‘The Last Dance’ couldn’t have come at a better time for the world really, as it ensured that there was at least some kind of sport content for us over the last five weeks as seemingly everyone in the world has tuned into it to get their fix – even those who had no real prior knowledge of basketball beforehand.
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The documentary undoubtedly focusses mainly on Michael Jordan and it’s interesting to know that he was a bit worried about how fans might react to some of the new information presented about him during the documentary, namely bullying Scott Burrell and punching Steve Kerr in the face and everything else he was involved in, but it seems like he rode the wave and came out the other side fairly unscathed. The same can not be said of Scottie Pippen though, he is ‘livid’ about his portrayal in the series.
Here’s what an ESPN radio host called David Kaplan said about it:
[Pippen] felt like up until the last few minutes of Game 6 against the Jazz [in the 1998 NBA Finals], it was just ’bash Scottie, bash Scottie, bash Scottie.
He was angry with Michael for saying he was selfish in delaying his surgery before the 97/98 season and saying that he didn’t play well in Game 7 of the 1990 series against the Pistons when he was suffering from a migraine.
I mean I suppose you probably would be pretty annoyed about that, especially when you were in Pippen’s situation and constantly getting rinsed about being massively underpaid per his contribution to the Bulls dynasty. However, if you watch the documentary you do kinda get the feeling that Pippen has a massive ego as well, so maybe some of that criticism was justified?
Not sure how this is going to play out, but it’s great to see that a documentary about something that happened 20 years ago can still reignite old feuds from an locker room full of egos. Should be a fun couple of weeks dealing with the aftermath.
For more of the same, check out the inside of Michael Jordan’s house. Completely crazy.