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Envious of Michael Jordan’s $331,000 Worth Asset, Scottie Pippen’s 1997 Christmas Took a U-Turn Due to a Pair of Diamonds

Published 09/26/2023, 10:42 AM EDT

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After an 18-month hiatus, Michael Jordan made a remarkable return in 1995, and this time around, he established an even stronger bond with his teammates. One of them was none other than MJ’s former teammate, Scottie Pippen. This phase not only enhanced their relationship but also prompted the legend to generously present his teammate with a Christmas gift worth $331,000.

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Michael Jordan’s expensive Christmas gift for Scottie Pippen


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A glimpse into the bygone camaraderie between them became evident during the Christmas of 1997. While the 6x champion gave him an earring designed as a replica of the NBA championship trophy adorned with diamonds, Jordan, who initially intended to gift him a box of cigars, had a change of heart. Instead, he chose to bestow upon Pippen one of his cherished possessions, a red Ferrari currently valued at $331,000, a long-desired item by Pippen. Reflecting on this gesture, MJ later shared“He wanted it so bad…It wasn’t a double locker, but it would do.”

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In 1995, the iconic figure thrilled his fans with his return to the basketball scene. With just two words, “I’m Back,” he altered the entire trajectory of the game. Scottie Pippen, who had once been happy to see his teammate step away from the sport, was once again reunited with him to dominate the basketball court. Subsequently, the two, along with the Chicago Bulls, went on to secure three more championships. This was when they had a deeper appreciation for each other. Perhaps, this phase of hiatus in Jordan’s journey was necessary for him in achieving his three-peat. 


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Michael Jordan’s decision to retire in 1993

In 1993, Michael Jordan sent ripples through the NBA when he announced his retirement. At the press conference that year, the basketball icon opened up about his struggle to find motivation to continue playing and made the decision to retire at the age of 30. 


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Amidst various speculations, the legend shared, “When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense of, proving something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away. It’s not because I don’t love the game. I always will. I just feel that I have reached the pinnacle of my career.” According to you, which of Jordan’s comebacks impressed you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Pritha Debroy


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Pritha is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. She has long been a fan of the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers. With prior experience in lifestyle writing, she aims to deliver a fair assessment of the happenings from the NBA world, both on and off the court.
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Caroline Joseph