A lot has been said about Scottie Pippen and his allegations or truth, depending on how you see it, detailed in his book “Unguarded.” Former teammates and peers sounded off different opinions, but most of them agreed there was no point for Pippen to throw everyone under the bus or burn down the whole house.
It ain’t worth burning down the whole house
One of the most vocal personalities against Scottie’s controversial statements, Charles Barkley, claimed that he wouldn’t trade the money for selling books for destroying the friendships built over the years if he were in Pip’s position.
Barkley admitted he has not read the book yet but read some excerpts, and some of the things Pippen said against Phil Jackson and Jordan were simply unacceptable. In an interview posted on SiriusXM NBA, Barkley responded with how he would have framed the story. After all, the MJ-Pip tandem won six championships together.
“That little bit of money ain't worth me burning down the whole house. He didn't incinerate and he burned down the whole house and came back and make sure it was already came back the next day to make sure it was burned down.”
Charles Barkley, ">Grey Area
Did the marketing strategy work?
The book itself, according to reviews, isn’t bad. But not that great, either. It has a 3.5 over 5 rating on Goodreads. Amazon is kinder with a 4.3 over 5 stars rating. It made the New York Times Best Selling list which made its author feel like it won a championship.
The marketing, extra publicity, and all the fire Pippen used to burn all the house of relationships he’s built over the years worked. Did he need to do all that to sell a book? We can’t say. The book is intriguing, at least for those who grew up in the 90s to 00s. However, the 2010 generation probably wasn’t aware of the historical magnitude of what MJ, Pippen, and the Chicago Bulls accomplished.
The success of The Last Dance could have urged Pippen to write Unguarded. If the Netflix documentary wasn’t released or was not as successful, would Unguarded ever have been written? He probably wouldn’t have been so bitter, that’s sure.
We still hope this is just a phase, and (one of) the greatest duo in NBA history will be reunited again.