“Bum Garbage Guys”: Former Teammate of Michael Jordan Goes on Epic Rant Against Bulls Compatriots

Published 10/11/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


During the reign of the ‘super team’ of the Chicago Bulls, they were practically unbeatable. The team thrived on pressure, and had no weak links. This was a key feature of their journey to multiple three-peats. Spearheaded by Michael Jordan, the franchise was groomed into one of the most dominant ones in the history of the game. However, he didn’t do it all by himself. He had a lot of help from his teammates, whom former player Charles Oakley has now gone on record and dissed.

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In ‘The Last Dance’ documentary, fans witnessed the sheer fearlessness that Jordan led his squad with. The entire setup played as a unit, and pushed their limits to the fullest. With the likes of James Edwards, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman part of their roster, the team won back-to-back titles. Even the great Charles Oakley had two stints with the Bulls, and was Jordan’s compatriot during his time there. Yet, he recently had some bitter words about his fellow Bulls.

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Michael Jordan had some ‘garbage’ teammates: Charles Oakley

On paper, the Bulls seemed like an indomitable force. On the other hand, the docu-series had several revelations. In the aftermath of the show, many former players even lashed out at the glorification of Jordan over the team. There were now questions as to whether there were dents in the equations of the camp. According to Oakley, who played with the men in red from 1985-1988 and then again in 2001, him and his 58-year-old ‘His Airness’ played alongside some rather under-par players.

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(Original Caption) Michael Jordan, forward for the Chicago Bulls, holding a basketball in the locker room.

On a recent podcast, Oakley spoke about his stint with the Bulls. “My thing with it, I tell MJ [Jordan] all the f*cking time,” claimed the All-star. “I said you play with a lot of b*m garbage guys. I said whenever it rains, they should come and dry your car. When it snows, they should come do your driveway. If you need a ride somewhere, all the b*ms you played with should be on speed dial.” It was a hilarious bashing up of his own fellow mates.

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Who do you think Charles Oakley was referring to? No matter what’s said now, they surely didn’t look like garbage guys back then. Instead, the oppositions were made to look so. It will be interesting to see if there will be another side full of b*ms to dominate the league the way Michael Jordan’s Bulls did.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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