ruth-Gehrig among others.
What are the criteria for great sports duos? Longevity, championships and records are a good start. But more than the numbers, they should be two players whom opponents dreaded playing against. Two players who would drive opposing coaches crazy—if you stopped one, the other would beat you. Two players whom if you weren’t a fan of their team, you despised. So, let’s try to make a case for Jordan and Pippen by starting in their own sport and then comparing them to great duos in other sports: