Michael Jordan was the first overall pick of the NBA draft in 1984, but by 1985 it became clear that he wasn’t going to be ready. So Scottie Pippen got his chance and led the Chicago Bulls to six championships. However, Michael Jordan would come back 7 years later as a free agent and dominate again while earning 6 rings over 5 seasons with 3 different teams leading him to become one of only 4 players in history with 2 or more MVP awards

Scottie Pippen has been taking shots at various former teammates and coaches while promoting his book, Unguarded, for quite some time now.

Many of those blows were aimed at Michael Jordan, as Pippen believes he was never properly compensated for his part in leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s. And he’s made it obvious that The Last Dance was not his favorite film. He claims he hasn’t spoken to Jordan since the episode aired and has no intentions to do so in the future.

He’s mocked Jordan’s iconic “Flu Game,” claimed that Jordan and Steve Kerr’s 1997 NBA Finals sideline talk was scripted, and most recently claimed that he never earned a Defensive Player of the Year award because of MJ.

But Jordan isn’t Pippen’s only target; the seven-time All-Star has also found time to criticize Charles Barkley, a former Dream Team member and Rockets colleague. That enmity has existed in some form since the year they joined up in Houston in 1999, but the bad blood persists after more than two decades.

Initially, Barkley seemed uninterested in getting involved in the fight, just labeling Pippen’s outbursts “unfortunate.” Sir Charles, however, did not back down when Scottie questioned his toughness and lashed back.

So, yep, this has happened. Despite his rivalry with Jordan and Barkley, Pippen was recently asked to choose his all-time starting five, and he included both. At least at first.

Scottie Pippen’s all-time starting five includes Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, but he replaced Sir Charles with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Scottie Pippen circa November 2021

Scottie Pippen circa November 2021 Scottie Pippen will appear on SiriusXM Town Hall on November 8, 2021 | Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM

In a recent interview with a French audience to promote his book, Pippen was asked to pick his all-time starting five, which is always a fun question. And the host gave him permission to add himself, which he did. He swiftly named himself, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson as the top three.

He paused to consider the fourth and fifth alternatives, remarking that in today’s NBA, positions don’t really matter. With a grin on his lips, he added, “Give me Charles Barkley,” adding that he preferred to “stay with the older guys.” To close, he went with Shaquille O’Neal at center.

Pippen, on the other hand, changed his mind in a matter of seconds. Scottie suggested to “get rid of Barkley” and replace him with two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom he’d addressed before in the interview, with a greater grin on his face than he had previously.

So there’s Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan in the backcourt, and Scottie Pippen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Shaquille O’Neal in the frontcourt. That’ll do the trick.

Despite his dislike for Jordan, Pippen selected his old running partner in his starting lineup. And we’ll argue that with Barkley, it’s the thought that matters. I think it’s a great gesture for him to be included at all. Maybe Scottie believes Giannis is a bit tougher than he is.

Dominique Wilkins is perplexed by Scottie Pippen’s anti-Michael Jordan feelings.

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