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Scottie Pippen underestimates Michael Jordan after “Last Dance”



Scotty Pippen says he spoke with Michael Jordan from the documentary The Last Dance, which came out in the spring.

“Why should I be offended by everything that happened 30 years ago?” said Pippen.

Jordan widely praised Pippen in a documentary that called the Bull dynasty in the 1990s as the best teammate he ever had. But Jordan urged Pippen in the second episode to make a “selfish” decision to postpone off-season surgery on a torn tendon in his ankle until the start of the 1997-98 season. Jordan said in the documentary that he did not understand Pippen’s decision.

There were reports that Pippen was unhappy with his portrayal in the documentary, but he said Tuesday: “I’m not upset.” The documentary also featured Pippen’s refusal to enter the final semifinals of the 1994 Eastern Conference in the final seconds.

“It didn’t bother me at all,” Pippen said. “It was an opportunity for our young generation, who saw nothing and knew nothing about basketball in the ’90s.”

The series aired for five consecutive Sunday nights in April and May and included never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season, when the team pursued its sixth championship in eight years.

Pippen, 54, has won six NBA championships with the Bulls, been a seven-time All-Star and won two Olympic gold medals. He is now an NBA analyst, primarily for the ESPN studio show The The Jump.

He chose the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorite, who came out of Florida as NBA champion.

“If you wanted to pick one, I’d say which team LeBron James is on,” Pippen said. “The fact that his experience, his ability to put the team together, his ability to be dominant – he’s the most dominant player in the game now that Kevin Durant is out of the game.”

The documentary won ratings when the sport was on hiatus due to a coronavirus pandemic. ESPN and Nielsen said that the last two episodes of “The Last Dance” gained 5.6 million viewers.


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