Wilkins finds all that puzzling
Throughout his career, Dominique Wilkins faced off against Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen numerous times but unfortunately never had the same success despite being one of the best players in the league for a few years. Dominique was a dominant forward that could drop 30-35 points against any team in the NBA, but he was never surrounded with enough help to make that extra push in the playoffs and therefore is one of those all-time greats that never won an NBA title.
Unlike Jordan, who had Pippen and vice versa, Wilkins never really had that other dominant teammate that every championship team needs. In a recent 'Da Windy City' podcast, Wilkins said he believes Pippen should have shown more respect to his former teammate and someone he has so many ties with despite all the disagreements about specific issues. Wilkins's main argument is that they made each other winners on a legendary level, so Pippen has no reason for that type of behavior.
"It's puzzling and I don't understand why. When you win six championships, all that personal stuff goes out the window. Anytime you can win the way they won as consistently as they won six championships in seven years, what are you complaining about?"
Pippen wouldn't win without Jordan
Even though Wilkins has a lot of respect for Pippen, he couldn't help but take a subtle shot at him, stating there is no way to win all those championships alone. Michael Jordan is a top 3 player of all time for Wilkins, and even though Pippen was outstanding in his own right, he wasn't on the same level.
"Do you win it without Mike? There is no way, you don't win without Mike. I don't care what you think…you played with one of the top three or four players to ever play this game. I just don't understand the problem."
It's evident Pippen has several personal problems with Michael Jordan, but it's also true that he was selling his new book when he was making all these crazy comments. We can hope some of those negative statements were just a PR stunt to get more hype before his book comes out. Obviously, it's based on some resentment, most likely with the lack of coverage and respect, Pippen wanted in The Last Dance documentary.