“Never Really Dominated”: Scottie Pippen Stirred Controversy With Audacious Michael Jordan Claim

Published 11/02/2021, 2:16 PM EDT


The Chicago Bulls of the 1990s dominated the NBA no other team could do. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Bulls to six NBA championships during the 90s that includes two three-peats. Since then, the Bulls haven’t won a single championship.

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Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan formed one of the best duos in NBA history at the Bulls. They had a great relationship on the court. However, they didn’t have a close relationship off the court. In fact, Pippen has been quite vocal about his past relationship with Jordan.

Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

‘The Last Dance’ also reflected on how demanding Jordan was from his teammates during a game. The documentary also showed that Jordan and Pippen weren’t the closest of friends off the court. An old interview of Pippen has resurfaced, in which Pippen said that Jordan ‘never really dominated on the court’.

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Scottie Pippen said Michael Jordan didn’t dominate the game like Shaq and Steph Curry

An old interview of Scottie Pippen has resurfaced on YouTube. During the interview, the host asked Pippen about his thoughts on Shaquille O’Neal being one short of unanimous MVP and Stephen Curry winning it unanimously and not Michael Jordan.

“I mean, it’s pretty shocking,” Scottie Pippen replied.

“But you know, you have to give credit to all the players that played in that era. You know, Shaq season was truly a tremendous season. Obviously. Steph had one of the greatest seasons of all time shooting the basketball and winning the amount of games that they won, and that one season, which really made them stand out,” Pippen continued.

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“But yeah, Michael, you know, there was always Charles Barkley, guys that competed, Hakeem Olajuwon. So it was always a few votes that will kind of shared. He never really dominated the game on the court where people just saw him being so dominant like they did with Shaq, like they did with Steph.”

It’s not necessary for teammates to be close friends off the court. All that matters in the game is their combination on the court. But it’s an advantage if players are close to each other. Pippen and Jordan didn’t have a great relationship, but it certainly didn’t impact their performance for the Bulls.

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Many regard Michael Jordan as the most dominant NBA player ever. Shaquille O’Neal is another name that pops up in the most dominant player debate. However, Pippen has picked his choice, and he feels Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry were more dominant than Jordan. Do you agree with Pippen? Who do you think is more dominant among Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Stephen Curry? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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