Scottie Pippen on Why He Felt Like a Prop in Last Dance: ‘It Was a Documentary That Was Not Glorifying Two, if Not Three of the Greatest Players That Played This Game’

Published 11/20/2021, 6:30 AM EST
10 April 2019, US, Dallas: Basketball: NBA; Main Round; 81st Matchday; Dallas Mavericks – Phoenix Suns at Amercian Airlines Center. Legendary meeting on the occasion of Dirk Nowitzkis last home game of his career. This is Scottie Pippen speaking to Dirk Nowitzki. Photo: Philipp Hülsmann/dpa (Photo by Philipp Hülsmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)


More than two decades later, people just can’t get enough of the 90s Chicago Bulls. What they achieved in the world of NBA is something so rare that it’s probably never going to happen again. The trio of Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, and Dennis Rodman was one of a kind, and the legacy they created of bagging two three-peats will forever be one of the most iconic moments.

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Unfortunately, a lot of mud has been thrown over what they did together in the past couple of weeks. Of course, ‘The Last Dance’ did trigger a lot of criticism for glorifying Michael Jordan far too much over the others, but what Scottie Pippen has been doing has taken it to the next level.

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Scottie Pippen provides an explanation for his crude statements

Unlike some former Bulls teammates who expressed their grievances very calmly, Pippen decided to take the other route. Why this was most surprising was because he and MJ were like two peas in a pod. So, for him to bash Michael Jordan, the way he has in his new memoir ‘Unguarded’, has taken everyone by surprise.

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In one of the excerpts, Scottie stated that in MJ’s ‘Last Dance’ he felt nothing less than a prop. Although there wasn’t any further justification for the statement, a recent interview with him cleared that up.

Talking to GQ Sports, Pippen further explained that comment and said, “Well, I felt like that. It was a documentary that was not glorifying two, if not three, of the greatest players to ever play this game. That’s why I felt that way.”

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Can ‘The Last Dance’ be labeled as a puff piece?

When the documentary came out, it sure did rile up some people who were either inaccurately portrayed, or not given enough credit for their role in the championships. However, what more can one expect from a series that is based solely on the GOAT? The whole purpose of making it was to celebrate him and the contributions he made to the Chicago Bulls dynasty.

29 Apr 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in action against Jason Williams #55 of the New Jersey Nets during the NBA Playoffs round 3 game at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bulls defeated the Nets 116-101.

There is no doubt that some players deserved more limelight than they got. But that hardly means that Jordan deserves to be trashed the way he is now. All of Pippen’s comments are being dismissed because it’s looking like an act to sell his book. If only he had brought this up sooner, it would have been viewed much more differently.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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