Scottie Pippen Reportedly ‘Wounded & Disappointed’ About His Portrayal In ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’
Although Michael Jordan said Scottie Pippen, was the best teammate he ever had and acknowledges that he couldn’t have reached the basketball heights he did without him, Scottie Pippen allegedly feels Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance docuseries makes him look “underpaid and frustrated” and he reportedly isn’t happy about it.
The 10-part docuseries has been the Sunday night highlight for sports lovers on ESPN, ever since it debuted a month ago, and showed never-before-seen footage of what went down behind the scenes of Michael Jordan’s last year playing with the Chicago Bulls. Although many of Jordan’s teammates are featured in the show, some critics say that the show is biased, since the POV is only coming from Jordan, who was also involved in the process of making the project. One of the biggest issues fans are having with the docuseries is how Scottie Pippen is being portrayed. In the sports community, it’s a known fact that Pippen and Jordan assisted each other in winning championships, and due to how he’s been ported in the show, Pippen is not a fan.
A source close to Pippen says that although, he’s been quiet about his feelings “he’s wounded and disappointed.” The show shows how Pippen decided to wait to have surgery on his ankle at the start of the 1997-98 season, which Michael Jordan called “selfish.” Pippen then held the team hostage, saying he wouldn’t return unless the Bulls trade him (which didn’t happen).
In an interview in the documentary Pippen says:
“It’s one of those incidents where I wish it never happened. But if I had a chance to do it over again I probably wouldn’t change it.”
Gabrielle Union who is married to NBA Player Dwayne Wade recently voiced her frustration over how Scottie was treated. She tweeted,
“I don’t think I’m gonna be able to sleep tonight thinking about Scottie’s terrible contract.”
“I always pay attention to what the 1st offer comes in at. Yes, I know it’s a negotiation, but that 1st offer tells you A LOT about how they think about you. Even when you get to a deal that’s reasonable, HOW one negotiates says a lot. Pay attention.
Jordan and Pippen’s fellow teammate Dennis Rodman recently defended his former teammate, saying that he takes criticism to the heart unlike him, and wishes that Scottie could be more like him (Rodman) and not care about what the public has to say:
“I wish he didn’t give a sh*t like me about what people say, but no one could ever quite see him. He was too quiet, and he was always standing next to Michael Jordan.”
Dennis Rodman went on to say that Pippen is one of the best players of all time, and even calls him a hero:
“Scottie was so underrated—and so underpaid. He should be holding his head up higher than Michael Jordan in this documentary, I think a lot of people are now realizing what he went through. The kid was a hero, in a lot of ways, during those great Bulls runs.”
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