Scottie Pippen, the former NBA player who achieved great success alongside Michael Jordan during their time with the Chicago Bulls, recently shared some surprising insights about Jordan and his own career.
During an interview on the popular “Gimme the Hot Sauce” podcast, Pippen was asked to weigh in on the debate of who the best basketball player of all time is.
Pippen gave the title to LeBron James, citing his exceptional statistical achievements and claiming that there is simply no comparison to him.
When discussing Jordan, Pippen didn’t hold back. He revealed that he had witnessed Jordan’s playing style even before joining the Bulls and described it as terrible. Moreover, Pippen said that Jordan was solely focused on playing one-on-one, often taking ill-advised shots.
However, everything changed once they became a team. Pippen explained that they developed a strong bond and began winning games.
As a result, people seemed to forget Jordan’s earlier shortcomings. Pippen believed that Jordan, though a great scorer, wasn’t considered at the top of his game in terms of other aspects.
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The partnership between Pippen and Jordan has been the subject of exploration in the documentary series titled “The Last Dance.” The series delves into Jordan’s illustrious career and the lasting impact he left on the sport.
Moreover, Jordan himself regarded Pippen as his best teammate of all time, emphasizing that whenever people discuss his accomplishments, they should also acknowledge Pippen’s significant contributions.
Pippen’s thoughts on ‘The Last Dance’ series
Pippen has not shied away from expressing his sentiments regarding Jordan in the past.
Shortly after the release of the widely acclaimed documentary series, “The Last Dance,” Pippen stated that he felt like nothing more than a prop in the ten-part production.
In his memoir, titled ‘Unguarded,’ Pippen shared his disappointment, pointing out that the series seemed to glorify Jordan while not giving sufficient recognition to him and his fellow teammates.
Pippen asserted that a significant portion of the blame lay with Jordan himself, as he had been granted editorial control over the final product. This control was crucial for the documentary to be released, as Jordan was not only the leading man but also the director.
Scottie Pippen on The Goat:
"I Don't Know if There is A Greatest, it's A Team Game. (Michael Jordan) Was A Horrible Player. He Was Horrible to Play With. He's All 1-On-1, Shooting Bad Shots."
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Pippen further revealed that even in the second episode, which briefly focused on his challenging upbringing and unlikely journey to the NBA, the narrative swiftly shifted back to Jordan and his unwavering determination to win.
Pippen felt like a mere prop in his own story while Jordan took center stage. Jordan’s reference to Pippen as his “best teammate of all time” came across as condescending and dismissive.