Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen Talked Trash to Each Other in Practice When They Were on Opposite Teams: ‘Sometimes We Are on Opposite Teams in Practice and Go At Each Other, but My Team Usually Wins’

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played 691 regular-season games together on the Chicago Bulls. They went 514-177 and won six NBA championships.

There was only one game during their Hall of Fame careers Jordan and Pippen faced each other. It was when the former was on the Washington Wizards, and the latter was on the Portland Trail Blazers. Pippen’s Blazers defeated Jordan’s Wizards on December 10, 2002, by a final score of 98-79.

During their Bulls days, Jordan and Pippen would occasionally be on separate teams in practice. Even though the games didn’t count, the two superstars would go at each other by talking a lot of trash.

Michael Jordan: Scottie Pippen and I would go at each other in practice

In 1996, Jordan told SLAM Magazine that although he and Pippen never played one-on-one, they did have some tense moments during practices when Phil Jackson put them on different teams.

“I honestly don’t know. I don’t know what would happen, but there’d be a lot of talkin’ going on,” Jordan said. “Sometimes we are on opposite teams in practice and go at each other. That’s always fun, but my team usually wins.”

Jordan and Pippen were the leaders and best players on the Bulls. They both took practices seriously, and that set the tone for the rest of the team.

Although it would have been fun to watch Jordan and Pippen be rivals and talk trash to each other in real games, Bulls fans are certainly glad the two players were on the same team.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are arguably best duo ever

Jordan and Pippen dominated the NBA in the ’90s. They guided the Bulls to six titles in an eight-year span and prevented Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and John Stockton from winning championships.

From 1990-91 to 1997-98, Jordan averaged 30.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. He didn’t play in 1993-94, but MJ returned near the end of the 1994-95 season following his baseball adventure. Meanwhile, Pippen averaged 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists during the dynasty years. Jordan was the best scorer in the NBA, while Pippen was a terrific all-around player.

For their six titles, the Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz (twice). While Jordan won all six Finals MVPs, Pippen’s superb play on both ends of the floor was incredible.

MJ and Scottie were lethal in the Finals

The Bulls played in 35 Finals games in the ’90s. They went undefeated in the Finals and never had to play in a Game 7.

Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists, while Pippen put up 19.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. Black Jesus called Pip his best teammate of all time in The Last Dance docuseries. After all, he never won a playoff series or a championship without the seven-time All-Star by his side.

Since they were both fierce competitors and elite trash-talkers, Jordan and Pippen went all out against each other in practices. While the former never punched the latter (sorry, Steve Kerr and Will Perdue), we can only assume how intense their pick-up games were. Jordan and Pippen were never afraid to call each other out because they wanted to win and knew that accountability was important to winning.

Acquiring six championships is one thing, but three-peating twice and never losing in the Finals is a tremendous feat. Jordan and Pippen will always be linked, and their success as a duo will certainly be talked about for decades in Chicago.

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