Even without Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls were an excellent team. Scottie Pippen finished third in 1994 MVP voting, making the All-NBA First Team and establishing himself as a legitimate star. He propelled the Bulls to 55 wins (just two fewer than with Jordan the previous year) and earned the right to be considered "the man" in Chicago come playoff time. However, when Phil Jackson drew up the final play of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals for rookie Toni Kukoc, Pippen refused to enter the game. Jackson's decision was of course vindicated when Kukoc buried the shot, but it was nevertheless a shocking moment from a player who had been team-first his entire career.
43. Scottie Pippen refuses to go into game because the final play wasn't designed for him.