I want to start this off by saying, I love Scottie Pippen. He was a part of my childhood when the Chicago Bulls were a dominant team. Pippen helped the Bulls win six NBA Championships via two sets of three-peats. Though recently, Pippen has been a controversial figure. He has called out Phil Jackson, saying he doesn’t receive enough praise, and now he’s saying he made Michael Jordan a “superstar”.
I haven’t read the book. Honestly, I don’t think I will either. I’d rather not have Pippen’s legacy in my head become tarnished. Not because Pippen is lying or anything, but because he just seems very bitter. It’s obvious through press releases and interviews that Pippen was not happy about his portrayal in “The Last Dance” documentary. It’s really what set all of this in motion. Pippen wanted to tell his side of the story, that’s why he wrote Unguarded.
When asked about how he felt about “The Last Dance”, Scottie responded,
“I don’t think it was that accurate in terms of really defining what was accomplished in one of the greatest eras of basketball, but also by two of the greatest players – and one could even put that aside and say the greatest team of all time. I didn’t think those things stood out in the documentary. I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified [the series was co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company]. I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had.” Anthony then asked Scottie if he had shared his opinions with MJ himself. “Yeah. I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it. He accepted it. He said, ‘hey, you’re right.’ That was pretty much it.”– Excerpt from Scottie Pippen’s interview with The Guardian
Though Jordan never won without Pippen, MJ was a superstar as soon as he entered the league. I understand that Pippen is fuming after his portrayal in “The Last Dance”, but to say Jordan wouldn’t have been a superstar without him hurts any argument he’s trying to make.
I’m sure some can understand Pippen’s outrage, but I just feel like he’s going about it wrong. What do you think? Follow @BullsOnTap on Twitter and let us know.
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