In 1992, before Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Toni Kukoc won three championships together or were even teammates in Chicago, they had a beef. Well, the beef wasn't really between Jordan, Pippen, and Kukoc. Rather, it was between the best duo of all time and the Bulls general manager Jerry Krause.
In ESPN's documentary "The Dream Team", Michael Jordan said — "Krause was recruiting this guy and talking how great he was. You know that's like a father who has all his kids and now he sees another kid that he loves more than he loves his own. So, we were not playing against Toni Kukoc, we were playing against Jerry Krause in a Croatian uniform."
Kukoc was a versatile 6'11 stud who had already made a name for himself over in Europe at a young age. He won several European titles for his hometown team of KK Jugoplastika. Therefore, quite naturally, Jerry Kraus was very proud of landing Kukoc at the beginning of the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft.
Apparently, Krause was saving money under the salary cap to pay the Croatian. The problem was that Pippen, then a growing superstar, wanted to renegotiate his current contract that was paying him only $750,000 a year, but Krause didn't want to hear it.
Scottie ended up getting his money, but only after it was apparent that Kukoc was going to spend several more seasons overseas. That resulted in lingering resentment from not only Pippen but Michael Jordan as well.
When the 1992 Olympics came around, Pippen and Jordan were able to get their "revenge" on Krause. The Dream Team squared off against Kukoc's loaded Croatian squad including Dražen Petrović, Dino Rađa, and a few other NBA players. Ultimately, the Bulls duo, especially Pippen, made it a point to make Kukoc's life a living hell.