Scottie Pippen just called Phil Jackson racist.
On the show Dan Patrick, the six-time NBA champion called Jackson into a conversation centered around Jackson’s decision to give the final shot of a crucial playoff game to Toni Kukoč instead of Pippen in 1994.
No one really knows if Jackson is racist, but, over the course of Jackson’s career, certain incidents have led to whispers of racism from the Hall of Fame coach.
Jackson was extremely critical of Kobe Bryant in the books he published, saying Bryant was “uncoachable.” He also called LeBron James’ business partners black, and they include director Maverick Carter and agent Rich Paul, among others, as “pusse”In an ESPN interview and he had his cow with Carmelo Anthony on whom he was guilty of falling for the Knicks while Jackson was in charge of the New York Knicks.
“I don’t think it’s a mystery, you have to read between the lines.” It was my first year playing without Michael Jordan, so I wouldn’t take the last shot, ”Pippen said.“ I’ve experienced all the ups and downs, the battles with the Pistons and now you insult me and tell me to hunt him? I think it was a pretty low shot. I feel like that was an opportunity to give [Kukoč] a lift. It was a racial move to give it a go. After all that I went through with this organization, now will you tell me to kick the ball and throw it to Toni Kukoč? You insult me. That’s how I felt. ”
FYI: Kukoč, with 1.8 seconds per hour, hit the winner of the game with Pippen refusing to take the court.
Jackson could be racist or Pippen could speak recklessly or he could be both, honestly. I have no idea. But Pippen has been in the public eye recently for some of his comments on current players, such as Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons. Pippen infamously said Durant did not surpass LeBron even as the best player in the world and then said Ben Simmons was too “afraid to be humiliated” in court because of his shot.
Durant fired Pippen on Twitter for being in his feelings about Jackson calling it a piece for a better shooter.
Pippen took to Twitter earlier today to double his criticisms of both Jackson and Michael Jordan on the Dan Patrick Show. Pippen called some of Jordan’s decisions “selfish.”
That man Pippen speaks his mind freely and clearly doesn’t care.
It will be interesting to see what comes of Pippen in the coming months.