Hall of Famer Michael Jordan put together an illustrious career that saw him experience tremendous success. The best of that came alongside fellow Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, with the two earning six NBA titles together with the Chicago Bulls. However, there was some internal friction at times between the two of them that played out behind the scenes. One of those incidents drew some ire and jealousy from Jordan toward Pippen for something that stemmed off the court.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Success
Through the first several years of his career, Jordan had established himself as one of the league’s best all-around talents.
He struggled to get over the hump in the playoffs, in which the addition of Pippen played a significant part along with Hall of Fame head coach Phil Jackson in helping the Bulls reach the mountaintop. That saw them lead the Bulls to NBA titles in six trips to the NBA Finals in between Jordan pair of retirements during the 1990s.
Pippen came into his own as a two-way player that was a more than capable scorer and an elite defender. That, combined next to Jordan, made them a juggernaut duo in the league that was seemingly unmatched during their time together.
It saw them take their respective games to the next level behind their competitive nature, which also extended off the court.
Why Michael Jordan was jealous of Scottie Pippen
Jordan’s unwithering competitive nature is what drove him to much success on the court but also brought the best out of Pippen as the two were the Bulls’ driving forces.
However, that competition didn’t stop off the court as that reportedly went into their personal lives. As former Bulls longtime assistant coach Johnny Bach voiced that Jordan had jealousy toward Pippen in regards to women, in particular, that music artist Madonna had shot him down in favor of his teammate. (H/T Essentially Sports)
“You should have seen the girls Pippen had waiting for him everywhere we went. Madonna used to pick him up in a limo with a hot tub every time we went to L.A. Michael used to tell Madonna he could satisfy her better, to which Madonna would tell him “not a chance.”
As crazy as it sounds, Jordan found a way to be competitive as just about everything off the court. The fact he had some disdain in that regard only shows that he didn’t have an off switch even away from the game of basketball.
It just speaks to the type of person that Jordan is that found a way to motivate himself in any manner to prove that he’s better. There are likely many more stories of his competitiveness that only further show just that.
Michael Jordan’s legendary competitiveness
If there was one quality that stood out about Jordan was that he had an unmatched competitive fire that pushed his game to great heights.
Although this story concerns a matter off the court, it further shows that this internal drive was something that extended to all facets of his life. In terms of his basketball career, that mentality is at the core of what made him arguably the greatest player in NBA history.
Jordan had the physical gifts and impressive basketball IQ, but it was his mental approach to the game that took that to the next level. He had tiffs with his teammates, which came from getting the best out of himself or his teammates to reach that mountaintop of success.
Jordan was a one-of-a-kind player that has ingrained himself as a legendary figure in NBA history.