Scottie Pippen plays down Michael Jordan breakup after ‘Last Dance’

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Scottie Pippen says he’s spoken with Michael Jordan since the documentary “The Last Dance” aired in the spring, and he’s played down any rifts between the retired Chicago Bulls stars.”Why should I be offended by everything that happened 30 years ago?” Pippen said.

Jordan largely praised Pippen in the documentary that chronicled the Bulls Dynasty of the 1990s as the best teammate he has ever had. But Jordan called out Pippen in the second episode for making a “selfish” decision to delay offseason surgery on a ruptured ankle tendon until after the start of the 1997-98 season. Jordan said in the documentary that he does not understand Pippen’s decision.

There were reports that Pippen was unhappy with his portrayal in the documentary, but he said on Tuesday, “I wasn’t mad about it. The documentary also included Pippen’s refusal to play in Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semi-finals in the dying seconds.

“It didn’t bother me at all,” Pippen said. “It was an opportunity for our younger generation who had seen nothing or 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 continued their sixth championship in eight years.

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

He picked the Los Angeles Lakers as his favorite to get the NBA champion out of Florida.

“If you wanted to pick one, I would say regardless of LeBron James’ squad,” Pippen said. “The fact that his experience, his ability to put a team together, his ability to be dominant – he’s the most dominant player in the game right now, Kevin Durant not being in the game. ”

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

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