The dynamic duo of the 90’s era Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were the top power in the NBA for the Chicago bulls, according to Knicks Legend Charles Oakley the two are not on talking terms as he mentioned in his interview.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the kings of the Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are without a doubt the best duo to have played together in NBA history. Both have been inducted into the Hall of Fame for their legendary dominance over an 8-year period together, they have won 6 NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and have won it three times consecutively twice, the ‘three-peat’. A record which no one has ever come to do or will ever be able to break in the coming years as well.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen both have their names in the record books for the All-time leading scorers, Michael Jordan ranks at #5 and Scottie Pippen ranks at #63, in the All-time Assists Michael Jordan ranks at #47 and Scottie Pippen ranks at #35, in the All-Time steals Michael Jordan ranks at #3 and Scottie Pippen ranks at #7.
There were no signs of bad blood between the two when they were active NBA players over an 8-year span they looked like a brother during their playing days. But now it seems that Scottie Pippen doesn’t look back to the good old days with much good in it and the relationship between the former Chicago Bulls players are over.
Charles Oakley on the end of a Legendary duo
For the last past few months, Scottie Pippen has spoken about his former colleague in a handful of interviews. Scottie went on to lengths calling Michael Jordan selfish for retiring in between, there were a lot of harsh words for Michael, a lot of this has been revealed in the Last Dance. A Documentary about the Chicago Bulls, it is ironic that this series was the Last Dance for two Hall of Famers as well.
The Knicks legend Charles Oakley has revealed that the two are no longer talking and tells us the reason why it all affected the both of them, he said in the Bill Simmons podcast, “No, I think it’s over, yeah, I think it’s over. It wasn’t great from the get-go. I think they [covered] Dennis Rodman more than Scottie — and Steve Kerr,” Oakley said this in reference to the second three-peat. Charles further added, “But my thing to that is, Kerr did way more off the court than Scottie. Dennis probably has, too. But on that court, Scottie did a lot more than both of them, but Scottie felt like he was left out of there. And he felt like Jordan wouldn’t have six rings if it wasn’t for him…”
Charles Oakley defended Michael Jordan for being a good friend, it’s not always what we do is what we get in return, it’s the same case for Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Charley Oakley defended Michael Jordan saying, “[Jordan] always praised Scottie, always praised Scottie. He never talked down about him, but I don’t know what happened since ‘The Last Dance.’ It seems like things just — he probably said, ‘OK, Scottie said this stuff about me. OK, I’m not gonna say nothing.’ He’s not gonna say nothing back in the press, none of that, try to go back to Scottie. He’s just gonna keep doing what he’s doing — play golf, fish, relax and smoke cigars.”