I won three NBA titles with Michael Jordan and two in Kobe-Shaq team – nobody talks about me but I can toot my own horn

RETIRED NBA point guard Ron Harper has said that he believes he didn’t receive attention despite being a contributor to five NBA titles.

Harper played alongside Michael Jordan during the Chicago Bulls dynasty and also starred with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Combine his two Bulls and Lakers tenures and Harper can say he won five NBA championships during his 16-year career.

Point guard Ron Harper was a part of three Bulls championship teams


Point guard Ron Harper was a part of three Bulls championship teamsCredit: Getty

He embraced being a role player and also won two titles with the Lakers
He embraced being a role player and also won two titles with the LakersCredit: Getty
He began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the No. 8 overall pick of the 1986 draft.

The Miami University star would be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1988 despite averaging at least 15 points per game in his first three seasons.

After five seasons with the Clippers, Harper signed with the Bulls in 1994 and the rest is history.

He started for Chicago and helped the franchise capture three titles in a row from 1995 to 1997.

Jordan was the fabric of the Bulls, Scottie Pippen was his sidekick, and the rest of the team did their duties.

But Harper believes he didn’t receive as much attention for his role in the Bulls’ second half of their six-ring dynasty.

“I mean, I can toot my own horn then, nobody really talked about me then,” Harper told NBA Europe in 2021.

“We always talking about MJ, taking about Scottie, talking about Kukoc, talking about Steve Kerr, [but] Randy Brown, like a Bill Wennington, like a Dickey Simpkins, a Luc Longley.

“You know, role guys that played their role to help the team.


“I think all of us did whatever our part was to be a part of a very good basketball team.”

During his five seasons with the Bulls, Harper embraced going from a star to a role player, averaging about 25 minutes per game and 7.9 points along with 2.6 assists.

And the point guard proceeded to join the Lakers and his former Bulls coach Phil Jackson in 1999.

Led by Shaq and Kobe, Los Angeles would go on to win the championship.

Harper started all 23 games in the team’s postseason and averaged 8.6 points per game.

For his final season, Harper played just 47 games as Derek Fisher ended up taking over the starting point guard spot.

Ron played in six games during the playoffs and the Lakers would win their second straight title.

It earned Harper his fifth NBA championship as the then-36-year-old called it quits.

He’s now the father of NBA player Ron Harper Jr., who’ll be entering his second season with the Toronto Raptors.

Harper finished his 16-year NBA career with 13,910 points and 3,915 assists
Harper finished his 16-year NBA career with 13,910 points and 3,915 assistsCredit: Getty


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