‘Supporting Cast’: Scottie Pippen Slams Michael Jordan of Treating His Teammates as Secondary in His Upcoming Memoir

Published 11/03/2021, 2:58 PM EDT


Chicago Bulls formed one of the greatest teams in NBA history. The Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, dominated the league for a decade and won six championships in the duration of eight years. This includes two three-peats. However, despite forming an incredible duo on the court, Pippen and Jordan have not been on the same page since retirement.

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Many feel Jordan was the sole reason the Bulls won six championships. However, Pippen and co. had an important role to play and their gameplay complemented Jordan. Since their retirement, Pippen and Jordan have been on their own paths.

Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

While Jordan made his documentary, Pippen is set to release his own book, ‘Unguarded’. While the book is set to release later this month, some excerpts have been released for the public. In one of the excerpts, Pippen has revealed that Jordan treated his teammates as his ‘supporting cast’.

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Scottie Pippen slams Michael Jordan in his upcoming book, ‘Unguarded’

In his upcoming memoir, Pippen has talked about Michael Jordan and ‘The Last Dance’ documentary. He also revealed that Jordan was the primary of the team and others were treated as the ‘secondary cast’.

Here’s an excerpt from Pippen’s upcoming memoir:

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“Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates secondary, smaller, the message no different from when he referred to us back then as his “supporting cast.” From one season to the next, we received little or no credit whenever we won but the bulk of the criticism when we lost. Michael could shoot 6 for 24 from the field, commit 5 turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan.”

Pippen has already made it clear that ‘The Last Dance’ focused on Michael Jordan and little did they do about his teammates. In fact, Pippen went on to reveal that Jordan received money for the docuseries while his teammates didn’t ‘earn a dime’. The documentary mostly covered Jordan, but his teammates played an equally important role in winning the championships for the Bulls.

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However, Pippen made it clear what he feels about the documentary. This is shocking considering the Pippen-Jordan duo has been one of the most decorated duos in NBS history. Michael Jordan is yet to comment on Pippen’s comments. Pippen’s memoir is set to be released on November 9.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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