There has been mixed feedback about ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary about NBA icon Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, including from Jordan’s former teammates Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen, who were apparently unhappy with how they were portrayed.
Dennis Rodman, on the other hand, wasn’t having it with any of his former teammates’ reported complaints.
Rodman, a five-time NBA champion with the Bulls and “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons, said they shouldn’t be complaining about how they were portrayed because this was something of their own doing.
“The players were a little upset because they felt Michael was throwing them under the bus. ‘You guys wasn’t [sic] doing what I want you to do, I’m the greatest, I’m determined to win no matter what,’” Rodman said on the Good Morning Britain program, according to the Mirror.
“The next thing you know, Michael starts to talking [sic] about the whole team … the teammates I played with.
“Mentally, I don’t think they were strong enough to handle that, because Phil Jackson is a laid-back coach. Michael is more like, ‘I’m going to do it, watch me be famous.’ I didn’t care because I was already famous,” Rodman added.
Rodman said that his former teammates do not possess the right amount of mental toughness to withstand the criticism from Jordan or the documentary, which is the very reason why they shouldn’t be mad about it. Rodman also said he wasn’t affected by how he was portrayed in The Last Dance.
Pippen, who won six NBA championships with Jordan and the Bulls, is reportedly “so angry” and “beyond livid” at his teammate for how he came across in the documentary, according to David Kaplan of ESPN 1000.
Pippen’s purportedly unhappiness derives from Jordan calling him “selfish” and that he “didn’t realise what he was getting himself into” with the ten-part series that spanned five weeks.
“ (Pippen) felt like up until the last few minutes of Game 6 against the Jazz (in the 1998 NBA Finals), it was just ‘Bash Scottie, bash Scottie, bash Scottie,’” Kaplan said.
That report came after Grant denied he fed author Sam Smith information about the team for his book The Jordan Rules.
Grant said if you say something about Jordan, “he’s going to try to destroy your character”. He also confirmed a story from Smith earlier this month, when the author told KNBR Jordan took Grant’s food away when the forward had a bad game. Grant said he didn’t take it lightly.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission
Originally published as Rodman slams teammates for MJ anger