Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins has advised Scottie Pippen to let go of his grudge against former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan as Pippen continues to make snide remarks about Jordan.
In an interview with VladTV, Wilkins expressed his thoughts on the iconic Bulls team that won six championships during their dynasty. He acknowledged the greatness of Jordan and Pippen, but also emphasized that the team’s success relied on their collective contributions.
“When I heard (Pippen) say (Jordan) hadn’t won any rings before (his arrival), I said to myself, ‘What the hell happened to Scottie?'” Wilkins said. Like, you don’t win those rings without Jordan. “
Wilkins said Jordan was the greatest player when it came to his all-around game, and said Jordan and Pippen should reconcile and put their differences aside.
“You know, sometimes, everybody wants to be king, but everybody can’t,” Wilkins said. “Like I said, no matter what issues he has, both of them are going to keep going and, I mean, feel capable of making some things happen.
“You’re talking about 20, 30 years away, come on, you’ve got to give that stuff up, man, because what can you achieve from it, really? What can you get out of it?”
Another important aspect of Jordan and Pippen’s feud is the fact that Jordan’s son Marcus is in a relationship with Pippen’s ex-wife Larsa, a fact that complicates the situation.
Larsa and Scotty were married in 1997, but their relationship hit difficulties, leading to their separation in December 2021.
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“Would Jordan have won six rings without Scottie?” Wilkins said. “Probably not, but at the same time, you couldn’t even get to that position without Jordan. I mean, anybody who knows the game, looks like it, and anybody who played against Mike, you know Knowing what a fierce competitor he is.
“Right now, they’ve got a great contributor in Chicago. Yeah, they’ve got a great guy in Scottie Pippen. Horace Grant. You’ve got (Tony) Kukoc. You’ve got (Steve) ) Kerr and (John) Paxson. Yeah, you have a great core on that team. So, all those guys and everybody, right, man, everybody embraced their role and that’s the difference.
“But Scotty’s dealing with something else, man, and I don’t know what it is. I wish I could tell you.”