Corridor of Famer Scottie Pippen has thrown shade at his longtime Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan, extensively thought-about the best basketball participant of all time, for the reason that 2020 debut of the Jordan-centric docuseries “The Final Dance.” Now, Pippen is directing his criticism towards the participant extensively often known as soccer’s best of all time.
In an interview with GQ Sports activities, Pippen mentioned it is “exhausting” to anoint Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady the NFL‘s finest participant ever as a result of soccer is a group sport.
“It is exhausting to position Tom Brady on the high of the NFL,” Pippen mentioned. “Despite the fact that he is gained a whole lot of championships. There are nearly 70 gamers on every group, so is he taking part in on each aspect of the soccer? Is he on kickoff? Is he on the punt returns? As a result of if he ain’t taking part in all them roles, then he bought to offer credit score to his group.”
Whereas Brady will not be lining up as a gunner or kick returner any time quickly, his affect on the Buccaneers and New England Patriots has been immeasurable.
Brady has gained seven Tremendous Bowls over his 21 NFL seasons, accounting for a 3rd of the league’s Lombardi Trophies since his arrival in 2000. Individually, the 44-year-old has three MVPs, 5 All-Professional choices, 14 Professional Bowl appearances and made the 2000s and 2010s All-Decade groups.
Pippen’s trigger for hesitation with Brady and Jordan are related. In his recently-released memoir “Unguarded,” Pippen claimed the Bulls gained six championships throughout the Jordan period as a result of they performed “group basketball.” Pippen even described himself as a “significantly better teammate” than Jordan, who he referred to as “unsuitable” for berating the remainder of the squad.
“We did not win six championships as a result of he bought on guys,” Pippen wrote. “We gained despite his getting on guys. We gained as a result of we performed group basketball, which hadn’t been the case my first two seasons, when Doug Collins was our coach. That is what was particular about taking part in for the Bulls: the camaraderie we established with each other, not that we felt blessed to be on the identical group with the immortal Michael Jordan.”
Pippen wasn’t mincing phrases earlier than his memoir’s launch, and he hasn’t stopped since.