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Olden Polynice

MJ Woulda Had 3 More Rings

Had Bulls Kept Me Over Pippen

10/24/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102414_olden_polynice_launchThe Chicago Bulls made a HUUUGE mistake when they traded Olden Polynice for Scottie Pippen back in 1987 ... so says O.P. who claims the team would've won THREE MORE RINGS.

The 49-year-old ex-NBA star was out in L.A. this week and talked about the blockbuster trade from the '87 NBA Draft ... when he was selected by the Bulls as the 8th overall pick -- but was then immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Pippen. 

 "We were never SUPPOSED to be traded," Olden tells us ... "If I had played for Chicago, we woulda won more titles."

"And I didn't have migraines early on in my career ... I've never had migraines like Scottie ... so there were a couple of years they really could've beaten Detroit ... and they didn't."

BTW -- Scottie was ranked as one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the NBA ... but Olden says that stat doesn't matter -- he would have been the better man for the Bulls. 

In fact, O.P. says had the Bulls kept him -- instead of Pippen -- they would've won at least 3 more titles (9 overall) ... and Michael Jordan "woulda been knockin' on Bill Russell's door."

Check out the clip.

Michael Jordan

Could Still 'Embarrass' NBA Players

... Says Al Jefferson

3/12/2014 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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51-year-old Michael Jordan could still DESTROY some NBA players ... despite the fact he hasn't played in the league in more than a decade ... so says Charlotte Bobcats big man Al Jefferson

Now that Al plays for MJ's team ... we had to ask if he's ever challenged his boss to a little 1-on-1 when no one was looking. 

"Nah, he might beat me ... embarrass me man ... hurt my confidence!"

Al could have a point -- after all, MJ was seen DUNKING at a shoot-around session a couple of months ago. 

Baller. 

ESPN Announcer

Did He Drop an F-Bomb

During NBA Broadcast?

3/8/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


During last night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Jon Barry either dropped a very causal F-bomb or ... well, we really don't have another option.

As Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drained a midrange jumper, Barry remarked, "four f**king jumpers he's knocked down."

It's possible Barry said something else (one site postulated he was trying to say "flat-footed" jumpers), but it's clear he got a little tongue-tied.

[h/t the ironically named Fire Jon Barry]

Grizzlies Star Zach Randolph

Screw Memphis

I'm Reppin THE BULLS

11/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Zach Randolph
has some serious 'splainin' to do ... 'cause the Memphis Grizzlies star hit up the L.A. club scene this weekend wearing a CHICAGO BULLS HAT ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Randolph and his crew rolled into Greystone Manor in Hollywood on Sunday night ... and even though he didn't feel like talking, he definitely made a huge statement with his choice of headgear.

Of course, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took a TON of heat for a similar situation earlier this year ... when he was seen out with a Miami Dolphins hat on.

Some of his teammates -- and other players in the league -- went after Colin, saying he made a huge mistake by wearing another team's logo. Many players and fans believe it sends the wrong message about the player's loyalty.

So, the question is ...

Michael Jordan

I'd Destroy LeBron in 1-on-1

... But Not Kobe

10/1/2013 7:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jordan says there's only one guy who would beat him in a game of 1-on-1 ... and it ain't LeBron James -- it's Kobe Bryant.

MJ made the statement in a video promoting the NBA 2K14 -- while talking about a bunch of NBA legends he would've liked to ball against in their prime, including Jerry West, D-Wade, Carmelo, Kobe, LeBron and more.

"I don't think I would lose," Jordan says ... adding, "other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves."

MJ was later asked who was the better player -- Kobe or LBJ -- and explained, "In terms of dominance in the game of basketball at this stage, it's LeBron."

But he added, "Championshipwise, it's Kobe."

Scottie Pippen 911

Victim 'Knocked Unconscious'

... 'Suspect Fled'

7/5/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scottie Pippen
fled the scene after knocking a fan unconscious outside a Malibu restaurant last month ... this according to the 911 tape obtained by TMZ.

