No offense to Batman and Robin, but as far as dynamic duos go, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are undoubtedly the best of the best. The Chicago Bulls icons crafted a dynasty out of almost nothing. In spite of his own place in the Hall of Fame and a trophy case to match, however, Scottie's legacy has always been eclipsed by MJ's enormous shadow. But now, after years of playing the sidekick, Scottie has finally revealed the truth behind his 30 year history with Michael Jordan... and it puts their time together on the court into a whole new light.
An unlikely pair
Scottie and Michael were truly a dynamic duo on the court, and from the stands of the United Center, they appeared to be closer than Anthony Davis' eyebrows. This might come as a surprise to some, as the legends' paths to NBA stardom were vastly different. Fame came easily to one of them, but not to the other.
Scottie's humble beginnings
A point guard in high school, Scottie learned early on that being the best basketball player in Hamburg, Arkansas, didn't really mean much. Despite leading his team to the state playoffs and earning all-conference honors as a senior, Scottie didn't receive any college scholarships after graduating. If he wanted to become a star, he'd have to fight for it.
He was a hidden gem
He managed to walk on for the University of Central Arkansas, though given the school's place in the NAIA, he received little media coverage. It wasn't until Scottie hit a growth spurt that took him to 6'8" and began dominating the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference that NBA scouts began to take notice. He wasn't just tall — he was a force to be reckoned with.
Born for greatness
Michael, on the other hand, was a star from the start. A one-man show on his Wilmington, North Carolina, high school basketball team, MJ earned a spot in the 1981 McDonald's All-American Game and received full scholarships from big-name schools like Duke, North Carolina, and Syracuse. At 18 years old, he was already well on his way to becoming a legend.