3-time 6th Man of the Year Jamal Crawford erases the narrative of Scottie Pippen being a bad teammate, reveals how the Chicago legend would often help his younger teammates.
Scottie Pippen is easily one of the most underrated players in the league’s history. The Chicago Bulls forward was a great two-way superstar, who would often be given the responsibility of shutting down the opponents’ best player on the defensive end, and on the offensive end, would get buckets at will.
Even though he wasn’t the best player on the 1990s Bulls team, Pip was the greatest teammate Michael Jordan could’ve ever asked for. It was because of Scottie, that Micheal won all those 6 championships.
Despite being one of the most underpaid and underrated players in NBA history, the Hall-Of-Famer was often given hate for being a bad teammate. Whether it was in the 1994 playoffs when Scottie decided to sit out of the last play or the fact that he delayed his surgery on “purpose” during the 1997-1998 season. These two regrettable incidents in his career, would always come back and haunt him.
Jamal Crawford reveals how Scottie Pippen was a great teammate
One of Scottie Pippen’s former teammates, Jamal Crawford revealed a story erasing the narrative of Pip being a bad teammate. Back in 2020, during an interview, the 3-time Sixth Man of the Year said about Scottie:
“I played with Scottie in his final season with the Bulls in 2003 and what I learned was just his knowledge, know-how, and him always thinking the game. I think he was great for the younger guys coming up because he would always tell us what he saw.”
“He (Scottie) would teach players how to read different situations and his work ethic. So, those are the main stories with him, but he was a great teacher for the young guys, and it really helped progress a lot of the young guys in our careers.”
Even though Crawford had some great memories of Scottie being a good teammate, we have to keep in mind that all these anecdotes came towards the end of Pippen’s career. Scottie could definitely be called one of the greatest players of his era, but we cannot ignore all the on-court antics he did during the course of his 17-year long career.