Michael Jordan is considered by most reasonable people to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Recently, former teammate Scottie Pippin has been saying that MJ wouldn’t have reached the heights he did without him. Now, another former NBA player has come to Pippin’s defense.
37-year-old Rashad McCants spoke to Jason Whitlock on his Fearless podcast recently. McCants is a former NBA player who spent five years in the league. He also coincidentally played in college at the same school as Jordan, the University of North Carolina. Rashad took to Jordan with some very harsh words. Whitlock tweeted a video of the interview recently.
“Michael Jordan is the biggest fraud in the history of sports.” — Rashad McCants former North Carolina Tar Heel, former NBA player. McCants backs Scottie Pippen:
McCants never played with Michael Jordan, nor did he have a particularly noteworthy pro career. As a former NBA player, you do have to respect his take on the game to some extent. Going so far as to say Michael Jordan is a fraud might be a stretch.
Pippen originally shared his negative sentiment about Jordan in his memoir, Unguarded. He had plenty to say about how he felt about Michael. A lot of it was extremely negative. Pippen believes his teammates don’t get enough praise.
“They glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates.
How dare Michael treat us that way after everything we did for him and his precious brand. Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, B.J. Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, and Bill Wennington. I apologize to anyone I’ve left out.”
Pippen has also called Jordan selfish for his mid-90s retirement to try his hand as a baseball player. Despite their differences in perspective, the two were a force to be reckoned with in the 1990s. Together, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. They are one of basketballs most famed one-two punches.
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