MICHAEL JORDAN’S old team-mate Scottie Pippen is “beyond livid” at the “selfish” portrayal of him in the hit Netflix series, The Last Dance.
Pippen, who was one of Jordan’s key teammates at Chicago Bulls, has been left fuming at episode two of the ten-part Netflix show, according to reports.
Pippen (right) was Jordan’s (left) key team-mate during the era of unprecedented success at the Bulls[/caption]
The show has proven to be a real hit with basketball fans for the incredible insight into Jordan’s final year at the Bulls – and flashbacks to his formative years.
In the second episode, Pippen becomes caught up in a tense contract dispute with the Bulls and he delayed surgery on his ankle until the beginning of the 1997-98 season, which left him rotting on the bench for two months.
Jordan blasted Pippen’s decision as “selfish” which has ruffled the 54-year-old’s feathers.
ESPN Radio host David Kaplan said: “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’.
Kaplan also added on his ESPN 100 radio show that Pippen “didn’t know what he was getting himself into” in relation to the overall series.
On Wednesday former Bulls ace Horace Grant branded Jordan a “liar” and “snitch” over the “bulls***” documentary.
Grant – who features heavily in the documentary – has blasted the show after Jordan labelled HIM a snitch.
In 1992, investigative journalist Sam Smith released a book called The Jordan Rules – which chronicles the Bulls’ 1990-91 championship-winning season.
The book constantly references a source, with Jordan adamant the mole was Grant.
But Grant has lashed out at Jordan, saying he simply has a grudge on him – because he was never anything more than a close friend of Smith.
He also continued by saying Jordan is a “snitch” himself, after he spoke out about a room full of his team-mates doing drugs together in an earlier episode of the show.
Pippen reportedly “didn’t know what he was getting into” with the series[/caption]
Pippin also appears in another earlier episode where Jordan discusses the ace’s infamous “Migraine Game” – Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against fierce rivals the Detroit Pistons in 1990.
Pippen, was hit that day with a serious migraine and struggled with his vision and feelings of nausea.
But Jordan appeared to scoff when asked about Pippen’s illness which prompted him to ask to sit out the final 1.8 seconds of the game – with Grant suggesting he got a raw deal.
Grant continued: “I have never seen a No2 guy, as decorated as Scottie Pippen, portrayed so badly.
“In terms of the migraine, in terms of the 1.8 seconds, [Jordan calling him] selfish. I have never seen this in all of my life.
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“In Pip’s defence, he was out there in Game 6 [of the 1998 Finals], could barely walk, getting knocked down on his back.
“He tried to do whatever he could to help that team. My point is, why was that 1.8 seconds in the so-called documentary about Pip?
“MJ wasn’t even on the team. Why was that in there? We handled that that year really well as a team”.