Scottie Pippen hasn't gotten over the way Michael Jordan spoke about him in The Last Dance.
GQ has an exerpt of Pippen's upcoming biography Unguarded.
In it, he says he was able to screen the documentary about the Bulls dynasty weeks before it aired.
He says he couldn't believe what he saw.
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 teammate of all time,” he called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.
On second thought, I could believe my eyes. I spent a lot of time around the man. I knew what made him tick. How naïve I was to expect anything else.
Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates 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 6 for 24 from the field, commit 5 turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan.
Pippen added that he was miffed that Jordan was paid $10 million for the docuseries but none of the other Bulls got anything.
After the documentary aired, Pippen said he got texts from Michael Jordan and John Paxson -- their former teammate and longtime Bulls executive.
They both wanted to feel out how Pippen felt about the doc.
Paxson also apologized for how the Bulls had treated Pippen after he retired and began to cry during their conversation.
"He began to cry. Not knowing how to respond, I waited for him to stop. Why he was crying, I couldn’t be sure, and honestly, I didn’t care."