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Scottie Pippen Himself Finally Clears Things up About ‘The Last Dance’ and His Relationship With Michael Jordan

It’s been more than two months since the original airing of The Last Dance on ESPN but discussions on the 10-part docuseries chronicling Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls have ramped up again as the series is now available on Netflix. Naturally, Scottie Pippen was a major part of the documentary and numerous reports came out that he was upset about how he was portrayed.

But the two-time Hall of Famer has finally clarified things himself and wants everyone to know that he wasn’t upset and that things between him and Michael Jordan are just fine.

Michael Jordan called Scottie Pippen the best teammate he ever had in ‘The Last Dance’

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Negative comments are always going to get more attention than positive ones. That’s just the way the world works. So when Michael Jordan called Scottie Pippen “selfish” in the second episode of The Last Dance, the world went nuts.

Unhappy with how he was being treated in Chicago, Scottie Pippen delayed surgery on a ruptured tendon in his ankle and missed the first 35 games of the 1997-1998 season. While he was out, Jordan and the Bulls got off to a rough start as rumors swirled that Pippen would be traded. Scottie had vowed to never play another game in a Bulls uniform as tension between he and Jerry Krause had reached a boiling point. He obviously did come back and play and helped Chicago to a sixth NBA championship.

But people just went crazy when Michael Jordan called Scottie Pippen “selfish” and it became one of the biggest talking points of the entire series. But let’s not forget that Jordan called Pippen the best teammate he ever had and praised him as one of the greatest players of all time. He simply said he didn’t understand Scottie’s decision at the time.

Numerous reports came out that Scottie Pippen was unhappy with his portrayal in ‘The Last Dance’

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During and following the initial airing of The Last Dance, numerous reports came out saying Scottie Pippen was unhappy with how he was being portrayed. It was said he was unhappy about being called “selfish.” He didn’t like how so much focus was put on his refusal to enter a playoff game against the Knicks because he wasn’t taking the final shot. But none of those reports came from Pippen himself, who remained relatively quiet during the series.

ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan reported that those close to Pippen said he was “wounded and disappointed by his portrayal.” ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan said that Scottie was “beyond livid” with how he was treated. There were certainly more reports like that circulating but Scottie Pippen himself has finally clarified just how he felt about The Last Dance.

The two-time Hall of Famer clarifies he wasn’t upset and that things with Michael Jordan are just fine

Scottie Pippen Michael Jordan
Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan | Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

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Scottie Pippen has spoken. Dan Gelston of the Associated Press released a story on Tuesday in which Pippen clarifies that he’s spoken to Michael Jordan since The Last Dance aired and there seems to be no animosity.

“Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?”

Scottie Pippen

When asked specifically if he was upset over his portrayal in the series, he gave about as straight an answer as one can give.

“I wasn’t upset about it.

“It didn’t bother me at all. It was an opportunity for our younger generation that hadn’t seen or knew anything about basketball in the ’90s.”

Scottie Pippen

And there you have it from Scottie Pippen himself.  

All 10 episodes of The Last Dance are now available to watch on Netflix.