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Scottie Pippen blasts Michael Jordan as ‘horrible player’ before pair became teammates

Scottie Pippen’s bizarre battle against Michael Jordan continues.

Despite a long one-sided feud since his retirement, Pippen has repeatedly pursued Michael Jordan, apparently in a well-known documentary that chronicles the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and primarily centers on Jordan. It seems to be due to his treatment in the movie The Last Dance.

During a recent guest appearance Stacey King’s Gimme The Hot Sauce PodcastPippen joined and side-swiped Jordan again while promoting LeBron James, who entered the NBA a few months after Jordan retired in 2003.

Pippen bluntly called Jordan a “terrible player” until the two became teammates.

“I watched Michael Jordan play before I came to the Bulls. You guys saw him play,” Pippen said. He was drafted 5th overall in 1987 and spent the previous three seasons with Jordan’s Bulls.

“[Jordan] I was a terrible player. He was terrifying to play with. He was all 1-1s and hitting bad shots. And suddenly we became a team and started winning and everyone forgot who he was. ”

“The Last Dance” was one of the most criticized players in the NBA until Jordan won his first title with the Bulls in 1991, in his seventh NBA season and his fourth with Pippen as a teammate. clarified.


Scottie Pippen appeared on Stacey King’s podcast “Gimme The Hot Sauce”.
Screen capture via YouTube/Stacey King’s Gimme The Hot Sauce podcast

Michael Jordan, 23, and Scottie Pippen, 33, were teammates with the Chicago Bulls from 1987 to 1998, winning six titles in eight years before Jordan retired for the second time. .
Michael Jordan, 23, and Scottie Pippen, 33, were teammates with the Bulls from 1987 to 1998, winning six titles in eight years before Jordan retired for the second time.
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LeBron James and the Lakers ended the 2022-23 season with a loss to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
LeBron James and the Lakers ended the 2022-23 season with a loss to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
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Pippen went on to say that James, who just finished 20 seasons in the NBA, would be the greatest statistical player in NBA history.

“LeBron James will be statistically the greatest player” [player] I’ll never play a basketball game,” Pippen said on the show. “There is no match for him, no one.”

“So, is it so?” [LeBron] The greatest player in the history of the game? It’s debatable, so I’ll leave it out,” Pippen added, choosing not to outright call LeBron the greatest NBA player of all time.

“Our game is a team game and one player can’t do it, so I don’t think we have great players.”

However, this was a softer comment about Jordan than anything Pippen has made so far.

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