Review: Scottie Pippen Writes Her Own ‘Last Dance’ Story | Entertainment

This image released by Atria shows “Unguarded” by Scottie Pippen, with Michael Arkush.


By ROB MERRILL Associated Press

“Unguarded” by Scottie Pippen with Michael Arkush (Atria Books)

Scottie Pippen would like you to know that Michael Jordan and the rest of his Chicago Bulls teammates didn’t win six NBA titles in the ’90s without him. The seven-time All-Star, two-time Olympic champion and recently a member of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team has waited decades to write a memoir, but is holding nothing back in “Unguarded.” Like many superstar athletes, it turns out that Pippen can really hold a grudge.

About Jordan: “I was a much better teammate than Michael ever was. “On Doug Collins, his first coach in Chicago:” The best coaches are constructive criticism. They don’t humiliate their players. They feed them … Not Doug. Doug never. And the late Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause: “He was always trying to get rid of me. “

It’s these types of digs that will make the headlines of this book, but for every cutting point Pippen also gives plenty of praise to the coaches and teammates who have been a part of his basketball journey. His general point is that the media’s obsession with Michael Jordan – and No.23’s willingness to accept all accolades and endorsements – created a false narrative that ignored how essential teamwork is to success. on a basketball court.

Pippen says he wrote the book because of all the attention the Netflix documentary, “The Last Dance,” chronicling the Bulls’ final championship season in 1997-98. “It was almost as if Michael felt the need to put me down to get up,” he wrote. He touches on every topic that NBA fans know so well – from when he refused to play the final 1.8 seconds of a playoff game in 1994 after coach Phil Jackson drew the last shot for his teammate Toni Kukoc, with Jordan taking a break from basketball that year and the next to play baseball.

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