32 Years Before Siding Together Against Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen Claimed Dennis Rodman Wasn’t ‘Man Enough’ to Admit Defeat
Before Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen became teammates, they didn’t share the best relationship with each other. A lot of it had to do with their on-court rivalry. The very fact that Dennis played for the Bad Boy Pistons and Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls might give fans enough reason to understand the reason for the rivalry. In 1991, the Bulls swept the defending champions in the Eastern Conference finals. What happened afterward still remains one of the reasons that Michael Jordan and Isaiah Thomas don’t have a good relationship. In 1991, Arsenio Hall asked Scottie, if he and his Pistons counterpart had shaken hands. The six-time NBA champion made some harsh comments about his future teammate, calling him unprofessional.
32 years later, former teammates seem to have united against Michael Jordan. While Scottie called Jordan a “horrible player,” Rodman, in an interview with VladTV, said that Pippen made Jordan the superstar that he later became. He also added that Jordan scored 40 points in the game, but he could never do it himself before Pippen.
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Before Pip and Worm became teammates, they shared an ugly past with each other. During the 1991 Eastern Conference finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons, things got heated between the two players. In the fourth quarter of the finals match, before the Bulls swept the Pistons, Dennis shoved Pippen, leaving him in blood. The wound was so bad that he had to get six stitches. After the win, when Pippen sat for the interview with Hall, he addressed Rodman’s shove at him and the Pistons walking off the court without shaking hands after the defeat. Pippen said in the interview:
“We (him and Dennis) haven’t done anything… since they left the floor even before the game was over. None of them congratulated us except John Sally. He was professional and manly enough to do that.”
He also remarked that, except Sally, everyone in the Pistons squad thought the Bulls had lucked out. But Pippen gave a savage answer to the doubters and said that the Bulls had swept the Pistons. If it was the finals, they would have brought the broom into the arena.
Coach Phil Jackson made Rodman apologize to Pippen
Rodman was a nightmare as an opponent and the most trustworthy as a teammate. The man was always ready to go to war with his teammates. In 1995, after Rodman was traded to the Bulls from the Spurs. However, knowing that there was a bad history between Dennis The Menace and Pip, coach Phil Jackson called both players to Jerry Krause’s house. He made Rodman apologize to Pippen in order for Dennis to succeed with the Bulls. Rodman confirmed this on VladTV.
After the two superstars are made up, the rest is history. The Bulls won three more championships with the Rodman, making them arguably the greatest team to be ever assembled.