“Everybody calls this guy a BEGINNER, and you’re not the Top 25 in points”

Things go awry between the two Chicago Bulls wonderful – Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen — in November after Pippen released her memoir, “Not Defending.” In that book, there are a lot of silly sayings that throw MJ from Pippen, which comes as a surprise since many people believe they are as thick as thieves.

Pippen is Robin to Jordan’s Batman, and MJ realizes it. Jordan dedicated the 1997 Finals MVP award to Pippen to show how much he appreciated him.

Michael Jordan to Scottie Pippen after the 1997 Finals: “You’re my MVP”

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to mean much to Pippen after MJ released his documentary, “The Last Dance”. Scottie feels he is not being properly recognized for his contributions to the Bulls dynasty, and he has come to Jordan the hard way in his book.

Pippen’s outburst drew reactions from a number of experts and NBA player. Charles Oakley, a former teammate of Pippen and Jordan, formerly commented on the relationship between the Hall of Famers, said he thought it was over. However, the former NBA champions Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson invited him on their show “All The Smoke” to discuss his 19-year career.

Barnes asked Oakley for his thoughts on all the negative things Pippen had to say about Jordan in the book. In response, Oakley said (from 34:20):

“Scottie probably felt he was more towards Mike than these guys. He should have acted more than Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr. I think Dennis played too much and Kerr. Scottie did too much.”

When Jackson asked if Pippen was mad at Jordan about something, pointing out that he used to believe MJ was the greatest, Oakley said:

“I think it’s something out of the court.

“When people call this guy GOAT, and you’re not in the Top 25 in terms of scores, it’s hard for you to say you’re better than someone. But you have an opinion.

“Scottie’s no better than LeBron (James). So, I mean, Scottie has a lot of skill-level potential with Bron. But I don’t think Scottie averaged over 20 points, maybe once in a row. Karma.

“I like Scottie, but it’s hard to say you’re better than GOAT.”

Pippen will always be remembered as one of the best players in NBA history. But to say he is better than Jordan is an exaggeration.

Scottie Pippen deserves as much credit as Michael Jordan for helping the Chicago Bulls win six championships

Michael Jordan, right, and Scottie Pippen have won six championships in eight years.
Michael Jordan, right, and Scottie Pippen have won six championships in eight years.

Fans will continue to chant Jordan’s name and praise him for leading the Bulls to two championships in the 1990s, and rightfully so. But Pippen’s contributions don’t get much respect, which is why he may feel wronged.

Jordan was an excellent two-way player, but he took on most of the defensive workload. Pippen was tasked with protecting the opponent’s best outside player, leaving MJ with little effort to defend.

While he’s not a top scorer, Pippen averages double digits in all of his years as a starter and is also a good provider.

Despite his excellence, comparing him to Jordan might be seen as disrespectful by many. Jordan was in a league of his own. While it would be difficult for Jordan to win multiple championships without Pippen, Pippen would be the next impossible without MJ.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein “Everybody calls this guy a BEGINNER, and you’re not the Top 25 in points”


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