NBA Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls legend Scotty Pippen is no longer reckless when it comes to his feelings about the past. He continues to discuss his embarrassing decision to remove himself from the 1994 playoff game and is more open-minded than ever.
In that game, head coach Phil Jackson scored the winner for Tony Cucock in an interview with GQ last week. In the same interview where he criticized Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons — Pippen said he felt insulted by Jackson, but that wasn’t all. He also said he felt Jackson rejected him in the final match as “Racial Movement”
“I don̵7;t think it’s a mystery. You have to read between the lines. It’s my first year playing without Michael Jordan, why wouldn’t I try that last shot? I’ve been through ups and downs, quarreled with the Pistons, now will you insult me and tell me to get it out? I think it’s pretty low. I feel it is an opportunity to give [Kukoc] Rising. It was a racial movement to get him to rise. After all I deal with this organization. Now you’re telling me to throw the ball out for Tony Cucock? you are insulting me That’s how I feel.”
Dan Patrick asked Pippen about the comments. And Pippen didn’t turn away. in fact He multiplied and called Jackson a racist. instead of implying
Pippen: Jackson tries to ‘expose’ Kobe
After Pippen said he had no problem calling Jackson a racist. He used Jackson’s relationship with Kobe Bryant as an example of how he took advantage of Black players. Jackson coached Bryant and the Los Angeles team. The Lakers between 1999 and 2004 then left the team and wrote “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul,” a 2003-2004 book about the tumultuous Lakers that strongly criticized Bryant. very Jackson returned as head coach in 2005.
“Do you remember when Phil Jackson left the Lakers and wrote a book about Kobe Byrant and returned to teach him? I mean who would do that? You name someone in a professional sport to do so. I think he was trying to reveal. Kobe the way he shouldn’t have you are the head coach You’re the one who sits in the locker room and tells the players, ‘This is a circle and everything is in a circle. And that’s what the team is about.’ But you as the head coach open up and now you go out and try to insult one of the greatest players in the game at the time?”
Pippen: MJ acts as a camera in the huddle.
Then Patrick tells the story of how Michael Jordan had no problem passing the ball to Steve. Kerr for the game-winning shot in the 1998 NBA Finals, but Pippen had none, telling Patrick he didn’t think that was a fair comparison. Pippen believed Jordan only said he would pass the ball. Kerr because the camera caught him in the huddle. and even thought that MJ rehearsed that moment in advance
“You know all the cameras sitting in the congregation. who do they work for You know who Michael is talking to, it’s planned, that’s talking to the camera. That’s not talking about what we what to do How will the drama be? That’s talking to the camera. If John Stockton doesn’t come down – believe me, that’s making his own documentary because he knows he’s in control of the camera. all those cameras work for michael Jordan in general It’s not the Chicago Bulls…that’s not a simple word. That has been rehearsed.”
Pippen hopped on Twitter after the interview to pour a little more gasoline on the fire. He clearly knew what kind of kerfuffle his opinion would cause and totally agreed with it.
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