“In the doc, Michael attempted to justify the occasions in which he berated a teammate in front of the group,” Pippen wrote. “He felt these guys needed to develop the toughest to get past the the NBA’s more physical teams. Seeing again how poorly Michael treated his teammates, I cringed, as I did back then.
“Michael was wrong. We didn’t win six championships because he got on guys. We won in spite of his getting on guys. We won because we played team basketball, which hadn’t been the case my first two seasons, when Doug Collins was our coach. That’s what was special about playing for the Bulls: the camaraderie we established with one another, not that we felt blessed to be on the same team with the immortal Michael Jordan.
“I was a much better teammate that Michael ever was. Ask anyone who played with the two of us. I was always there with a pat on the back or an encouraging word, especially after he put someone down for one reason or another. I helped the others to believe in and stop doubting themselves.”
After Jordan’s documentary “The Last Dance” was released last year, Pippen admitted that he was not pleased with it.
The six-time NBA champion looks like he wants to set the record straight about how the Bulls dynasty really unfolded by releasing his memoir.
It will be interesting to see if Jordan responds to Pippen’s statements.
The duo is considered to be one of the best superstar pairings in league history. Together, they led the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s.