Scottie Pippen has been bashing Michael Jordan ever since The Last Dance docuseries came out in April 2020. In his memoir, Unguarded, the former Chicago Bulls small forward takes several shots at MJ for making The Last Dance too much about him and not enough about the Bulls’ dynasty.
It’s been strange to watch Pippen destroy Jordan so much, especially since the duo won six titles together and never lost in the Finals. Former Bulls forward Scott Williams, who won three rings with Jordan and Pippen, has seen a few of Pippen’s comments about Jordan, and he’s pretty dejected.
Scott Williams is sad that Scottie Pippen is taking shots at Michael Jordan
Williams told Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald that it’s been sad to see Pippen bash Jordan in his book. The California native never knew Pippen felt so underappreciated.
“I’ve seen some of the excerpts and I’m a little saddened by it, to tell you quite honestly,” Williams said. “I have such fond memories and I hung out a lot with Scottie and I like Scottie. I’ve never said a bad thing about him. But I just never saw any of that disappointment or hatred or animosity while I was a teammate of his. As a teammate and loving all my teammates from those years, I don’t want to say it’s painful, but it just makes me sad.”
In Episode 2 of The Last Dance, Jordan called Pippen his best teammate of all time. It was assumed that Pippen appreciated that comment from Jordan, but he didn’t, and Williams is confused.
Scottie Pippen on Michael Jordan: “He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried”
In his book, Pippen talked about Jordan calling him his best teammate of all time. The Arkansas native said His Airness “couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.”
“Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and unlikely path to the NBA, the narrative returned to MJ and his determination to win,” Pippen wrote. “I was nothing more than a prop. His best teammate of all time he called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.”
Williams, who still keeps in touch with Jordan to this day, doesn’t understand why Pippen is so angry. The media may have underrated Pip, but Black Jesus never did.
“I’m not sure how someone saying you’re the best teammate I ever played with is disrespectful,” Williams said. “I don’t get it.”
Pippen never talked negatively about Jordan before The Last Dance came out. He’s clearly furious over how the docuseries turned out and doing everything in his power to make Jordan look bad.
Pip: Bulls won in spite of MJ getting on guys
In his book, Pippen wrote that the Bulls won in spite of Jordan getting on guys and berating them. He never liked it when Superman yelled at his teammates and cringed when he saw The Last Dance cover those moments.
“In the doc, Michael attempted to justify the occasions in which he berated a teammate in front of the group,” Pippen wrote. “He felt these guys needed to develop the toughest to get past the NBA’s more physical teams. Seeing again how poorly Michael treated his teammates, I cringed, as I did back then. Michael was wrong.
“We didn’t win six championships because he got on guys. We won in spite of his getting on guys. We won because we played team basketball, which hadn’t been the case my first two seasons, when Doug Collins was our coach. That’s what was special about playing for the Bulls: the camaraderie we established with one another, not that we felt blessed to be on the same team with the immortal Michael Jordan.”
There’s a strong chance Jordan may never speak to Pippen ever again. If you had told that to a Bulls fan even just a year ago, they would probably have laughed in your face. However, The Last Dance and Unguarded have changed everything.