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Now that The Last Dance has finished in it’s totality, it appears that not everyone is happy about how the doco went down. According to ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan, Pippen is allegedly “beyond livid” at MJ for how he was portrayed in the doco.
Kaplan went on to say that Pippen is “so angry at Michael and how he was portrayed, called selfish, called this, called that, that he’s furious that he participated and did not realize what he was getting himself into”.
Kaplan isn’t the only one to make such claims however, with NBA reporter Nick Friedell stating “We haven’t heard from Scottie. He hasn’t gone on the record, but it’s been pretty clear listening from others that he’s not happy about what he’s seen and at some point we’ll hear from him”, as well as ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan saying that Pippen was “wounded and disappointed” by the way the doco portrayed him.
Former Bulls teammate Dennis Rodman has gotten involved as well, going on record saying “I wish he didn’t give a shit like me about what people say”, telling MacMullan.
“Scottie was so underrated—and so underpaid. He should be holding his head up higher than Michael Jordan in this documentary,” Rodman said. “I think a lot of people are now realizing what he went through. The kid was a hero, in a lot of ways, during those great Bulls runs.”
But the series does make some less-than-favourable claims about the Bulls star, with MJ calling Pippen “selfish” early in the series for using his injury as leverage during the beginning of the 1997-98 season, as well as his pointing to Pippen’s migraine in 1990 and his refusal to finish a game in 1994 as significant flaws in Pippen’s game.
It seems Pippen isn’t the only one who isn’t happy with the series, with former Bulls teammate Horace Grant going on record and calling MJ a liar, as MJ accused him of being the source for Sam Smith’s Jordan Rules in the series.
“He puts this lie out that I was the source behind the book,” Grant said to Kap and Company on Wednesday. “Sam and I have always been great friends. We’re still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there. The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out?”
It’s sad to hear these reports come out after the release of The Last Dance, especially given how huge it’s gone on to be. Fingers crossed Pippen, Grant and whoever feels misrepresented by the doco can have their grievances worked out with MJ and The Last Dance team sooner rather than later…