Michael Jordan ‘couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried’ in The Last Dance – and only went on the Netflix docuseries to prove he’s bigger than LeBron James, claims ex Chicago Bulls team-mate Scottie Pippen
- Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan won six NBA titles together in eight years
- Netflix made a 10-part docuseries called The Last Dance about the Chicago Bulls
- Pippen has blasted Jordan for the way he and others were portrayed in the doc
Scottie Pippen has savaged ‘condescending’ NBA icon Michael Jordan for the way he and his fellow Chicago Bulls team-mates were portrayed in last year’s docuseries The Last Dance.
Together Jordan and Pippen led the Bulls to six NBA titles in eight years as they dominated and transcended the sport.
The Last Dance proved a huge hit, allowing older NBA fans to relive the nostalgia of the 1990s, while a younger audience learned about arguably the greatest dynasty in NBA history via the Netflix show.
Scottie Pippen (right) has blasted Michael Jordan in his book for The Last Dance docuseries
The pair were part of the Chicago Bulls dynasty that dominated the NBA during the 1990s
Pippen says he ‘was nothing more than a prop’ in the docuseries to boost Jordan’s exposure
However, Pippen has hit out at his portrayal within the 10-part docuseries, declaring that he ‘was nothing more than a prop’ and that Jordan did it for his ego to prove that he is ‘still larger than LeBron James’ – as the debate rages on over who is the better player.
And in an excerpt from Pippen’s book, titled Unguarded, that appeared on GQ, the legendary small forward didn’t hold back on Jordan.
‘They glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud team-mates,’ the 56-year-old wrote.
‘Michael deserved a large portion of the blame. The producers had granted him editorial control of the final product. The doc couldn’t have been released otherwise. He was the leading man and the director.
‘Except Michael was determined to prove to the current generation of fans that he was larger-than-life during his day – and still larger than LeBron James, the player many consider his equal, if not superior.
LeBron James (right) has often been compared to Jordan – with a debate over who is greater
‘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. I was nothing more than a prop. His “best team-mate of all time”, he called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.
‘Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his team-mates 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 six for 24 from the field, commit five turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan.
‘Now here I was, in my mid-50s, 17 years since my final game, watching us being demeaned once again. Living through it the first time was insulting enough.’
Hall of famer Pippen, who along with Jordan, was named in the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team – also told of how his friendship with Jordan has never been tight, stating: ‘Michael and I aren’t close and never have been.’
Pippen says that Jordan was ‘glorified’ during the 10-part docuseries with others marginalised