The Chicago Bulls dynasty was one of the most dominant in the history of the NBA. They won two three-peats, and the team they had during their second one is considered by many to be the greatest in NBA history. Michael Jordan was the main man, but Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen both also excelled in their roles. They perhaps never got as much credit as they deserved, and it certainly became a sore point for Pippen later in his life.
It's not that MJ doesn't acknowledge the role Scottie played in delivering success for the Bulls, he once said that there would be no Michael Jordan without Scottie Pippen. But Jordan was the alpha on the team, and considering his status as the greatest ever, he cast quite a long shadow. And while Mike was often in control of everything around him, there were times when things would catch him off guard as well.
Dennis Rodman Explained That Michael Jordan Wasn't Fond Of Answering Questions About Scottie Pippen And Other Players
Michael Jordan is an almost mythical being in that everyone wants to know as much about him as they can. And his former teammates and analysts of the time oblige by sharing stories of his glory days. Those stories are mostly ones about his greatness, although speaking in an interview with ESPN in 2020, Rodman revealed the things that sometimes made the GOAT a little anxious.
“If you saw Michael Jordan talk about people on that team, especially Scottie Pippen, he talked so highly of Scottie Pippen. So much he almost got in tears talking about Scottie Pippen. But when the reporters started asking Michael about Scottie Pippen, Michael got perturbed. He got perturbed and said, Why don’t you go ask Scottie?’”
Jordan and Pippen have a complex relationship. It's hard for them not to consider the dynamics of how they are perceived. It has only gotten worse since retirement, Pippen reportedly didn't come for the NBA's 75th Anniversary celebration because of it. And MJ's son Marcus reportedly dating Pippen's ex-wife Larsa certainly cannot have helped either.
Ultimately, as the main man, Jordan answering questions about his teammates probably could have led to more complicated situations. The fact that he didn't like it remains his prerogative. But for fans that grew up on the greatness of those teams, it surely would be fantastic to watch Scottie and Michael be on better terms.