Scottie Pippen slams Michael Jordan in new book over 'The Last Dance': ‘I was nothing more than a prop’


Bulls legend Scottie Pippen is in the midst of releasing his new book ‘Unguarded’ which is coming out next week. In what seems like an effort to promote his upcoming book, the Hall of Fame forward shared an excerpt from his book with GQ detailing how Michael Jordan was ‘condescending' after he watched ‘The Last Dance’ documentary.

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In his book, Pippen detailed how the documentary was focused entirely on Jordan, to the dismay of Pippen and his teammates--who Pippen believes did not get enough praise or credit in the documentary.

"The final two episodes aired on May 17. Similar to the previous eight, they glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates, Pippen said in an excerpt from his book 'Unguarded.' "Michael deserved a large portion of the blame. The producers had granted him editorial control of the final product. The doc couldn’t have been released otherwise. He was the leading man and the director."

The Last Dance did touch on Pippen's upbringing and journey to the NBA, but he believes the focus immediately switched back to MJ and his will to win.

"Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and my unlikely path to the NBA. The narrative returned to MJ and his determination to win. I was nothing more than a prop. His “best teammate of all time,” he called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried."

According to Pippen, Jordan received a $10 million payday for his appearance, while everyone else who appeared in the doc that played with MJ didn’t. Pippen says he’s talked to a lot of former Bulls teammates who think they felt disrespected in the documentary too.

"Over the next few weeks, I spoke to a number of my former teammates who each felt as disrespected as I did. How dare Michael treat us that way after everything we did for him and his precious brand. Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, B. J.
Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, and Bill Wennington."

One teammate Pippen spoke to, Bill Paxton-- was the former GM and vice president of basketball operations, as well as Pippen’s former teammate, finally healed some old wounds over how Scottie was treated when he was put on the Bulls’ payroll and working for the organization.

"In 2010, when I was finally put on the Bulls’ payroll, I was nothing more than a mascot, trotted out a few times every year for “appearances.” I signed autographs and met with season-ticket holders, hired for mainly one purpose, to serve as a link to the glory days."

There is a lot more to unpack in this long excerpt released by Pippen, but I am positive this won’t be the last interesting tidbit we can talk about from his book. His memoir will be released on Nov. 9th.

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