In an unprecedented event, Michael Jordan had to come out of the second NBA retirement to play the only game against the best teammate he had in the Chicago Bulls: Scottie Pippen.
Listed as one of the greatest duos in NBA history , Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen could not retire without adding an unexpected chapter to the legacy they left in the league: the only game in which two of Chicago’s greatest legends faced each other. Bulls.
Two NBA retirements had to happen for Jordan to reignite the flame of the best basketball in the world. Michael arrived at the Washington Wizards and in 2002 he had one of the most remembered games of his career without the Chicago Bulls uniform. He faced no one else and no one less than Pippen.
On December 9, 2002, the Wizards faced the Portland Trail Blazers with the appeal of the first and last game between two NBA legends: Michael Jordan vs. Scottie Pippen. The promise was an unmissable confrontation, but time passes for everyone.
As if they didn’t want to outshine each other, both Jordan and Pippen finished with 14 points each in the Blazers’ 98-79 win over the Wizards. However, Scottie had a better game , as he had 7 rebounds and 5 assists as opposed to the 5 boards and an assist from Michael.
Michael Jordan talked about the game
“I know Pip, and I know he wanted to come out and play well. Believe me, I wanted to come out and play well, too. His horses were ready, and my mules were sick. I have to take some razzing for the time being.” said Michael Jordan about the loss to Scottie in the only NBA game that had them as rivals.