Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson have a long rivalry in the NBA. When MJ and Pippen got into an altercation with one another during practice, it’s clear that someone was going to come out on top.
“When You Go After Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan (and) He Came After Me a Little Bit, You’re Just Going Big-Game Hunting.”
Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan teamed together to win six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Scottie is one of the league’s best defenders, but he’s been focusing on his offensive game recently, going on the attack against Michael Jordan, their previous head coach Phil Jackson, and others.
However, in his biography Unguarded, the Hall of Famer takes aim at more NBA legends than simply Jordan. Even Charles Barkley isn’t immune for some reason.
The Round Mound of Rebound has a few tricks under his sleeve when it comes to launching barbs at other players. Chuck, on the other hand, believes Pippen is deliberately bringing himself into the news cycle in this situation.
If that’s the case, he’s clearly accomplished his objective.
In Unguarded, Scottie Pippen goes off on Michael Jordan in particular.
Pippen has a career best of 17.8 field goal attempts in a season (which happened to be his first season following Jordan’s original retirement). However, in the last two weeks, he’s gotten in a lot more shots than that.
Jordan’s reputation as a teammate, the Last Dance documentary, and his former teammate’s flu game have all been criticized by the University of Central Arkansas graduate.
Pippen has also said that he was a better defender than His Airness, and that his name should have been included in Defensive Player of the Year debates. But no one has the right to smear Michael Jordan’s name.
Scott and Sir Charles have had a long-running feud that dates back decades. They played together for one season with the Houston Rockets until Pippen wanted a move. That irritated the former Phoenix Suns player, who at the time had some harsh words for Pip.
Then Pippen hit back at Chuck, saying he wouldn’t apologize to his old teammate’s “big butt.”
Some MJ defenders have retaliated by clapping back against Pippen. Now, Barkley has spoken out about the rumor that the seven-time All-Star has been spreading.
Pippen, according to Charles Barkley, is just looking for publicity and book sales.
During the Julius Erving Golf Classic, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley watches while smoking a cigar. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images for PGD Global
Scottie’s provocative remarks, as well as the manner in which they were made public, have likely aided the sales of his biography. It’s debatable if that’s been the plan all along.
But, in Barkley’s judgment, it is the obvious endpoint.
On the Dan Patrick Show, the NBA expert detailed what he feels is Pippen’s purpose for slamming Jordan, Jackson, and others:
I feel awful for him since it seems like he’s simply attempting to go big-game hunting to promote his book. I’ll never tell another individual what to say; we’re all entitled to our own ideas.
When you write a book, it should, in my view, represent your own ideas on everything that concerns you, and you should let the world know what you believe. When you go after Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan, who came after me a little bit, it just feels like you’re going big-game hunting because you know it’ll generate some clicks.
Scottie has always been a favorite of mine, and I felt he was a fantastic player. But, as I previously said, it seems that ‘I’ve had to go big-game hunting because if I write about big-time individuals, I’ll get clicks and sell some books.’
Scottie Pippen’s reason for his recent statements, according to Charles Barkley
Chuck is speaking his mind, something he has never been scared to do.
In all likelihood, Barkley is speaking the truth. Pippen had a lot to say about his time with the Bulls, or else the book wouldn’t exist in the first place.
However, the more inflammatory statements he makes in public, the more attention his book will get. As the Chuckster said, this would help it sell more copies.
Scottie will eventually run out of things to say, and his book will have to stand on its own. But, for the time being, it looks like the six-time winner isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
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Dean Smith once explained how Michael Jordan defeated Georgetown in the 1982 National Championship game, and it had nothing to do with ‘The Shot.’
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