During the call, an emergency responder communicates with 911 dispatch ... who says the victim was knocked out cold outside Nobu. The incident was described as an assault.

But the crazy part ... the dispatcher says the "suspect fled," leaving the victim unconscious in the parking lot. Pretty effed up.

As we reported, Pippen has accused the victim of calling him the n-word and spitting at him, which is why Pippen attacked. The victim has since denied the allegations, saying he just wanted a photo.

Pippen has already spoken with authorities about the fight, and he was NOT arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

Michael Jordan

TRIED TO TAKE MY VIRGINITY

Says Ex-MTV Star Kennedy

7/2/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NBA legend Michael Jordan tried to win entrance into Kennedy's vagina during a steamy dice game back in 1995 ... so says the former MTV star, who claims she was a virgin at the time.

Kennedy -- who was a huge MTV VJ back in the '90s -- details the encounter in her new book "The Kennedy Chronicles" ... explaining how she was having dinner with MJ and Russell Simmons at the Bowery Bar in NYC, when Michael broke out some dice.

Before long, Kennedy says, Jordan decided it was "time to play for something" ... and said, "If I win, you come back to my hotel room with me tonight."

Kennedy says she freaked out because she was a virgin --and imagined MJ's giant penis would "eviscerate me from the inside out" ... so she asked if they could play for Knicks tickets instead.

And that's when Jordan allegedly reminded Kennedy he had a wife -- and offered her Nets tickets as a consolation.

"Sure, he'll filet my vag like a sea bass if he won at dice on a men's room floor," Kennedy writes ... "but as soon as I want basketball tickets he's a Promise Keeper? Whatevs."

Kennedy says she won the dice game anyway -- so her vag was never in any real danger.

We reached out to MJ for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Derrick Rose

Are You Still Limping?

7/2/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Is it just us ... or was NBA superstar Derrick Rose LIMPING AROUND on his bad knee this weekend ... 14 months after tearing his ACL????

The Chicago Bulls point guard was on his way into Madeo in L.A. Friday night ... when we noticed the guy still had a little gimp in his step during the short walk from his car to the restaurant.

According to reports, Rose was medically cleared to get back on the court in MARCH ... but didn't because he didn't feel he was physically and mentally 100%.

There was doubt (and lots of criticism) when Rose didn't come back for the 2013 NBA Playoffs -- but now, after watching the guy gingerly stroll into Madeo, it seems the former MVP is still far from 100%.

... unless, Rose was just walkin' with mad swag.

Scottie Pippen Victim

He Spit at ME

I Never Said the N-Word

6/27/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Scottie Pippen
's brawl with a fan outside Nobu in Malibu was totally unprovoked -- so says Scottie's alleged victim, who tells TMZ, he never ONCE said the n-word ... and simply asked for a photo.

The 48-year-old -- who didn't want to be named -- tells us, he first spotted Scottie inside the restaurant on Sunday while waiting for a table.

The fan, his girlfriend and Scottie eventually ended up sitting near each other ... so the fan says he asked to take a photo with the NBA legend for his 12-year-old son.

According to the guy, Scottie didn't want to get up from his table to pose with him, but allowed the fan to take a photo of him sitting down (below).

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When the fan saw Scottie leaving, he says he approached the ex-Bulls star in the parking lot -- thinking it wasn't a big deal -- and again asked for a pic WITH Scottie, knowing it would mean a lot to his son.

He tells us Scottie turned and said, "I told you no motherf***er" ... and then spit at him and punched him, at which point the victim fell to the ground. He says the last thing he remembers is seeing Pippen's shoe coming at his face.

According to the victim, he woke up in the hospital Monday with a concussion, fractured ribs, busted lip and chin, a broken tailbone, and possible brain injuries. He's back at home now.

