Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley spent one miserable season together with the Rockets in 1999.
Despite having those two legends and Hakeem Olajuwon, an old Houston team didn’t even win a playoff series. The Rockets traded a disgruntled Pippen to the Trail Blazers after the season.
Pippen in 1999:
“I wouldn’t give Charles Barkley an apology at gunpoint,” Pippen said, never raising his voice. “He can never expect an apology from me. . . . If anything, he owes me an apology for coming to play with his sorry fat butt.
Barkley in 1999:
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’m going to go to my truck and get my gun and see. So, if I get arrested for murder, ya’ll will know he didn’t apologize.
The feud has continued into 2021.
Pippen, via Tyler R. Tynes of GQ:
I wish he woulda went through with it. I never apologized to him, but I’ll tell you what: He only got arrested for throwing some little white guys out of a window. I ain’t never seen him fight a Black man unless there were referees around. He plays his role like he’s tough. I don’t know nobody he done whooped. Go back and check his record. Did I apologize to him? I told him to get me the hell out of there. That’s what I recall.
Barkley on ESPN 1000:
I don’t walk around saying I’m Billy Badass. But I can promise you one thing: I’m tougher then Scottie Pippen. Let me put that to rest right now. I might not be the toughest guy in the world. But I’m damn sure tougher than Scottie Pippen.
Pippen and Barkley will probably still be going back-and-forth in 2043.