Scottie Pippen Wasn’t the Only Bulls Player Upset With Michael Jordan Over the Last Dance Docuseries: ‘How Dare Michael Treat Us That Way After Everything We Did for Him and His Precious Brand’

Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen has made it known that he wasn’t happy with Michael Jordan after The Last Dance docuseries came out in 2020. The six-time champion is still so upset that his memoir, Unguarded, is filled with pages where he bashes MJ.

It appears Pippen wasn’t the only Bulls player furious with Jordan over the docuseries, though. In fact, Pippen revealed in his memoir that he spoke to several of his former teammates who were not pleased with the documentary.

Scottie Pippen: “I spoke to a number of my former teammates who each felt as disrespected as I did”

Pippen wrote in his memoir that he spoke to several of his former teammates who were just as mad as he was after watching The Last Dance. The seven-time All-Star pulled no punches while talking about Jordan.

“Over the next few weeks, I spoke to a number of my former teammates who each felt as disrespected as I did,” Pippen wrote. “How dare Michael treat us that way after everything we did for him and his precious brand. Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, B. J. Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, and Bill Wennington. I apologize to anyone I’ve left out.”

Pippen thought The Last Dance focused too much on Jordan and not enough on his teammates. Meanwhile, Horace Grant — who won three titles with the Bulls and was close friends with Pippen — told ESPN in 2020 that Jordan lied and snitched in the popular docuseries.

Basketball fans may have loved The Last Dance, but it’s evident that Pippen, Grant, and some other unknown Bulls players didn’t. Along with his disdain for all the “Jordan love,” Pippen was also displeased that Jordan received money for his role in the docuseries and no one else did.

Scottie Pippen: Michael Jordan received $10 million, my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime

Pippen was irked that Jordan got $10 million as a result of The Last Dance while he and his teammates didn’t receive any money.

“To make things worse, Michael received $10 million for his role in the doc while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime, another reminder of the pecking order from the old days,” Pippen wrote. “For an entire season, we allowed cameras into the sanctity of our locker rooms, our practices, our hotels, our huddles…our lives.”

It’s worth mentioning that Jordan donated $2 million to Feeding America to help fight hunger in the United States. The money came from proceeds he earned from The Last Dance. However, Pippen is still annoyed that Jordan got paid and he didn’t.

When Jordan found out Pippen was ruffled because of The Last Dance, he reached out to him. Bulls fans who thought that the two champions were close friends are in for a rude awakening once they read Pippen’s memoir.

MJ and Pip were never close

Jordan and Pippen are arguably the best duo of all time. They won six titles together and three-peated twice. However, they evidently weren’t friends off the court.

“The text was from Michael,” Pippen wrote. “He didn’t reach out very often: ‘What’s up dude? I’m getting word that you’re upset with me. Love to talk about it if you have time.’ My schedule was packed that evening and I knew the conversation would take a while. I hit him back an hour and a half later: ‘Let’s talk tomorrow.’ Michael and I aren’t close and never have been.”

Jordan and Pippen may have had tremendous success together on the hardwood. However, it seems the latter hated being in the former’s shadow and has a lot to get off his chest in his book.

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