‘A Selfish Decision’: Former Teammate Scottie Pippen Rips Michael Jordan For Leaving Bulls in 1993

Published 06/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


The most impactful Robin in the history of the NBA, to Michael Jordan’s Batman, has been Scottie Pippen. The former Bulls star is decked up for his upcoming memoir Unguarded, and it will be released in November. In the middle of all this excitement, Pippen hasn’t shied away from opening up on the numerous controversies that rocked the Bulls era.

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Pippen has been in the news recently due to his comparative comments on Kevin Durant and LeBron James. And now he’s knocked on the doors of criticism yet again.

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When Michael Jordan kick-started his baseball career

Back in 1993, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls got hold of their first three-peat in the league. It was a moment of utter brilliance and talent from the global star-duo, Jordan and Pippen. However, the celebration went numb when MJ surprisingly announced his retirement from the game of basketball.

The recent murder of his father and his lost desire to play the sport were reasons listed out by the superstar when exiting the league. Jordan’s next plan of action was baseball. He signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox and gave a shot at the Minor League Baseball.

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Scottie Pippen has some words to say about MJ’s decision

Talking about Michael’s first NBA retirement, Scottie Pippen made a brackish comment in a conversation on the Dan Patrick Show. He said, “It was a selfish decision, but it was kind of who Michael Jordan was. That was a guy who believed that he can do anything on his own.”

With Jordan out, that year had turned out to be Scottie Pippen’s time to shine. All of a sudden, he was the leading icon of the league. And Pippen grabbed that opportunity by claiming the All-star MVP in 1994. Additionally, he also led the Bulls in scoring, assists, and blocks.

The mighty force had been unleashed; however, a championship wasn’t the end deal. Even though the Bulls had a notable 1993-94 season, they were shrugged out by the NY Knicks in the second round of playoffs.

A lot of bitterness is being suspected in Pippen’s words with his book coming up in no time. Many believe this to be a counter to the famous ‘Last Dance’ documentary that celebrated MJ as the greatest of all time. Having said that, is Pippen making a long-withheld statement here?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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