FILE- This March 1, 2012 file photo shows former NBA player Scottie Pippen during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is being sued over a fight with an autograph-seeker at an upscale Southern California restaurant, Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) ORG XMIT: NY118

Scottie Pippen‘s verbal attacks against his former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan do not stop, and this time the NBA Hall of Famer criticized the famous Flu Game.

Just a week after excerpts leaked from Pippen’s book, Unguarded, which was released last Tuesday, he has now launched a missile at one of MJ’s unforgettable games.

During a Sirius XM interview, Pippen disparaged Jordan’s praise for his performance in that game against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals. Apparently Michael had earlier eaten a contaminated pizza that gave him flu-like symptoms.

A game in which an exhausted Jordan ended up hugging Pippen after scoring 38 points, with seven rebounds and five assists in the Bulls’ 88-90 victory that put the series 3-2 for the Bulls in the Finals.

More Pippen’s hatred against Jordan

Pippen compared his performance to Jordan’s legendary game, after Scottie played through a back injury in the 1997 NBA Finals.

“I’m gonna ask you this: Is it easier to play with a herniated disc or to play with the flu?,” Pippen asked.

“They always say the worst injury to have is a bad back,” Frank Isola said.

“Well, I don’t see many ‘bad back games,’ but I do see ‘flu games’. Flu? Come on,” Pippen replied.

Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan, left, holds the Most Valuable Player trophy as coach Phil Jackson holds the NBA Championship trophy after the Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 87-86 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, Sunday, June 14, 1998. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)

The Bulls won Game 6 of those NBA finals, 87-86, with another brilliant performance by Jordan, but Pippen, who recorded eight points, three rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes, said he was suffering from a back issue and would not have been available to play the potential Game 7.

“No, I was done, pretty much,” Pippen said. “I struggled to pull it through in that game and I suffered from it. Still suffering from it. But I wouldn’t have played in a Game 7. I just wasn’t able to go.”

Pippen attacked The Last Dance documentary series, calling Jordan “condescending” after he defined Pippen “his best teammate of all time.”

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