There is no denying that one of, if not the most controversial moment in Scottie Pippen’s career with the Chicago Bulls was his unbelievable decision to refuse to enter the end of the game during the 1994 playoffs.
It was Game 3 of the second round against fierce rivals the New York Knicks, and with Pippen not agreeing with a play called by then-head coach Phil Jackson during the dying seconds of the tightly-contested matchup, the former decided to sit out the remainder of the game.
Pippen opened up about that infamous incident in Sunday’s episode of The Last Dance, and the Hall of Famer double downed on his decision, saying that he does not regret his actions:
“It’s one of those incidents where I wish it never happened but if I had a chance to do it over again, I wouldn’t change it.”
Pippen did say that he hoped he was never put in that situation, but also made it abundantly clear that to this very day, he stands by his decision.
Pippen was not happy about how Jackson called the final play for teammate Toni Kukoc, and at that moment, Pippen felt that he had to express his disagreement with his coach. Fortunately, the Michael Jordan-less Bulls still ended up winning that game, but they ultimately lost the series to the Knicks in seven games.
That was a split-second decision — and something that Pippen does not regret — that continues to haunt the Bulls legend nearly two decades later.