Scotty Pippen says he has spoken with Michael Jordan since “The Last Dance” documentary aired in the spring, and he has removed any rifts between retired Chicago Bulls stars.
“Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?” Pippen said.
Jordan widely praised Pippen in the documentary, who hailed the 1990s dynasty as the best teammate. But Jordan called Pippen in the second episode to make a “selfish” decision to delay offshine surgery on a torn tendon in his ankle until after the start of the 1997–98 season. Jordan stated that in the documentary he did not understand Pippen’s decision.
There were reports that Pippen was unhappy with his portrayal in the documentary, but said on Tuesday, “I was not upset about it.” The documentary also included Pippen’s refusal to enter the final seconds in Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semi-finals.
“It didn’t bother me at all,” Pippen said. “It was an opportunity for our younger generation who had not seen or known anything about basketball in the 90s.”
The series aired on five consecutive Sunday nights in April and May and included never-before-seen footage from the 1997–98 season, when the team pursued their sixth championship in a span of eight years.
The 54-year-old Pippon won six NBA championships with the Bulls, was an All-Star seven times and won two Olympic gold medals. He is now an NBA analyst, primarily for The Jump, an ESPN studio show.
He chose the Los Angeles Lakers as Florida’s favorite to emerge as NBA champion.
“If you were to pick one, I’d say whatever team LeBron James is,” Pippon said. “The fact is that his experience, his ability to pull a team together, his ability to be dominant – he is the most effective player in the game right now and Kevin Durant is not in the game.”
The documentary was a ratings winner when the game was on Hetus due to the coronovirus epidemic. ESPN and Nielsen said that the last two episodes of ‘The Last Dance’ had 5.6 million viewers.