Did Scottie Pippen Lie in His Hall of Fame Speech or Is He Lying Now? Decoding His Michael Jordan Fascination

Published 11/03/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen basically dominated the entire 90s era of NBA basketball. Any NBA fan simply does not know one without the other. In the NBA world, they are like Iron Man and Captain America of the 1990s basketball. And as things are, it seems we are in a civil war. For all non-Marvel fans, here’s the context.

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GQ released an excerpt from Scottie Pippen’s Unreleased Memoir. According to that, Scottie has heavily criticized how Michael portrayed his role in the Bulls’ dynasty run during the 1990s. So much that he is avoiding speaking to Michael. And he admitted that he is not happy with Michael about this.

Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan attend the surprise birthday celebration for Scottie Pippen at Sunda on September 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

The two sides of Scottie Pippen’s opinion of Michael Jordan

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In his Hall of Fame acceptance speech of 2010, Scottie Pippen referred to Michael as the best teammate. And that he will cherish his experience with Michael Jordan during his time in Chicago Bulls.

Despite that, Scottie has now called Michael ‘condescending’ for shaping the narrative of the Netflix Documentary ‘The Last Dance’ a certain way. Moreover, he criticized the media and their response to everything that Michael did.

To be fair, Michael was one of the first athletes to commercially add that much brand value to his name. Hence, not just his own management but several industrial giants were putting their efforts into shaping the media narrative around Michael Jordan.

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Has Pippen misdirected his anger?

While he might have his own reasons, it raises a few eyebrows that Pippen is frustrated now. Considering that Michael has always portrayed himself as the torchbearer of the Bulls. He always had confidence in himself as the leader of the team. He knew when it came down to it, Michael would take the most clutch shot.

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So it should not be a surprise to Pippen that Michael gave the main character’s role to himself. Especially since it was a movie where he was given a chance to reminisce about the best days of his life. Additionally, he had the final say in everything that was shown in the documentary.
So if he anything, Pippen should blame the Bulls’ franchise for allowing Michael that sort of a role. Because for Michael, he was just being himself.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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