Scottie Pippen Toni Kukoc
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Chicago Bulls’ legend and Hall of Famer Tony Kukoc revealed Scottie Pippen is his favorite teammate ever. Kukoc will be officially inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame Saturday.

In his chat with Sam Smith of, the Croatian legend explained why he considers Pippen his favorite teammate over Michael Jordan.

“I always say Michael probably was the best player,” said Kukoc. “Scottie, to me, was as important as Michael. Because of that idea that Scottie was taking care of the whole team and was guarding people. He would bring the ball up and would find the right people and then for Michael it was, ‘OK, take us home.'”

Jordan, Pippen and Kukoc went on to win three consecutive NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. And while Jordan often gets credited the most for his part in the run, it’s clear that Pippen was also an essential part of that team.