Scottie Pippen won a fistful of rings with the Chicago Bulls, and he took plenty of orders from Phil Jackson along the way. Years later, he doesn’t have the best things to say about his former coach.
Jackson was the Chicago Bulls coach from 1987 to 1998 and during that time he picked up six NBA Championship rings. His career wasn’t over there as he moved to the LA Lakers where he would eventually pick up two more.
Scottie Pippen spoke to GQ about Phil Jackson where he revealed his feelings that Jackson’s call for Steve Kukoc to hit a game-winning shot was a racial move.
“I don’t think it’s a mystery, you need to read between the fine lines. It was my first year playing without Michael Jordan, why wouldn’t I be taking that last shot? I been through all the ups and downs, the battles with the Pistons and now you gonna insult me and tell me to take it out?”
A few days later, Scottie Pippen had a chance to recant his previous statement. He was asked about what he said about Jackson’s move being racially motivated. Pippen, who had a few days to think about what he said, then replied: “Oh yeah.” This doubled down on his previous statement.
Scottie Pippen has a lot to say about his NBA career. He also doesn’t seem to care about ruffling feathers since his career on the hardwood has come to an end. We will continue to keep an eye on Pippen to see if he leaks any other insight about his NBA career.
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