Scottie Pippen: There is no rift between me and Michael Jordan



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Scottie Pippen: There is no rift between me and Michael Jordan

Former six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen insists the relationship between him and his former teammate Michael Jordan remains fine aftter the airing of The Last Dance as he insists he has no reasons for any type of hard feelings.

The Last Dance -- a Jordan documentary that aired in the spring -- featured a number of former Chicago Bulls players, including Pippen -- whom Jordan described as the "best teammate" he ever had. But in the second episode Jordan called Pippen "selfish" for his decision to delay offseason surgery on a ruptured tendon in his ankle until after the start of the 1997-98 season.

Jordan, who led the Bulls to six NBA titles, said he didn't understand Pippen's decision. Shortly after the ending of The Last Dance, the reports surfaced that Pippen was unhappy with how he was portrayed in the documentary.

"I wasn't upset about it," Pippen said, per the Associated Press. "It didn't bother me at all. It was an opportunity for our younger generation that hadn't seen or knew anything about basketball in the '90s."

Pippen tips LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to win the title

The NBA is set to restart this week at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, where teams have been put in a bubble. "If you wanted to pick one (team to win it all then the NBA season restarts), I'd say whichever team LeBron James is on," Pippen said.

"The fact that his experience, his ability to pull a team together, the ability to be dominant -- he's the most dominant player in the game right now with Kevin Durant not being in the game. " Lakers guard Quinn Cook claims being three-time NBA champion James is a joy.

"He’s pretty much been the same ‘Bron here that he’s always been. Very outgoing, speaks to everybody, not just his team. Speaks to everybody in the league, security guards, everybody. A guy of that stature, a guy with that type of platform, doesn’t have to do that.

But he makes everyone feel special,” Cook said, as quoted on Lakers Nation. “He’s always been the same since I’ve known him. Cares about everyone and one of the hardest workers you’ll ever see. He’s setting the tone for us not only on the court but off the court”.