‘I Probably Should’ve Listened to Michael’
Michael is a well-known and respected internet celebrity and podcaster that has gained millions of followers over the decades. Recently, Michael made an important decision that he now regrets: He stopped listening to his friends in order to make money on YouTube. The fallout from this decision was difficult for Michael’s community members, but also taught them all valuable lessons about what it means to be true fans of someone they admire.
Scottie Pippen’s most recent public slams of Michael Jordan make it seem as though he despises the concept of MJ serving as a counselor. However, Pippen’s past contradicts this notion.
After the Bulls’ dynasty ended in 1999, the all-world defender stated in 1999 that he should have listened Jordan’s warnings about Charles Barkley’s work ethic before signing with the Houston Rockets.
After Michael Jordan retired and the Bulls’ dynasty came to an end, Scottie Pippen signed a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets.
In 1998, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the Chicago Bulls won their sixth championship, but the dynasty was short-lived.
Phil Jackson, the team’s head coach, announced his retirement at the conclusion of the season. As a result, MJ decided to end it a career, despite earlier stating that he would not play for another coach. Meanwhile, after seeking a trade from the Bulls early in the 1997-98 season, Pippen had a chance to design a fresh path for a different team. The abrupt collapse of the powerful Bulls stunned the NBA, including John Stockton.
Pippen agreed to a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Houston Rockets in a sign-and-trade arrangement. With Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon, he formed something of a “Big Three.”
While all three players were on the decline in terms of their careers, the Rockets’ roster’s star power offered them a solid opportunity to compete. But everything started to fall apart, owing to the deteriorating relationship between Pippen and Barkley.
As he publicly chastised Chrles Barkley for a perceived lack of work ethic, Pippen stated he regretted not listening to Jordan.
Before sharing the court in Houston, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley had a lot in common.
Both guys competed for Team USA in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. They had previously developed a mutual regard as opponents in the NBA Finals in 1993. Pippen may have believed he could build a functioning relationship with the Round Mound of Rebound, despite Michael Jordan’s objections.
During their playing days, Jordan and Barkley enjoyed a strong bond. Regardless of the off-court dynamics, MJ has always wanted to battle against Chuck. He also questioned Barkley’s motivation, something Pippen did not take long to do.
The Rockets finished 31-19 during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers. Between Pippen and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, there never appeared to be much cohesion or alignment. He requested to be traded, which sparked a verbal battle between himself and Chuck.
According to ESPN, Barkley voiced displeasure with Pippen’s intention to depart Houston after only one season, implying that he paid less for Scottie to join with the Rockets in the first place. Chuck was called “fat” and “selfish” by Pippen in response. He expressed regret for rejecting Jordan’s counsel concerning Barkley’s apparent lack of commitment.
“I probably should’ve listened to Michael (Jordan) when he warned a year ago that Charles would never win a championship because he lacks focus.”
–Scottie Pippen (ESPN, 1999)
The reprimanding went on. Pippen questioned Barkley’s motivation and leadership, implying that Chuck was more concerned with his stats than with winning. Pip thought it was a mistake to squander the best years of his career on an outdated squad with no direction.
Scottie eventually got his dream. The Rockets traded him to the Trail Blazers, who came close to defeating the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
Nonetheless, Pippen had virtually squandered a year of his professional career. He could have prevented it if he’d just listened to the guy he’d been so quick to condemn previously.
When Pippen needs Jordan’s help, why is he so quick to criticize him?
Left to Right: Sporting News via Getty Images | Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen (L), and Michael Jordan (R) and Getty Images/John Harrelson
At least until 2021, Scottie Pippen may criticize Michael Jordan for his alleged self-glorification and belittling of the Bulls in The Last Dance. His condemnations, on the other hand, are baffling.
Before the 1987 NBA Draft, a youthful Pippen jumped at the chance to play with His Airness. During Scottie’s first few seasons in the NBA, Mike aided him in realizing his star potential. During The Last Dance, Pippen said that he needed MJ to play the “bad guy” in order for him and his teammates to progress. Finally, Pip took MJ’s professional counsel into consideration, as seen by his experience with Barkley and the Rockets.
Pip owed a lot of his success to Jordan, and although claiming that they were friends, he clearly sought Jordan’s assistance on a number of occasions.
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