Scottie Pippen on 1995 Bulls Team: “Michael Jordan Had To Tolerate Those Players. I had Been With Them For 18 Months.”

Published 11/21/2021, 11:30 AM EST
From left, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc were big parts of Bulls teams that won three straight NBA titles from 1996 to 1998. Jordan and Pippen were members of the first “three-peat” team, which won titles from 1991 to 1993. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)


NBA fans regard Michael Jordan as one of the greatest players of all-time in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls legend led the franchise through some of their most successful seasons. The star-studded Bulls roster included Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and others. Jordan heralded the NBA’s new marketability worldwide.

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Recently, Jordan’s former teammate Scottie Pippen revealed the team dynamics at the Bulls. Pippen was speaking to GQ Sports’ Tyler Tynes about his new book, ‘Unguarded’. He revealed that when Jordan returned from his short retirement spell, the atmosphere in the dressing room did not improve a lot.

Pippen said, “I already had two years with those players. I already had two years with those players. So it wasn’t about me having to get on those players. Michael had to tolerate those players and what they could and could not do. It wasn’t about me adjusting to him, or having to get on him. I’ve been with those players for 18 months since he had retired.”

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On October 6, 1993, Michael Jordan astonishingly announced his first retirement. He indicated that he lost the desire to play basketball. His father’s sudden death also contributed to his controversial decision. Jordan signed up with the Chicago White Sox in the Minor League Baseball on February 7, 1994. Pippen turned into the talisman for the Bulls that season in Jordan’s absence.

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A five-time NBA MVP, Jordan also won six NBA Finals MVPs with the Bulls. Jordan joined the Bulls as their third overall pick of the 1984 NBA draft. He subsequently led the Bulls to six NBA championships. The Bulls won two famous three-peat NBA championships with him.

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Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics in 1986

Michael Jordan still commanded the respect and admiration of Chicago Bulls fans. Jordan scored a record 63 points in a playoff game in an away game at the Boston Garden. The Boston Celtics witnessed their domination at the hands of young Michael Jordan in a Game 2 performance.

1990: Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls sit on a bench circa 1990 during an NBA All-Star game. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

He scored 41 field goals against the Celtics. Jordan ran the Celtics defense ragged with his massive scoring record that day. A 23-year-old Jordan in only his second NBA season managed to tear apart a dominant Celtics defense. It remains one of Jordan’s best performances in the NBA to this day.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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