However, Harper played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1999-2000 and the 2000-01 seasons. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. Former Chicago Bulls basketball player and Detroit Pistons assistant coach, Ron Harper, watched his son Ron Harper Jr., participate in the AAU National Championships tournament on Friday. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Ron Harper with the eighth overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft. Before Harper joined the Bulls and the Lakers, he was a top scorer on the teams he played for. Ron Harper Jr. was a perfect 5-of-5 from three and led Rutgers to a 72-57 win over Illinois to remain unbeaten at home this year. Ron Harper says the Cavs were just starting to come together and could have challenged the great Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s. Harper said former Cavs General Manager Wayne Embry called him into his office one day and said he was seen in a nightclub with a tray of drugs being passed around the room. This is the NBA, it goes around.". The former RedHawks star was the first player in the conference to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in their collegiate career. He'd been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and had two days to get there. Harper was an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons in 2005 and was on their bench until 2007. He played four years at Miami University in Ohio. How many championships did Ron Harper win? At the end of his college career, he finished as Miami’s all-time leading scorer with 2,377 points. One of them was Ron Harper. The Bulls essentially called it quits following the 1997-98 season. Star ComparisonRon Harper vs. Derek Harper, This page features career information and stats about the two NBA superstars Ron Harper and Derek Harper. His role was to help the Bulls become one of the most feared defensive teams in NBA history. My momma had a chance to come and see me play. "I think we would have won more than one ring," he said. Ron Harper dribbles against Orlando's Reggie Theus in November 1989, shortly before he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan retired and Pippen was traded. He joined the Lakers at the perfect time. Harper, on the other hand, played in Chicago for one more season. After helping the Bulls win three championships, he helped the Lakers win two of their three straight championships in those seasons. He was able to do so as the Lakers won two straight finals. Harper was part of another successful franchise and ended his NBA career on top. Harper was a five-time NBA champion who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Bulls from 1986 to 2001. Harper started in 80 games that season as the Bulls finished with a 72-10 record and won their fourth championship. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. Ron Harper helped the Bulls win three championships Son of Maria and Ron Harper Mother played collegiately at the University of New Orleans Father was an AP All-American at Miami (Ohio) and had a 15-year career in the NBA, winning five titles combined with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, while averaging 13.8 points over 1,009 career games One of them was Ron Harper. Help fund crucial watchdog journalism. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Who averaged more points in playoffs? I got MJ.’ So the coach tells me, ‘I’m going to put Ehlo on MJ.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, OK. Whatever. If anyone knows what makes a champion, it would be Harper. Copyright 2020. - All rights reserved. During his playing days, he was one of the players known to be able to guard Michael Jordan as an opponent and during practice. The Bulls only allowed 92.9 points per game in 1995-96, 92.3 in 1996-97, and 89.6 in 1997-98. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bull, left, discusses strategy with teammates Ron Harper, centre, and Scottie Pippen. It was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). But I have so much respect for Kobe and I know that he’s at peace now and he’s going out and having fun.”, Harper played with both Jordan and Kobe Bryant.