Now, the Hall-of-Famer is reckoning with his time with the Bulls, and boy is he holding nothing back. In his new book Unguarded, an excerpt of which as published by GQ, Pippen goes in on Jordan the Bulls franchise, and the seminal documentary series The Last Dance, which he says placed Jordan on a pedestal. Pippen writes that Jordan would “never have become” the Michael Jordan we know today without him and the rest of his teammates.
He also writes that he and Jordan have never had a tight friendship. “Michael and I aren’t close and never have been,” Pippen explains in the book.
As for his gripes with The Last Dance, Pippen laments that Jordan earned millions for being the leading man in the series, while the rest of his teammates got nothing. “Michael received $10 million for his role in the doc while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime, another reminder of the pecking order from the old days. For an entire season, we allowed cameras into the sanctity of our locker rooms, our practices, our hotels, our huddles…our lives,” he wrote, per GQ.