The Michael Jordan Documentary “The Last Dance” was a huge hit over our COVID-19 quarantine this spring. It really made people appreciate 90s basketball and realize how good Michael Jordan actually was. However, it did piss some people off. Like it did Michael Jordan’s trusted teammate Scottie Pippen. Scottie Pippen in a Q&A with Andrew Anthony of The Guardian:
How accurate was the The Last Dance in showing what went on?
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. 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.
Have you spoken to him about your opinion of series?
Yeah. I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it. He accepted it. He said, “hey, you’re right”. That was pretty much it.
Let’s be honest here, this documentary was about Michael Jordan or less about the Bulls. They went into Michael Jordan’s background and focused on HIM and then the Bulls. However, I can see where Scottie Pippen was mad. He was portrayed as a quitter in a playoff game because he refused to go in. Scottie Pippen also delayed his surgery to be petty against the Bulls. The documentary was meant to look good for Jordan as Jordan was involved in the production itself. So, there is some truth to what Pippen said.