Scottie Pippen’s upcoming memoir will apparently tell stories he’s kept to himself “for years.”
In the Hall of Famer’s tell-all memoir, “UNGUARDED”—which is set to hit stands November 16—he gives his side of the story on the Chicago Bulls dynasty story, including details on his rings run with the ‘90s Bulls and teammate Michael Jordan, the New York Post reported.
The Bulls won six championships, but it appears everything on the team wasn’t so peachy keen.
According to the book’s description, there seems to be some shade thrown at Michael Jordan in the memoir. Pippen throws a few jabs at Jordan and his leadership skills and other things.
“Simply put, without Pippen, there are no championship banners — let alone six — hanging from the United Center rafters. There’s no ‘The Last Dance’ documentary,” the description reads, referencing Jordan’s ESPN docu-series about the ’90s Bulls championship seasons.
“There’s no ‘Michael Jordan’ as we know him. The 1990s Chicago Bulls teams would not exist as we know them.”
It’s no secret that Pippen wasn’t totally in favor of how the story was told in “The Last Dance,” a six-part series co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company.
“Pippen details how he cringed at being labeled Jordan’s sidekick and discusses how he could have (and should have) received more respect from the Bulls’ management and the media,” the “UNGUARDED” description reads.
“He discusses what it was like dealing with Jordan on a day-to-day basis while serving as the real leader within the Bulls locker room.”
The duo were teammates on the Chicago NBA team from 1987 to 1993 and then met back up in 1995 to 1998. Jordan presented Pippen when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. Then the two made another public appearance in 2017 at the Jordan Flight School camp located in California.
Pippen didn’t like that he was referenced as Jordan’s number 2 in “The Last Dance” and was vocal about why he wasn’t a fan of it last year.
“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,” Pippen told The Guardian in December 2020.
“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. I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance t
He also admitted to confronting his former teammate about his feelings.
“I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it. He accepted it. He said, ‘Hey, you’re right.’ That was pretty much it,” Pippen recalled.
The memoir is available for pre-order now.