Scottie Pippen takes several shots at Michael Jordan in his new memoir, Unguarded. The Chicago Bulls legend wrote he and Jordan never had a close relationship and that the six-time Finals MVP didn’t do a good job producing The Last Dance docuseries.
Neither Jordan nor anyone from his camp has spoken since Pippen’s controversial book came out. Pip has been doing interview after interview to promote his memoir, and the Hall of Fame small forward recently said he doesn’t expect to hear from MJ.
Scottie Pippen: I won’t hear from Michael Jordan
During an interview with Pat Tomasulo of WGN, Pippen said he doesn’t have a grudge against Jordan and doesn’t expect to hear from His Airness despite writing a lot of negative things about him.
“I’m not saying in any way that I have a grudge against Michael Jordan,” Pippen said. “This book has nothing to change our direction or our relationship. When we see each other, probably just gonna be a, ‘Hi, what’s up dude,’ and you go that way, and I go that way. I’m not stating anything that wasn’t stated in the documentary. No, not at all, and didn’t expect to (hear from Jordan).”
Jordan is probably too busy to respond to Pippen’s book. Along with being the majority governor of the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA icon plays a lot of golf and manages many businesses.
However, Jordan does know that Pippen is upset with him.
Scottie Pippen: Michael Jordan knows how I feel
In December 2020, Pippen told Andrew Anthony of the Guardian that he and Jordan spoke briefly about The Last Dance. The Arkansas native was furious about how the documentary turned out.
“I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it,” Pippen said. “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.”
Pippen took it easy on Jordan during his interview with Anthony. He saved his wrath for his book.
Pip: MJ ruined basketball and was condescending in the doc
Pippen and Jordan won six championships together and never lost in the Finals. Many NBA fans assumed that the two Bulls icons were friends since neither guy ever said anything negative about the other.
However, after Pippen watched The Last Dance, everything changed.
“I may go as far to say Mike ruined basketball,” Pippen wrote in his book. “In the 80s on the playgrounds you’d have everyone moving the ball around — passing to help the team. That stopped in the 90s. Kids wanted to be ‘Like Mike.’ Well, Mike didn’t want to pass — didn’t want to rebound, or defend the best player. He wanted everything done for him.
“Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates secondary, smaller, the message no different from when he referred to us back then as his supporting cast From one season to the next, we received little or no credit whenever we won but the bulk of the criticism when we lost. Michael could shoot 6 for 24 from the field, commit 5 turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan.”
Pippen and Jordan will always be linked since they had so much success together as teammates on the Bulls. However, don’t be surprised if they never speak to each other again. Pippen clearly has some hard feelings toward Jordan and is using his book to let it all out.