Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are reportedly done with their friendship following a series of disparaging comments Scottie made about Michael Jordan. It’s reported that they are no longer friends and on speaking terms. It’s unfortunate but I will blame Scottie for this separation.
According to Knicks legend Charles Oakley, who is tight with Michael Jordan, Scottie and Michael are no longer on speaking terms.
“No, I think it’s over,” Oakley said about Jordan and Pippen’s relationship during a recent appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It wasn’t great from the get-go.”
Scottie Pippen showed his true colors following the airing of the Bulls documentary The Last Dance. Clearly he didn’t like how he was portrayed, and blamed it squarely on Michael. Plus Scottie was trying to cash in on a book deal, and figured the best way to sell more books was to sling more mud.
Here is just one of the wild quotes that Pippen said about Jordan.
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.
Now here I was, in my midfifties, seventeen years since my final game, watching us being demeaned once again. Living through it the first time was insulting enough.
To make things worse, Michael received $10 million for his role in the doc while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime, another reminder of the pecking order from the old days. For an entire season, we allowed cameras into the sanctity of our locker rooms, our practices, our hotels, our huddles…our lives.
For the record, Jordan gave the money to charity.
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