As for Pippen's allegation the man spewed the n-word and spit at him ... the fan says not true -- "It’s sad to see Scottie is trashing me. I never called him the N word, and I haven’t done anything to that guy ... What’s the big deal? Taking one picture with a fan."

The man says police have already interviewed him and his girlfriend, but right now he doesn't plan to sue. "I'm not thinking about anything at the moment but getting better."

Calls to Scottie's people weren't returned.

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Scottie Pippen

Beatdown Victim Spit at Me

Called Me the N-Word

6/25/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Scottie Pippen
's claiming he attacked a fan in Malibu this weekend in self-defense ... after the man called him the n-word and then spit at him.

Sources close to Pippen tell us, the middle-aged man who got his ass kicked by Pippen outside Nobu Sunday night was a drunk, overly aggressive fan who had been badgering Pippen for attention all evening ... beginning inside Nobu, where Pippen was eating with friends.

At one point, we're told one of Pippen's dinner guests went to the bathroom ... and the man sat in the guest's place ... continuing to pester Pippen with questions. We're told Pippen bit his tongue and politely asked the man to leave.

After the meal, we're told Pippen agreed to take a photo with the man outside the restaurant ... but the man continued to be aggressive, demanding an autograph as well. Pippen refused and we're told that's when the man dropped the n-bomb, shoved the NBA legend, then spat at him.

Sources close to Pippen say he lost it when the spit landed on his young daughter -- and Pippen flew into attack mode.

As we reported, the alleged victim was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital with severe injuries to his head, face, and back. Pippen has since spoken with authorities and he was not arrested.

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Pippen's Alleged Victim

Photos After the Beatdown

6/25/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_scottie_pippen_victim_ambulance_paramedic_pictures_launchThe guy ex-NBA star Scottie Pippen allegedly knocked out in Malibu was so injured he was removed by ambulance ... and TMZ has the first photos from the scene.

We broke the story ... police have questioned Pippen about the violent incident that went down outside Nobu Sunday night.

The alleged victim is an autograph seeker who, we're told, suffered injuries to his head and back, and even broke some teeth when the Chicago Bulls legend allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.

Although police interviewed Pippen about the brawl ... he was not arrested.

Scottie Pippen

Questioned by Police

Over Knockout Incident

6/24/2013 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scottie Pippen has just been interviewed by police in connection with his alleged fight with an autograph seeker in Malibu last night, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Pippen contacted authorities in Malibu moments ago. We're told police decided against arresting Pippen after speaking with him. The investigation is ongoing.

We had previously been told by law enforcement officials that Pippen had been arrested. That was not the case.

TMZ broke the story ... Pippen allegedly brutalized an autograph seeker outside Nobu restaurant Sunday night.  The man was knocked out after Pippen allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.

Pippen left the scene.  As for the victim ... he was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, including broken teeth and a swollen mouth.  He also suffered injuries to his head and back.

Pippen was subsequently named as a suspect for a felony charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury.
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Scottie Pippen

Felony Assault Suspect

After Alleged Knockout

6/24/2013 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scottie Pippen
is officially a suspect in a felony assault with a deadly weapon investigation ... after allegedly knocking a man out in Malibu last night.

TMZ broke the story ... 47-year-old Pippen was at Nobu when he got into a fight with a man outside the restaurant, and allegedly knocked him out cold with a punch to the face.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tells us ... Pippen has since been named as a suspect in a report for assault with a deadly weapon -- the deadly weapon being his shoes. We're told Pippen repeatedly kicked the 50-something-year-old victim when he was down.

As one source put it, "He beat the f*** out of him."

According to witnesses, the fight started after the alleged victim approached Pippen for an autograph. We're told Pippen said no, and something happened to set off the fight.

A family member of the alleged victim tells us, he was released from the hospital this morning with broken teeth, a swollen mouth, as well as back and head injuries.

Pippen's attorney had no comment.

FYI: Pippen was on the original Olympic Dream Team in '92 and retired as the Chicago Bulls' 2nd all-time leader in points, assists, and steals.

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