In certain sports, you can get by not communicating with certain teammates. If a left fielder and first baseman hate each other, that’s fine since they essentially operate independently of each other. If no one on the football team talks to the punter, then it sounds like a typical football team.
But communication is key in basketball — all five players need to be on the same page in order to be successful. Not only on the court, but off the court players need to have at least some communication in order to see how their personalities mesh together.
But that wasn’t the case on the Bulls’ second three-peat, which makes their success even more amazing, because Dennis Rodman didn’t talk to Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen. Ever.
"Me and Scottie [Pippen] and Michael [Jordan] never had a conversation in three years in Chicago," Rodman said in 2011. "Only time we had a conversation was on the court, that was it. And nobody believes that."
While most would think that Rodman was at fault, maybe Jordan and Pippen didn’t want to talk to Rodman because of the foul he put on Pippen during the Bulls-Bad Boy Pistons feud?