Michael Jordan has certainly been at the center of some controversial takes. For example, there’s the rumor that he left the NBA to play baseball when, supposedly, his gambling issues forced then-NBA Commissioner David Stern to kick him out of the league. Allegedly. But now that Scottie Pippen‘s Unguarded memoir has hit the stands (in which he crushes Jordan repeatedly), the GOAT’s misdeeds have resurfaced.
Fellow University of North Carolina basketball alum Rashad McCants is now the latest to toss gasoline on the fire, calling MJ the “biggest fraud in the history of sports” while defending Pippen.
Scottie Pippen’s Unguarded discusses his relationship with Jordan
Pip’s memoir doesn’t paint his former teammate in a positive light. He seems to take specific issue with The Last Dance docuseries — more than once.
Via the New York Times, Pippen wrote that the doc “glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates.”
The Hall of Famer claimed that MJ made $10 million from the ESPN documentary “while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime.”
For him, it was a reminder of how His Airness treated the rest of the Bulls’ squad. “Seeing again how poorly Michael treated his teammates, I cringed, as I did back then,” Pippen wrote.
A fellow North Carolina Tar Heel — and a vital member of a UNC national championship team, as Jordan was in 1982 — got a whiff of how the Central Arkansas product felt and decided to go in on Jordan as well despite being a part of the same Tar Heel family.
Rashad McCants called Michael Jordan ‘the biggest fraud in the history of sports’
McCants was one of the best players on North Carolina’s 2005 National Championship team. He averaged 17.6 points and shot 41.5% from three during his three seasons in Chapel Hill as the team’s best perimeter scorer.
The 6-foot-4 2-guard was the 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite his isolation skills and perimeter scoring ability, the New Hampshire native was a disappointment and only lasted four seasons in the NBA.
Recently, the ex-Tar Heel joined Jason Whitlock on Fearless and bluntly expressed his significant disappointment with MJ:
“The man is the biggest fraud in the history of sports.
“So everything that Scottie’s showing the world right now … Really Michael Jordan? Really Michael Jordan? You threw your teammates under the bus and saved yourself. That was the first red flag. So then, as everything else unfolds, Scottie Pippen’s sitting there like, ‘Wow, really this is all about you, the six championships, you did it and we helped you? We didn’t do it as a team?’”Rashad McCants on Michael Jordan
Jordan may be the GOAT, but a number of other players helped him earn his six rings
Jordan also doesn’t complete his first three-peat without John Paxson draining the championship-winning 3-pointer in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals.
Pippen was the most influential Bull outside of Jordan for all six of Chicago’s championships. When the lockdown perimeter defender wrote in Unguarded that “Michael and I aren’t close and never have been,” it came as a shock to those unfamiliar with that dynasty’s dynamic.
It feels like Pip finally had enough after watching The Last Dance and decided to unleash on Jordan and other members of the Bulls — head coach Phil Jackson included.
Despite being in the same family (but not the same league, so to speak) of North Carolina championship alums, McCants spoke out forcefully on the most famous basketball player of all time, instead deeming him the “biggest fraud” to ever play.
All statistics courtesy of Sports Reference.