If you’re not thinking about all the possible topics they can discuss over there at the Open Court, you’re not a real basketball fan. This week, a new episode of said show was entitled “Decades”, where every person in the panel gets to pick their All-Stars in every decade starting in the 60’s.
With all the basketball minds present, it’s bound to solicit some spirited conversation. One such exchange happened after Grant Hill picked Scottie Pippen (over himself) as the starting small forward on the 90’s team.
Thomas, and even Ernie Johnson, seemed to indicate Hill was a better player than Pippen was in the 90’s.
“What’s the deal with Scottie?”, Reggie Miller asked eyes swaying back and forth at Isiah Thomas and Shaquille O’Neal’s direction.
Well, we all kinda knew about Shaq and Scottie’s Instagram word war a few months ago, but Thomas surprisingly aired his side on Pippen.
After a footage of Pippen was played saying he doesn’t want Thomas on the original Dream Team, the two-time NBA champion with the Detroit Pistons clarified it left a bad taste on his mouth when a guy like Pippen, who he obviously considered a lesser basketball player, say something like that.
“I didn’t mind Michael Jordan saying ‘I don’t want Isiah to be on the Dream Team’, and I don’t mind Larry Bird saying ‘I don’t want Isiah to be on the Dream Team’,” Thomas reacted. “But Scottie Pippen? Man, come on! You can’t say nothin’.”
“If Jordan is like ‘I’m not playing if Isiah plays’, OK. But Scottie Pippen (saying I’m not playing if Isiah plays), man go. Go to the park.”
Ouch, Scottie. We’re waiting for your word, dawg.