When Scottie Pippen appeared on fellow Chicago Bulls colleague Stacey King’s podcast “Gimme the Hot Sauce” on Friday, he referred to Michael Jordan as a “horrible player” and dubbed him as ‘awful’ to play with.
Pippen made the remarks when discussing the greatest NBA player in league history.
Because it’s a team sport, Pippen stated he doesn’t think there should be a “greatest of all time” in sports. He then brought up Jordan’s time in Chicago before Pippen joined the squad.
Before joining the Bulls, I saw Michael Jordan play; you guys have seen him play. He was a terrible player, Pippen remarked.
Pippen: It was ‘awful’ to play with Michael Jordan
Speaking further, the six-time NBA champion described what it was like to play with “His Airness.”
He shot poorly, and it was always 1-on-1, so it was awful to play with him, Pippen added. “All of a sudden, we start winning as a team, and nobody remembers who he was.
He was a player for whom victory really wasn’t the pinnacle of his profession. It was successful.
In addition, Pippen claimed that Jordan’s emphasis on scoring “wasn’t in the documentary,” alluding to the “Last Dance” documentary that was broadcast on ESPN in 2020.
Before the Bulls selected Pippen with the fifth overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draught, Jordan spent his first three seasons in Chicago. During those three seasons, Jordan averaged 31.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and five assists per game, with a career high of 37.1 points per game in 1986-87. The Bulls made the playoffs those three seasons, but never advanced past the first round.
Conflict between Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan
After the “Last Dance,” Pippen criticised how he was portrayed in the documentary and how Jordan “couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.” He also claimed the documentary was released because Jordan wanted to demonstrate how larger-than-life he was compared to LeBron James.
In November 2021, Pippen stated, “They glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates.”