(Audacy) Former NBA player Charles Oakley doesn't believe Bulls legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen will repair their frosty relationship.
"No, I think it’s over,” Oakley said recently on The Bill Simmons Podcast about the Jordan-Pippen relationship. “It wasn’t great from the get-go.”
Pippen has been upset by how he was depicted in "The Last Dance," the hit documentary that focused on the 1997-'98 Bulls. Jordan had editorial control of the documentary.
Oakley, Pippen and Jordan were teammates on the 1987-'88 Bulls.
“They covered Dennis Rodman more than Scottie — and Steve Kerr in ‘The Last Dance,'” Oakley said. “But my thing to that is, Kerr did way more off the court than Scottie. Dennis probably has too. But on that court, Scottie did a lot more than both of them, but Scottie felt like he was left out of there. And he felt like Jordan wouldn’t have six rings if it wasn’t for him.”
Pippen, who willingly participated in the documentary, made it well-known that he had an issue with how he was portrayed. In his new book "Unguarded," Pippen criticized Jordan’s leadership skills. He went as far as to say there wouldn't be a “Last Dance” documentary without him, let alone six championship banners hanging from the United Center rafters.
Oakley continued talking about Jordan and Pippen, adding that during their time together in Chicago, Jordan was always showering praise toward Pippen and never talked down to him.
"(Jordan) always praised Scottie, always praised Scottie," Oakley said. "He never talked down about him, but I don’t know what happened since ‘The Last Dance.’ It seems like things just — he probably said, ‘OK, Scottie said this stuff about me. OK, I’m not gonna say nothing.’ He’s not gonna say nothing back in the press, none of that, try to go back to Scottie. He’s just gonna keep doing what he’s doing — play golf, fish, relax and smoke cigars.”
Jordan was the presenter for Pippen when the latter was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. A few years later, Pippen was a participant in a charity event thrown by Jordan.
Despite their long history together, it seems like we won't see Pippen and Jordan hugging it out and reconciling anytime soon.
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