Scottie Pippen Gets Brutally Honest About the Future of His Relationship With Michael Jordan

Published 11/04/2021, 11:39 AM EDT


The Last Dance documentary caused a huge stir within the Chicago Bulls. As fans enjoyed the magical moments of one of franchise basketball’s greatest sides, a huge outburst began. Michael Jordan was at the center of attention, and many of his teammates were rather upset after watching the show.

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The latest and biggest of these names is former teammate Scottie Pippen, who lashed out at the 14-time All-star. His recently published book has further revealed some shocking details on his equation with many of his fellow Bulls, including MJ.

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Jordan and Pippen were undoubtedly a riveting pair. They combined for some historic moments in Bulls history. During the course of their careers, they captured 6 titles with the franchise, including two three-peats.

While ‘His Airness’ was a guard-forward, Pippen played primarily as a small forward. Everything seemed to be fine between the two greats until Pippen’s book and the docu-series. After the 56-year-old destroyed Jordan verbally, he has clarified his stance now.

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Scottie Pippen on what his harsh words mean for his relationship with Michael Jordan

In his new memoir ‘Unguarded’, Pippen has cleared the air regarding several topics. However, a large part of the book sees him lashing out at many players. Catching more eyes than anything else is his criticism of Jordan.

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)

He calls him selfish, hypocritical and insensitive. Evidently enough, Scottie was angered with the series, but he admitted that he and his compatriot Jordan have never really been close.

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In a New York Times interview, Pippen addressed what it was that angered him, and whether this has dented his equation with Jordan forever. “I think he’s always separated himself a little bit from what I consider the traditional team concept,” stated the 1994 All-star MVP.

He proceeded to clarify that Jordan’s treatment of his teammates was different, but productive. Finally, upon being asked if his book would create a split with the 58-year-old, he firmly laid out “To answer your question, no.”

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It is definitely shocking to witness the scenes that are unfolding. The same Bulls squad that once was the epitome of teamwork and unity, is now unraveling in front of our eyes. Have you read Scottie Pippen’s book yet? What did you think of The Last Dance documentary? Let us know.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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