He wanted them to realize that Michael Jordan, his team and other players would not have won the NBA championships in 90s.
Scottie Pippen wants to remind you that Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls teammates would not have won six NBA titles without Scottie Pippen in the 1990s. Pippen, seven-time All-Star and two-time Olympic champion, was a long-time waiter to write his memoir. But he didn’t know much about “Undefended.” Pippen is a great athlete, but he can also hold grudges.
These sharp comments will be the focus of the book. However, Pippen gave a lot of praises to his teammates and coaches for their participation in his basketball journey. His general view is that the media’s obsession with Michael Jordan, and their willingness to accept every compliment and endorsement on the 23rd created an artificial narrative that ignores the importance of teamwork for success on the basketball court.
Jordan says, “I am a better friend than Michael.” About Doug Collins, his Chicago coach: “The best coaches can be constructive critics.” They don’t humiliate the players. They raise them. Doug? Never Doug. “And the late Chicago Bulls general Manager Jerry Krause: He always wants to get rid me.”
These pages will be familiar to those who have followed his career closely. Pippen was outspoken on and off the court. The Bulls did not have low media coverage during their glory days. Pippen seemed only to want to share his thoughts so they could be a part of the historical record.
Pippen claimed that he wrote this book to take advantage of the Netflix documentary “The Last Dance”, which captured the final season of 1997-1998 Bulls championship. He said, “It’s almost as if Michael felt the need get out of the car to get up.” He covered all the topics NBA fans are familiar, beginning with the moment Jordan refused play in the final 1.8 seconds of 1994’s playoffs. After coach Phil Jackson set the final shot, Jordan decided to take a break from basketball and instead played baseball the following year.
This is why the book has been such a great success. But it would have been nice to get behind-the scenes at each championship. Pippen’s post-season review seems more like a general score, without any new ideas or stories that fans may not know. They will finally read the book: diehard Bulls fans who long to relive the glory days.
No matter how the story is told, or who it is written by, whether in a 10 part documentary or 274-page book memoir, one thing is certain: The Chicago Bulls won three consecutive championships, and it is unlikely that the story will change. He will be a familiar face to NBA players.