Scottie Pippen Reveals Kobe Bryant Asked Him Michael Jordan Questions: “Kobe Idolized The Way I Played”

Published 11/20/2021, 8:30 AM EST
MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Scottie Pippen Attends Market America Conference 2016 at American Airlines Arena on February 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)


The silver lining to all that Scottie Pippen has been saying about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls so far, is that he at least admitted that MJ was the best teammate he ever had. This should give fans some relief that not all was bad in the 90s Bulls dynasty. However, in the same interview with Tyler Tynes of GQ, Pippen also revealed that Kobe Bryant was the one player he wishes he could have teamed up with.

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Did Kobe Bryant come to Scottie Pippen for advice?

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Jordan and Kobe Bryant always had a very close relationship with each other. In fact, even in ‘The Last Dance’, he accepted that the Bulls legend was like his big brother, and he was very thankful for all that he learn from him. Although Pippen and Kobe were hardly that close, the former was still in awe of the latter.

“The one teammate that I wish I could’ve played with and I didn’t play with was Kobe Bryant,” said Pippen during his GQ interview. However, he also revealed that Bryant often came to him to better his game.  He stated, “Kobe really idolized the way I played the game, the way that I defended, and you know, a lot of it, he started to call me after I retired and to ask questions about different situations.”

“How you would guard certain people? What kind of footwork would you do this? What would you do in this situation? Just picking your brain to enhance his ability out on the basketball court. You know, he was a great student of the game, and you know, he would ask me questions about how would I guard Michael in this situation, this and that. And just, you know, just trying to improve his craft.”

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Will these shocking revelations die down anytime soon?

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JUNE 11: Michael Jordan #23 and Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate after winning game five of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 11, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE/Getty Images)

With Pippen’s memoir ‘Unguarded’ published, all it has done is spark controversy after controversy. Those who want to believe all that he is saying are also unable to because of the timing of his revelations. If he had so much to say about the way he was portrayed in ‘The Last Dance’, he had a lot of time to do it.

He didn’t have to wait for the book to come out and do the job for him. While this mostly seems like a PR stunt, it won’t be settling down anytime soon. This is the greatest dynasty and the GOAT that we are talking about, whose reputation has been dragged into question. So far, mum’s been the word from Michael Jordan‘s side, which is quite unlike him. Do you think he will retaliate?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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