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Scottie Pippen is again taking issue with the way he was portrayed in the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” which chronicled the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season, which ended up being the last of their six championships.

In an excerpt in GQ Magazine of his upcoming memoir, “Unguarded,” Pippen said that Jordan had the final say in the 10-part documentary, which aired in May 2020.

“Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates secondary, smaller, the message no different from when he referred to us back then as his ‘supporting cast.’ They glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates,” Pippen wrote. “Michael deserved a large portion of the blame. The producers had granted him editorial control of the final product. The doc couldn’t have been released otherwise. He was the leading man and the director.”

During the documentary, Jordan called Pippen his “best teammate of all time.”

“He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried,” Pippen wrote.

Scottie Pippen, right, embraces an exhausted Michael Jordan following the Chicago Bulls' win in the "Flu Game" -- Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.Scottie Pippen, right, embraces an exhausted Michael Jordan following the Chicago Bulls' win in the "Flu Game" -- Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.

Scottie Pippen, right, embraces an exhausted Michael Jordan following the Chicago Bulls’ win in the “Flu Game” — Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.

Pippen also asserts that Jordan released the film for an interesting reason.

“Michael was determined to prove to the current generation of fans that he was larger-than-life during his day—and still larger than LeBron James, the player many consider his equal, if not superior,” Pippen wrote.

Pippen also said Jordan was paid $10 million for his role in the film, while he and the rest of the Bulls “didn’t earn a dime.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Scottie Pippen: Jordan was condescending in ‘Last Dance’ documentary

Source: Yahoo Sports

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