Pippen: “Jordan was horrible”

It is the sports couple for an entire generation in the NBA and outside of it, but between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen there are still notorious discrepancies. After being without a relationship for a long time, and after an attempt at reconciliation, in recent years Pippen has shot himself when asked about his perfect complement in those 90’s Bulls who captured six titles in the world’s top basketball league.

Last chance to do it a podcast (Gimme The Hot Sauce) with Stacey King. For those who don’t remember him, King was a 2.11-meter center who participated in the first of the two triplets -1991, 1992, 1993- of those Bulls, the one who uttered the famous phrase “Jordan and I have come together to score 70 points” with ‘Air’ contributing 69, who has spent almost two decades as commentators in the games of the Chicago franchise at the regional level.

pippinwho was already highly upset by the image that Jordan projected in the documentary about the success of his Bulls, lashes out at his former partner while putting LeBron James on the highest rung.

“LeBron James will be the best player, stats-wise, to ever be in basketball. And there is no comparison with him. None. Does that make him the best ever? I will continue to discuss it.”

“I have seen Michael Jordan play before landing in the Bulls. You have seen it too. He was a horrible player and horrible to play with. He was all one against one and our sport is collective. Bad shots were played. Still, we became a team and started winning, so everyone forgot who he really was.”

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pippinTaking advantage of the situation, he once again expressed his admiration for James, who this season has become the League’s top scorer in its regular phase by beating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and takes Jordan out of the great debate.

And it’s not the first time…

In recent times Scottie Pippen had already left pearls about his sports relationship with Michael Jordan. Especially in his biography Unguardedpublished in 2021, in which the Arkansas forward said things like these:

“Michael was wrong. We won six championships not because he was picking on other teammates but in spite of him. We won because we played team basketball, which hadn’t been the case in my first two seasons when our coach was Doug Collins. That was what made playing for the Bulls special, the camaraderie we established with each other.”

“I’ll go as far as to say that Mike ruined basketball. In the ’80s, in the parks, you had everybody moving the ball and passing to help the team. That stopped in the ’90s. Kids wanted to ‘be like Mike.’ Well, Mike didn’t want to pass the ball, but he also didn’t want to rebound or defend the best player on the opposing team. He wanted us to do everything for him. That’s why I’ve always believed that LeBron James is the better that he has played this sport, he does everything and represents what this is about”

“As a teammate I was much better than Michael. Ask anyone who played both of them. I was always there for a pat on the back or a word of encouragement, especially after he put someone down for one reason or another. Me I helped others to believe and to stop doubting”

During the conversation with King and his companions, Pippen described LeBron to shape his argument: “He is the best winner. He is now older and they criticize him a lot. He’s never been a shooter, that last shot guy, because he wasn’t good at it. I already said it a long time ago. Despite this, when he retires he will be the best in statistics that has ever played this ”. Despite the disregard for Michael Jordan, those Bulls are not forgotten. “We are the best team ever. If MJ hadn’t left him, we probably would have won two or three more titles.”responded to the comparison with the Warriors of 73-9 (2016).

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