Though “The Last Dance” may have dragged up some old feelings or feuds when it debuted earlier this year, former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen said Tuesday that he and Michael Jordan are totally fine.
Any beef between the two, he said, is long over.
“Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?” he said, via the Associated Press.
The Last Dance ‘didn’t bother me at all’
ESPN’s 10-part documentary series on Jordan’s time with the Chicago Bulls covered a lot of ground when it aired in April and March. Naturally, a big focus was on Pippen and his impact on the organization’s success. Undoubtedly, the team wouldn’t have been anywhere close to the same without him.
Pippen, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, played for the Bulls from 1987 until the dynasty broke up after the 1998 season. He averaged 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while in Chicago, earning seven All-Star nods and was described by Jordan as the best teammate he ever had.
The documentary, however, highlighted a few moments where Pippen and Jordan didn’t see eye-to-eye — including Pippen’s decision to delay surgery on his foot on purpose, sitting out during the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals out of spite and more.
There were reports after the documentary had wrapped up that the 54-year-old was upset with how he was portrayed.
That, Pippen said, isn’t true. He was all for the documentary — especially since it provided so many new basketball fans a look at their successes.
“It didn’t bother me at all,” Pippen said, via the Associated Press. “It was an opportunity for our younger generation that hadn’t seen or knew anything about basketball in the ‘90s.”
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