As ‘The Last Dance’ was being serialized on TV, David Falk suggested that Scottie Pippen is jealous of his former teammate Michael Jordan.
The Last Dance was one of the groundbreaking documentary series ever put on television. It gave us insights into the business of the NBA and how exactly MJ changed its fortunes. Above all, it showcased exactly what the environment in the Bulls locker room was like.
The series predictably goes in-depth into the background story of Michael Jordan all through his career. However, it doesn’t solely follow his career. The Last Dance also showcases Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in episodes dedicated to their NBA success stories.
The show opened to a tidal wave of love and affection for the generation-defining Bulls. It swung the pendulum squarely back in Jordan’s direction with respect to the GOAT debate.
However, some aspects of the documentary have invited critique from Pippen himself. Scottie revealed his real thoughts on the documentary series in a tell-all interview with the Guardian:
“I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified. I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had. So I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it. He accepted it. He said, “hey, you’re right”. That was pretty much it.”
“Scottie Pippen is jealous of Michael Jordan”: David Falk
Even before these statements regarding The Last Dance, Pippen was accused of jealousy by Jordan’s agent David Falk. Falk didn’t mind getting into controversial territory during the time of his comments last year.
In fact, Falk squarely accused Pippen of being a bad competitor:
“Pippen has a certain level of jealousy towards Michael. He has said recently many times he thinks LeBron’s a better player. Now, if you’re Scottie Pippen, and Michael Jordan made your career, completely made your career; even if you think that, keep it to yourself.”
“Scottie’s problem, as the documentary points out in so many different places after the episodes you’ve seen, is that he wasn’t a great competitor. There were times for silly reasons. The migraine; you think that Michael Jordan (would do that) unless he had his leg amputated?”
Falk definitely ventured into red hot take territory with this opinion, and it lacks any basis in fact. Pippen finished 3rd in MVP voting when Jordan took a year off his peak to concentrate on his baseball career. These are not the signs of a bad competitor at all.