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Grant Hill calls MJ-Pippen beef “sad”, teases autobiography release next year


Grant Hill wasn't shy to talk about the Last Dance fallout between teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Admitting he remains close to both, the former Detroit Pistons star expressed hope things had been settled privately. 

"It’s sad in a lot of ways"

Hill guested on The Real show hosted by Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Baylon. Grant, appointed as the next managing director of USA Men’s Basketball, shared his views on the fallout between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. 

“It’s sad in a lot of ways. It was tough for me because I’m playing against them and all of us in the NBA. But I’m friends with both, I’m fans [of] both. And you just hate to see that legacy now tainted by this sort of back-and-forth.”

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Everyone feels the same way. It did not have to end like that, but that’s just the way things happened. Many accuse Pippen of just creating noise because he is selling his book. The thing is, I don't think a player of Pippen's caliber would need to stir drama like this up to promote his book. Scottie surely has enough anecdotes and basketball takes to get us all interested.

It’s safe to say that Pippen and Mike would not have the careers they’ve had if they did not become teammates. The truth is they needed each other to become successful, whether one of them admits it or not. No book could change that.

Grant Hill to release autobiography next year

The Hall-of-Famer teased his upcoming autobiography scheduled for 2022. Grant was tight-lipped on the details, but he shared it will be about his journey and insecurities on the court. Will he take the Scottie Pippen route and accuse former teammates and coaches of controversial things? I wouldn't bet on it. 

Does a player need to release a book to cement his legacy? It depends. Any athlete who wants to share life stories and lessons with fans and other players is free to do so. In the case of Pippen and MJ, the book written by Scottie tarnished what the duo was able to accomplish on the floor. So instead of glorifying their careers, it did the opposite. Here's to hoping they can still sort it out between them. 

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