Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley have been angry with each other for more than 20 years now. Their feud began when they played together on the Houston Rockets. After the famous Chicago Bulls team broke up in 1998, Pippen went to the Rockets through a sign-and-trade deal to join Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Barkley took less money so Pippen could join the team. But Pippen wanted to leave after one year, which made Barkley angry. Barkley talked about it on TV, and Pippen got mad and said he would never apologize.
Scottie Pippen on Charles Barkley
“I wouldn’t give Charles Barkley an apology at gunpoint. So, he can never expect an apology from me. If anything, he owes me an apology for coming to play with his sorry fat b*tt,” Pippen said.
In that short season, the Rockets won 31 games and lost 19. They were kicked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers in four games. Pippen was not happy with how things went, so he decided he didn’t want to stay for another season and left the team.
Pippen was mad at Barkley and called him selfish. He said Barkley doesn’t care about winning. Michael Jordan told Pippen that Barkley won’t win because he’s not dedicated. Pippen then got traded to the Trail Blazers.
Charles Barkley reacted to Pippen’s comments
When Barkley was asked about Pippen’s comment about not apologizing even if forced at gunpoint, he had a funny reply to it.
“He said he would never apologize. But, as you know, I always carry a gun with me. So, there is a chance. There is a chance. I’ma go to go to my truck and get my gun and see. So, if I get arrested for murder, y’all will know he didn’t apologize,” Barkley said.
Barkley said Jordan called him and said he never made the comments Pippen claimed. Barkley never won a championship. He stopped playing in the 1999-00 season because of a leg injury. He returned for one final game before retiring.
Before the Blazers lost in seven games to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in 2000, Pippen was on the verge of winning his seventh title. He continued to play for the Bulls for four more seasons before retiring in 2004.