Scottie Pippen ‘Cringed’ Being Michael Jordan’s Sidekick and Thought He Was Real Leader Within Bulls Locker Room: ‘Ready to Hear My Side of the Story?’

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are universally recognized as the greatest duo in NBA history. They won six championships with the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s and went 6-0 in the Finals.

The popular Last Dance docuseries that came out last year was mostly about Jordan and his competitive drive to win at all costs. While Pippen had a lot of airtime in the documentary, he believes it wasn’t accurate in defining the Bulls’ dynasty and was more about Jordan trying to uplift himself.

Since he wasn’t completely pleased with the Last Dance, Pippen has decided to tell his side of the story, and it will be juicy from start to finish.

Scottie Pippen told Michael Jordan he wasn’t pleased with the Last Dance

Pippen and Jordan are very close friends. They grew up together on the Bulls and developed a brotherhood that will last forever.

However, that doesn’t mean they always have to agree, which is why Pippen had no problem telling Jordan he wasn’t pleased with the Last Dance docuseries.

“Yeah. I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it,” Pippen told Andrew Anthony of the Guardian in December 2020. “He accepted it. He said, ‘Hey, you’re right.’ That was pretty much it…I don’t think it was that accurate in terms of really defining what was accomplished in one of the greatest eras of basketball, but also by two of the greatest players – and one could even put that aside and say the greatest team of all time. I didn’t think those things stood out in the documentary. I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified.”

Jordan did speak highly of Pippen in the docuseries. He called the small forward his best teammate of all time and said, “Whenever they speak Michael Jordan, they should speak Scottie Pippen” in episode two. However, MJ did call Pippen “selfish” when the swingman purposely delayed his foot surgery in 1997-98 as his way of getting back at management for not paying him what he thought he deserved.

More than a year after the Last Dance came out, Pippen is ready to speak out about the Bulls’ dynasty and what it was really like playing with Jordan. However, this time, sports fans will have to bring out their reading glasses.

Scottie Pippen has a book coming out and it will talk about how he cringed at being labeled Michael Jordan’s sidekick

With the help of author Michael Arkush, Pippen has written a memoir, and it will be released on November 16, 2021. The book will talk about how the Bulls icon made it out of poverty to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Per the Simon & Schuster information page, Pippen will also discuss how he cringed at being labeled Jordan’s sidekick and why he was the real leader of the Bulls locker room.

This will be a fascinating read for sports fans. Jordan doesn’t go 6-0 in the Finals without Pippen, one of the most versatile players in NBA history. Despite being in the Hall of Fame and one of the greatest 50 NBA players of all time, Pippen is underrated by many pundits and fans and doesn’t get the credit he’s earned after helping the Bulls win six titles during an eight-year span in the ’90s.

Like in episode seven of the Last Dance, Pippen’s refusal to go into a playoff game against the New York Knicks in 1994 will be discussed in the book called Unguarded. The six-time champion will also give pointed and transparent takes on Phil Jackson and Isiah Thomas.

How good was Scottie with the Bulls?

Pippen may be the best individual defender in NBA history. He could guard anyone on the perimeter and take an opposing team’s best scorer out of the game entirely. One of the reasons the Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 Finals is Pippen took the challenge of guarding Magic Johnson and limited him to 43.1% shooting from the field.

A 10-time All-Defensive team member, Pippen averaged 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.1 steals during his first stint with the Bulls from 1987 to 1998. He played one season with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers before playing 23 games with the Bulls in 2003-04 to wrap up his career.

Pippen is the only person to win an NBA championship and Olympic gold medal twice in the same year. He’s the second-best player in Bulls franchise history behind Jordan and has his jersey hanging in the rafters at the United Center.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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