Scottie Pippen’s tirades against Michael Jordan had been the talk of the town in recent weeks. Pip burned bridges, even with former coach Phil Jackson, who he accused of being racist. Bill Wennington, who was there when it happened, claims there was no bad blood whatsoever in the Bulls locker room back then.
Wennington: Everyone was getting along
Bill, a 3-time champion with the Bulls, is very skeptical of Pippen’s allegations towards Michael Jordan. Either Scottie is lying, or the Bulls were just good at being professional on the court. Whatever they had against each other, they did not let it affect their focus on winning multiple championships.
Wennington reveals he’s reading Pippen’s book, and he has no idea what happened to his teammate. For him, everybody got along fine during their time.
“It’s tough, I didn’t see it back then and I don’t know if I had rose-colored blinders on but I didn’t see it. Everyone was getting along; everyone was hanging out together and doing things. I don't know if something has happened with Scottie, I respect his opinion.”
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Scottie’s revelations surprised many and drew ire from former players and analysts. Creating noise to sell a book is one thing; burning bridges and accusing former teammates and friends of some things is another. The Bulls were not spared, as well as the Houston Rockets. Number 33 claimed joining Houston was a mistake.
What happened to Wennington?
It’s easy to remember Chicago Bulls as MJ, Pippen, and Dennis Rodman’s team, but the team would not have had such success if supporting players such as Bill Wennington did not exist. In his six seasons in Chicago, Bill won a 3-peat (‘96, ‘97, ‘98). He did not make a single All-Star team, but he did have some All-Star level highlights.
Wennington’s 13-year career saw him play for Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, and Bulls. After playing, he became a sideline reporter and radio color commentator for Chicago. For him, one of the highlights of his career was being a part of the 72-10 Bulls, which won the title in 1996.
For sure, Wennington will not be the last member of the Bulls team to share his opinions on the Pippen-Jordan war. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how long Scottie can keep up with his allegations and stories. Let’s just hope once the books have been sold, he will return to his old self.