Skip to main content

THE LAST DANCE, EPISODE 2 The Scottie Pippen episode

Michael-Jordan-Scottie-Pippen

Episode 2 revealed Scottie Pippen as the primary source of drama in the entire ‘97/’98 season. To sum it up, Pippen was significantly underpaid due to the 7-year contract he had signed in 1991. With Jerry Krause planning a rebuild, it created a lot of issues. Pippen wanted to renegotiate, Krause tried to trade him. 

“It was embarrassing because he was maybe the no. 2 player in the NBA.”

Phil Jackson

During the Bulls’ championship run, Pippen was second in scoring, second in rebounding, second in minutes played, first in assists, first in steals, and 122nd in salary in the NBA. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said it clearly in the episode - once you sign a contract, there’s no chance he will talk to you about renegotiating it. That’s how a situation like this happened. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Bulls pay scale in 1998

It resulted in Scottie getting surgery at the beginning of the season, instead of during the summer. His logic was simple - the team wasn’t being player-friendly with a renegotiation, so Scottie wouldn’t be team-friendly with the time of his surgery. Even Jordan said he felt Pippen was being selfish and putting himself above the team. For MJ, this wasn’t about money - he was just thinking about winning. (It's easy not seeing is as a money issue when you're getting paid more than the rest of the team combined.)

“Every day that Scottie wasn’t playing gave someone else confidence that they could beat us.”

Michael Jordan

The episode ends with a forgotten moment. Pippen had enough and had asked for a trade. This gives us a week to take a step back and compare that situation to today's NBA. Player empowerment may seem absurd at times today; this is a reminder where they are coming from.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving clears the air on the rumors he hates LeBron James

In a shocking turn of events, Irving blames the media.

Gary Payton is widely regarded as one of the best trash talkers in NBA history, and Gilbert Arenas explains why he was so good

Gilbert Arenas recalls one of the first time playing against Gary Payton: "When that buzzer went off, I ran off the court and was like, 'thank you, Jesus"

According to Gilbert Arenas, Gary Payton knew basketball was about mental toughness, and he used his trash talking abilities to break down his opponents

Richard Jefferson gives brutal forecast for the Los Angeles Lakers

Richard Jefferson gives a brutal forecast for the Los Angeles Lakers

For Richard Jefferson, the Los Angeles Lakers front office needs to put in some serious work to turn a roster into a contending team.

Brooklyn Nets, Sean Marks want Kyrie Irving’s commitment, availability before contract talks start

Brooklyn Nets, Sean Marks want Kyrie Irving’s commitment, and availability before contract talks start

Sean Marks laid out the non-negotiables for Kyrie Irving to get an extension: commitment and availability.

Kevin Durant responds to a comment that European players are more skilled than US players because of Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic

Kevin Durant responds to a comment that European players are more skilled than US players because of Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic

Kevin Durant doesn't agree with the notion European players are more skilled than US players just because of an example of Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic because he describes them as anomalies.

bob-lanier-min

The legend of Bob Lanier

Rest in peace to one of the NBA greats

Andre Miller leaves Steve Nash off his all-time list of point guards

Andre Miller’s list of the greatest point guards ever misses some big names

17-year NBA veteran Andre Miller chose Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Isiah Thomas and John Stockton as top floor generals that played in the NBA.