There isn't much love between the two former Chicago Bulls NBA players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Scottie, former NBA player who was Michael's long-time teammate, and who with Jordan's Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles during the 90s, lashed out at Air Jordan.
In his book Unguarded Pippen he speaks very critically of both Jordan and the documentary The Last Dance, available since last year on NETFLIX which tells the story of the victories of those Bulls but above all of the decisive role played by Jordan.
In The Last Dance, in fact, the space reserved for the other players on the team, including Pippen, considered the strongest after Jordan, is limited. In Unguarded, Pippen said: "How dare Michael Jordan treat us like that, after all we've done 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, BJ Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue and Bill Wennington.
Scottie Pippen and the criticisms against Michael Jordan
To make matters worse is the fact that Jordan received $ 10 million to participate in the documentary, while my friends and I not even a penny. Plus, the episodes of The Last Dance all follow the same logic, Michael on a pedestal, his secondary, smaller teammates.
I don't mean Michael wouldn't be a superstar wherever he ended up. It was spectacular, but it was just the success we achieved as a team, six titles in eight years, that brought it to a world-class level that no other athlete, with the exception of Muhammad Ali, has achieved in modern times.
Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and unlikely path to the NBA, the narrative turned back to Michael Jordan 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 cocky if he had tried."