Among the most vivid memories of the Dream Team in Barcelona was what’s known as “the Kukoc game.” That was the game in which Jordan and Pippen vowed to shut down Tony Kukoc, the Croatia star who had been offered a big contract by the Chicago Bulls at the same time management had refused to extend Pippen. In a Friday morning roundtable the Dream Teamers had joked about how all of them had vowed to shut down Kukoc on behalf of Pippen. Which is exactly what happened. So several hours later it was jarring to see Kukoc featured so prominently and saying nice things about Scottie in the taped segment that preceded Pippen’s induction. In truth, though, Pippen always felt a little guilty — emphasis on little — about “the Kukoc game.” For after the tall and talented Croatian joined the Bulls, he became one of Jordan’s and Pippen’s favorite teammates for his versatility.
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On the game against Croatia when the Dream Team vowed to shut down Toni Kukoc, who had received a lucrative contract offer from the Bulls. And shut him down they did: Barkley: “I remember Michael was, like, foaming at the mouth. ‘Kukoc makes more money than Scottie and I put together! Wherever he goes, I got him!’ And Michael and Scottie shut him down. It was hilarious.” Pippen: “I appreciate you guys talking like that, but it was truly a collective effort. If I got beat on the backdoor, David was right there. In truth? Toni did not have a chance in that game.”