Bill Walton Jan 2, 2020; Boulder, Colorado, USA; ESPN broadcaster Bill Walton before the game between the Oregon Ducks against the Colorado Buffaloes at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen recently turned heads when he lambasted former teammate Michael Jordan.

Speaking during a podcast interview, Pippen called Jordan a “horrible player” early in his career and said that current NBA star LeBron James had a better statistical career than anyone who has ever played in the league.

Those comments drew the ire of Jordan’s and Pippen’s fellow Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

“I’m shocked and dismayed and those words are not strong enough to relate my feelings as the way that Scottie Pippen treats Michael Jordan,” Walton said recently on Scoop Radio.

“It was a remarkable privilege and honor to have that position and to witness the greatness of that team,” Walton said. “I’m a team guy. I love the team game. That’s why I’m super happy with what happened with the Denver Nuggets. The team game, the passing, the selflessness, that’s what always leads to ultimate group dynamic success, and that’s what the Bulls had.”

As Fox News noted, Pippen released a memoir back in November 2021 that also criticized Jordan’s leadership and “only amplified the beef between the two.” Other NBA observers have speculated the recent flare-up could be related to Jordan’s son, Marcus, dating Pippen’s ex-wife.

[Fox News]