ESPN The last dance highlighted Michael Jordan’s relationship with former teammate Scottie Pippen. The two won six championships with the Chicago Bulls, but there was a huge pay gap. While fans were very sympathetic to Pippen’s plight, his ex-wife Larsa Pippen makes sure everyone knows that he has made more money in his NBA career than Jordan.
“The Last Dance” breaks down Pippen’s salary for the Bulls
Pippen was considered Jordan’s sidekick during their championship
run, but he achieved impressive numbers during his time in the NBA. Above
during his career with the Bulls, Pippen averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists,
6.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 2.1 interceptions per game.
In The last danceMichael Jordan, a six-time MVP in the NBA Finals and five-time MVP winner, admitted that he would not have won six championships without Pippen at his side. According to Newsweek, Jordan called Pippen “the best teammate of all time”, but the Bulls failed to pay him the same salary as other superstars in the league.
After the Bulls won their first title, Pippen signed a seven-year contract
deal with the team that was only worth $ 18 million. Despite helping Bulls win
six titles, the team has never paid him more than $ 4 million a year.
Pippen did not complain about his contract in his early years with the Bulls, but in 1995 he no longer thought his deal was fair. In an interview with TNT Sports, Pippen admitted that he wanted a job, something that general manager Jerry Krause teased but never seriously considered.
How does Pippen’s salary compare to Jordan’s?
Jordan signed several big contracts with the Bulls during his
career. This includes back-to-back deals that have earned him $ 30 million a year.
During the 1997-1998 season, which is covered The last dance,
Jordan made $ 33 million a year, making him the highest paid player
in the NBA. The second highest paid employee was Patrick Ewing, who worked
$ 20.5 million a year for the New York Knicks.
While Pippen was an integral part of the team’s success, he was the Bulls’ sixth highest paid player in 1997. The last dance, former Bulls head coach Phil Jackson called Pippen’s salary “inconvenient,” especially given his value to the team.
“It was embarrassing,” said Jackson. ” Because he
was perhaps the No. 2 player in the NBA. Its value was immense. “
Aside from his NBA salary, Jordan has signed deals with Nike and is
currently valued at over $ 2 billion. The gap between Jordan and
Pippen’s revenues have sparked controversy with fans, but Pippen has moved away
his wife, Larsa Pippen, wants everyone to know he’s okay.
Larsa Pippen goes to Twitter after “The Last Dance”
The fans who watched The last dance have certainly sympathized
with Pippen on his lackluster salary. But Pippen’s distant wife, Larsa
Pippen, clears the air from his NBA overall salary.
Speaking to Twitter, Larsa Pippen cited a report that revealed that Pippen had earned more than $ 109 million in his career. That’s about $ 20 million more than Jordan in his career, a total of more than $ 90 million.
“Thank you for your concern, Scottie did #TheLastDance well,”
After leaving the Bulls, Pippen played for the Houston Rockets
for the 1998-98 season. The Portland Trailblazers picked it up the following
season. Pippen stayed in Portland for four years before ending his career
Chicago in 2003.
Larsa Pippen shows off her bikini body
Larsa’s tweet comes weeks after she shared a backtrack
bikini photos of herself on social media. Larsa, who is a good friend of Kim’s
Kardashian posted a photo of her swinging a silver swimsuit on a beach.
“My happiest place, I can’t wait to come back,” she says
captioned the post.
In 2018, Pippen and Larsa announced their divorce. The two had been married for more than two decades at the time of their separation. Sources say The Blast sources say they are now close to finalizing their divorce, although it is unclear where they are in the process.
“We have both tried very hard for a long time to make our
the wedding work and finally came to the conclusion that it is better that we
live separate lives, “said Larsa.
Scottie Pippen did not comment on reports surrounding the
Last Dance. New episodes are broadcast on Sunday evening on ESPN.