Seems like Pippen got carried away in that article. On Cold Pizza he mentioned that the rules are different and promote scoring for perimeter players, but he also was giving Kobe his props.
I found an interesting link about the rule changes in 2001-2002
"The hand-check guidelines have been changed to allow for incidental contact as long as it doesn't impede the offensive player."
Which doesn't sound like what Pippen is talking about. Then on the removal of illegal defenses.
"The new rules only affect post players if they are double-teamed by the defense. The defense may double-team any player at any time. With the old illegal defense guidelines, a player could not be double-teamed unless he had the ball."
And Jordan definately used to post up a lot. In fact that was his advice this season to Kobe, to post up as much as possible. But these new rules won't allow a player to abuse isos in the post. Defenses can put a stop that that now.
Then just last season they made this change which I found in another article.
"As part of its ongoing efforts to boost scoring, the league has instructed referees to crack down on defenders who make contact with the ball-handler above the free throw-line extended. The idea is that by eliminating the hand-check, the offensive player will have more freedom of movement with which to score or set up teammates."
Is this what Pippen is complaining about? That was just last season! Kobe did score 56 in three quarters in 2001-2002 and 51 in three quarters in 2002-2003. I don't think Kobe is abusing this change. Who it does help is a guy like Dwyane Wade. Actually a guy like D-Wade was even supposed to benefit from the rule changes back in the the 2001-2002 season let alone they contact on the perimeter as this quote predicts.
"These rules will reward a quick, athletic player."
Keep in mind that Kobe played some of his best basketball in 2001. Before they changed the rules and allowed zone defenses. Then also remember that MJ really scored a lot in his earlier years. That was in the 80's when there was much higher scoring in the league in general. Why couldn't he put up 80 then? The scoring really went down in the 90's as the game became more physical. Pippen seems to be isolating this period.
But then how does he explain this type of scoring by Iverson rookie season against the Bulls? He scored 30+ in 3/4 games (32, 44, 37). He won the head to head and outscored MJ in all the games, but they were losing efforts. The Bulls were obviously a much superior team.
Iverson's Rookie Season vs. Bulls
Now a much more mature Iverson is having trouble keeping up with Kobe (although he's doing his best to do so and as a result scoring the highest PPG in his career). Just give it up to Kobe Pippen. No exuses!