KG recently said he never considered playing for the Bulls because of the way they treated Jordan after his retirement. There’s a lot of benefits in keeping one of your team legends connected to the franchise, but the Bulls didn’t feel they need to nurture a relationship with the greatest of all time. More specifically, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t think so.
Scottie Pippen had a similar experience lately. Pippen was hired to be an ambassador for the Bulls, but that relationship ended before the 19/20 season. While appearing on the Thuzio Live & Unfiltered podcast, Bulls legend Scottie Pippen said he was fired from his senior advisor role with the organization.
“I got fired this year. I didn’t really want it to be in the public, but I’m no longer employed by the Bulls.”Scottie Pippen, via NBC Sports
According to sources, the issue came down what it usually comes down to billionaire sports owners – money. After Pippen got his gig at “The Jump,” and was spending more making the show, the Bulls wanted specific commitments and couldn’t agree on compensation with the Bulls legend.
“It’s probably a good thing, right? I like to associate myself with winning.”Scottie Pippen, via NBC Sports
Scottie has been critical of the Bulls this year, saying that the “Bulls’ starting lineup aren’t true starters in this league.” He stuck with his statement and said only Zach Lavine might be at a starter level for the NBA in 2020. His suggestion? Get some free agents in the building. The young talent on the roster, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., has been injured, but Pippen is also skeptical of their ability and work ethic.
The Bulls haven’t been able to get a significant free agent despite the fact they are in one of the biggest NBA markets and have such a rich history. But as Garnett revealed, their on.-court history from the 90s may be impressive, but their off-court track record is far from it. Bulls fans can hope their new VP of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas can change that. Just remember, the GM wasn’t the cause of the problem, just the symptom.