Shaquille O’Neal has never been one to mince his words, so it’s no shock that he had such a strong take on Scottie Pippen and him blasting Michael Jordan.
Scottie has said a ton of things about his former teammate and possibly former friend, but he better never say that he was the better player of the two in front of Shaq.
Pippen never said he was better than Jordan. He said he was a better teammate and as good as him. However, if he plans on taking it to the next level, Shaq will set him straight.
“He didn’t say that,” O’Neal said. “He never said that. If that man say that in front of me, imma hit him right in his esophagus. Bro, do not finish that sentence. He’s trying to, well, I don’t wanna put words in his mouth, I think he’s trying to sell his book.”
As his way of retaliating to the ‘Last Dance’ documentary, Pippen wrote that Jordan wasn’t a good teammate in his book.
“I was a much better teammate than Michael ever was,” Pippen wrote. “Ask anyone who played with the two of us. I was always there with a pat on the back or an encouraging word, especially after he put someone down for one reason or another. I helped the others to believe in and stop doubting themselves. In the doc, Michael attempted to justify the occasions in which he berated a teammate in front of the group. He felt these guys needed to develop the toughest to get past the NBA’s more physical teams. Seeing again how poorly Michael treated his teammates, I cringed, as I did back then.”
Aside from his fluctuating best player ever takes, Pippen had never taken shots at Jordan in the media until that documentary came out in 2020.
What has been said and done now will likely keep them from ever speaking with each other.
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