Scottie Pippen unnecessarily comes after Michael Jordan — again

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

How about a break from potential offseason drama that could upend the Chicago Bulls‘ 2022-2023 roster? That sure is nice.

Not that kind of break though. Instead, fans can take a trip down memory lane and remember the legendary Bulls teams that won six titles led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The glory days. Kind of makes you feel bad about the recent state of Bulls basketball.

Oh … not those kind of good memories, either? Pippen coming after Jordan again, for some reason? Great. So we’re not taking a break, we’re not relaxing, and we’re not enjoying ourselves? Got it.

Last week, Pippen conducted an interview with TrashTalkProduction (what? excuse us?) and spoke on a myriad of topics. The man seemingly can’t get Michael Jordan out his head (all thanks to The Last Dance creating more of a disconnect than anything) because he had to mention his former teammate with a negative connotation from the start of the interview.

The very first question Pippen was asked, he brought Jordan into it and of course created the unnecessary headlines Bulls fans aren’t happy to see.

Scottie Pippen called out Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan — again

Here’s how the interview kicked off with Pippen and host Bastien Fontanieu:

"“To me, one of the biggest lies in the history of the NBA — [Scottie Pippen] never won the Defensive Player of the Year award! What happened, man? Were the voters drunk?!,” Fontanieu asked.“I think they were too busy watching Michael,” answered Scottie.“I think that’s a very good answer,” Fontanieu sort of awkwardly replied."

The shots keep coming. Just a few months ago, Pippen also said the Bulls won titles “in spite of [Jordan] getting on guys,” which was obviously alluding to the fact Jordan wasn’t the easiest to play alongside.

Then again, Pippen might actually not be wrong about his DPOY snubs. He was a 10-time All-Defensive selection, with eight of those being of the First-Team variation (as well as three First-Team All-NBA selections!). He led the league in steals during the 1994-1995 season and is seventh all-time in that category.

Only one problem though … Jordan has just one DPOY on his ledger and it came during Pippen’s rookie season, so it’s not like he was stealing defensive recognition from his teammate. Maybe Pippen’s beef should be with David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning since all of those guys stole the DPOY from him during his reign as one of the league’s best defenders.

It’s not all about Michael, man.