Is Michael Jordan Friends With Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in 2021?

Published 11/09/2021, 9:06 AM EST


The trio of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman ruled the NBA for years. While Rodman won three titles in Chicago, the other two were a part of both legendary setups. Forming a chain of an attacking prowess, they were practically unbeatable for a long time. While Jordan spearheaded their attack, ‘Pip’ and ‘The Worm’ were his brothers in arms. But how close are the three of them in 2021?

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In the course of his career, Jordan averaged just over 30 points. On numerous occasions, he has credited his teammates for his success. Yet, their efforts often go unnoticed. Elsewhere, Pippen was a quality forward, who believed both him and MJ wouldn’t be as successful without one another. Rodman on the other hand, tasted glory during his time at Detroit. Even then, he was a cracker of an acquisition for the Bulls in 1995. Together, they formed an indomitable force.

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How close is Michael Jordan to Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in 2021?

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What appears to the naked eye is not always the truth. The Last Dance documentary brought out the cracks in the relationships of Chicago’s finest. Following its release on Netflix, many former Bulls, including Pippen, lashed out at ‘His Airness’. The 7-time All-star believed it was selfish of Jordan to glorify his own image over that of the team’s. Pippen went on to clarify that although they have immense respect for each other, their friendship has never flourished.

Meanwhile, Rodman hasn’t openly criticized Jordan to that extent. Though Jordan initially despised Rodman and the Pistons, they share an amicable equation at the moment. Yet, Dennis has indirectly stated that ‘The Last Dance’ could’ve done with some changes. In fact, he even backed Pippen after watching the 10-part series, saying that he deserved to have his head held high. Despite everything that unfolded, Rodman has always looked up to his 58-year-old former teammate. In a recent interview, he addressed their status, claiming, “We stay in touch.” Thus, he shares a relatively closer bond with Jordan than Pippen does.

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Even though the three Bulls mavericks aren’t close knit, their on-court performances will always live on in our minds. They helped each other along the way, contributing to each other’s greatness. It will take many years for us to rediscover a trio as iconic as the men in red!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis 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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