Scottie Pippen is undoubtedly the greatest sidekick in the history of the NBA and is one of the erstwhile teammates Michael Jordan remains very good friends with to this day. However, Jordan’s agent, David Falk, doesn’t seem to share His Airness’s fondness for Scottie.
Falk has already seen The Last Dance in its entirety and, speaking to 106.7 FM’s The Junkies on NBC Sports Washington this week, said there are certain things he and others have known for a long time that will come to light in the remaining episodes.
“Pippen has a certain level of jealousy towards Michael,” Falk claimed. “He has said recently many times he thinks LeBron’s a better player. Now, if you’re Scottie Pippen, and Michael Jordan made your career, completely made your career; even if you think that, keep it to yourself.
Scottie’s problem, as the documentary points out in so many different places after the episodes you’ve seen, is that he wasn’t a great competitor. There were times for silly reasons. The migraine; you think that Michael Jordan [would do that] unless he had his leg amputated?”
Jordan’s relationship with Pippen was far from perfect and he made it clear he felt Scottie was being selfish when he purposely delayed his surgery so he’d miss the beginning of the 1997/98 season. It’s also quite natural to feel a bit of jealousy when you’re great at your craft yet still operating in someone else’s shadow. But MJ will be the first to tell you his legacy would not be what it is today had it not been for Scottie Pippen.