Exposing Michael Jordan to the World, Disappointed Scottie Pippen Maligns the NBA for Misuse of Private Access: “Always Had a Different Hand”

Published 05/27/2023, 5:50 AM EDT

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Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, who went off the grid ever since his retirement, recently made a rare appearance in a podcast conversation. Moreover, the 6x NBA Champion has also been under the scanner lately because of ex-wife Larsa Pippen’s relationship with Michael Jordan’s son Marcus. The 57-year-old legend discussed an array of topics in the podcast, but he surprised everyone with his take on the league and exposed his teammate Air Jordan on the show. 

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Pippen and MJ established themselves as one of the greatest duos in the league’s history with their camaraderie both on and off the court. Even after the retirement, the duo remained as close allies. However, after the release of the docuseries, The Last Dance (2020), Pippen publicly called out Jordan as he felt the docuseries failed to represent the entire Bulls team

Scottie Pippen makes a bold claim about Michael Jordan

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In the recent episode of Stacey King’s Gimme The Hot Sauce Podcast, Scottie Pippen joined for a lengthy conversation about his journey in the league. The conversation turned hot when Pippen discussed his disappointment with the Netflix docuseries.

When the legend’s former teammate, Stacey King, asked about the portrayal of Pippen’s injury during the 1998 NBA Finals in the docuseries, the 7x All-Star expressed his disappointment at the league and MJ. Notably, the league had access to shoot the locker room moments during the Bulls head coach Phil Jackson’s final season with the team.

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Pippen accused the league of turning its back on the Bulls players. He highlighted that he opened up to a lot of personal questions, thinking that it would be fruitful to the future generation. However, it didn’t go well for the legend as he said, “NBA sort of turned their backs on the players and pretty much sold the video to Michael or gave it to him.”

Moreover, he further accused the NBA of treating MJ as special compared to the rest of the players. 

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He added, “Michael has always had a different hand inside with the league he was always dealt with separately, differently.” Responding to alleged misrepresentation of Pippen’s injury in 1998 Finals Game 6, the legend put forward a mammoth accusation. 

What happened to Pippen in the 1998 Finals Game 6?

The Bulls led the Finals series 3-2 against the Utah Jazz in Game 6. During the game, Pippen aggravated his already injured back with a dunk, but he continued the game taking painkillers. However, after the series win, the legend recovered from it after surgery. Decades after the incident, the hoops community still argues about the dedication between MJ’s flu game and Pippen’s Game 6.

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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