One of the hottest discussion points to come out of the first two episodes of “The Last Dance” has been Scottie Pippen’s salary, and whether he handled his offseason surgery properly.
There’s no question that Pippen was vastly underpaid for how much he contributed to the Bulls. Jerry Reinsdorf admitted as much during the show, and even claimed to have warned Pippen that it was a bad deal.
But did Pippen handle the situation well when the team refused to renegotiate the contract? In “The Last Dance,” Michael Jordan says he thought Pippen acted selfishly by waiting to undergo foot surgery until the season started.
However, another teammate disagrees with MJ. Steve Kerr joined “The Jump” on Tuesday and said many Bulls teammates understood Pippen’s decision.
“Everyone respected Scottie, so much,” Kerr said on “The Jump.” “We felt his frustration. He probably should have been the second-highest-paid guy in the NBA or definitely top-five. So we all felt for him, nobody resented him for having that surgery later.”
Kerr also describes how important Pippen was to balance out Jordan within the locker room.
“I think this documentary is showing how tough Michael was on his teammates,” Kerr said. “Scottie was sort of the counterbalance to that. He was the one who made us all feel comfortable and confident. He was beloved on that team.”
Definitely seems like a guy who’d deserve some unconditional support from his teammates.
“We all understood, let's give him his space, and he's going to be there for the second stretch of the season for us."
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