Scottie Pippen finally opens up about Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were arguably the best duo in NBA history. Sure, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all had their eras of dominance, but no one consistently played at the level that MJ and Scottie did in dominating their competition.

The two former NBA players won six titles in the ’90s as members of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan won Finals MVP honors in all six of those seasons, and Pippen complemented him perfectly by feeding him the ball and playing lockdown defense.

Well, it’s been 20 years since Jordan returned to the NBA after initially announcing his retirement. Pippen recently weighed in on the effect it had on him and the Bulls team by rattling off numerous tweets.

Pippen then went on to talk about “what could have been.” He said the team was set to compete for its fourth straight title, which certainly seemed like it was in the cards.

Pippen then talked about when Jordan started showing up at the Bulls’ training center, which gave him the inclination that the greatest player in NBA history was mulling over a return to the league he once dominated.

And when Jordan did officially return, it was, obviously, a huge lift for the team.

Even though he had to shake off the rust, it didn’t take MJ long to get his swagger back. He did it by torching the Knicks—a team that still doesn’t play much defense to this day! Some things never change.

Pippen then spoke about when the Bulls lost to the Magic in the 1995 NBA Playoffs. He said the loss was tough for Jordan to swallow. The GOAT obviously rebounded, though, as he and the Bulls would go on to win three consecutive titles in the years that followed.

It sure is interesting to hear Pippen open up about what happened behind the scenes as a part of one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.

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