Jordan was Batman and Pippen was Robin on the Bulls. That was never a question. However, a few people thought Pippen was better than Jordan, as crazy as that sounds.
If you ever told a die-hard Jordan fan that Pippen was better than His Airness, the situation may have gotten a little heated.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were incredible together
Jordan and Pippen made each other better players, and they will always be linked to each other. In the Last Dance docuseries, Jordan said,” Whenever they mention Michael Jordan, they should speak Scottie Pippen.”
The Bulls won six titles in an eight-year span during the ’90s behind Jordan and Pippen. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz (twice). Although Jordan won all six Finals MVPs, Pippen’s all-around play was vital.
In 930 games with the Bulls, Jordan averaged 31.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. Meanwhile, Pippen finished his Chicago career with averages of 17.7 points, 6.7 boards, and 5.3 dimes. Both players have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the United Center.
Everyone knew Jordan was better than Pippen. However, a tiny fraction of people thought the opposite, and one random person almost got beat up for it.
Roy Jones Jr. almost lost his cool during a Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen debate
In 2004, Roy Jones Jr. told Jordan, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, Warren Sapp, and Ahmad Rashad a hilarious story about how he almost lost his cool and punched a fan during a Jordan-Pippen debate.
“What almost happened to me one day, and this the only time I may have almost lost my cool,” Jones Jr. said. “When the Bulls was winning a lot, I always been a Michael Jordan fan. This guy comes up to me, this guy from my city, and he comes outside and says, ‘You know what, Scottie Pippen is the best player on that team.’ I stopped. I said, ‘Don’t ever say that around me again.’ Matter fact, imma go home. Because if you say that one more time to me, I’m going to jail.”
Jones Jr. is one of the best boxers ever. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a junior middleweight and win a heavyweight title.
It’s good that Jones Jr. kept his cool and didn’t punch the person who said Pippen was better than Jordan. That would have been an ugly incident.
What are the Bulls icons up to these days?
Jordan is the majority governor of the Charlotte Hornets, while Pippen is an NBA analyst for ESPN. The two Hall of Famers were in the news last summer when Pippen said he wasn’t happy with how he was portrayed in the Last Dance.
However, Jordan and Pippen are still friends. They have too much history to allow a docuseries to ruin their brotherhood.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.