By: Jarrod Horton
For many people, Michael Jordan is the gold standard of what an NBA player is supposed to be. He is widely considered as the best player to ever play the game. There isn’t much you can say to diminish his status as the G.O.A.T, (Greatest of All Time) or at the very least one of the best. That is until you hear his former teammate Scottie Pippen talk about him.
Scottie played ten seasons with Jordan and the two led the Chicago Bulls to six championships during the ’90s. Last year, ESPN aired a 10-part Docu series chronicling the final season of the Bulls championship run titled ‘The Last Dance.’
Although the program was a critical and commercial success, some of Jordan’s teammates weren’t pleased with their portrayal in the series.
Horace Grant who won three championships with the Bulls said the Last Dance was 90 percent B.S
Pippen said he talked with Jordan about his displeasure with how the show turned out. “Yeah. I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it,” Pippen said. “He accepted it. He said, “Hey, you’re right.” That was pretty much it.” Scottie elaborated more in an interview with the Guardian about what he didn’t like about the documentary.
“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,” he said. “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 [the series was co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company]. I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had.”