Scottie Pippen Says ‘Last Dance’ “Was More About Michael Trying To Uplift Himself And To Be Glorified”

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Scottie Pippen Says 'Last Dance' "Was More About Michael Trying To Uplift Himself And To Be Glorified"
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Scottie Pippen let Michael Jordan know how he felt about The Last Dance documentary, which came out earlier this year.

Scottie Pippen wasn’t much of a fan of this year’s The Last Dance documentary. The series, which offered an unprecedented look into the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls during the team’s 1997-98 season — the season before their sixth championship; the season before Phil Jackson’s departure; and the season before Michael Jordan’s second retirement — was addressed in a recent interview Pippen did with The Guardian, where he was asked about how accurate it was in retelling that moment.

“I don’t think it was that accurate in terms of really defining what was accomplished in one of the greatest eras of basketball, but also by two of the greatest players – and one could even put that aside and say the greatest team of all time,” Pippen said. “I didn’t think those things stood out in the documentary. I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified [the series was co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company]. I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had.”

Pippen also said that he told Jordan how he felt about the documentary, telling the legendary athlete,  “I wasn’t too pleased with it.”

“He accepted it. He said, ‘hey, you’re right.’ That was pretty much it,” Jordan said in response, according to Pippen.

The 10-part documentary series is available to watch on Netflix.

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