Scottie Pippen, former NBA player who was Michael Jordan's long-time teammate, and who with Jordan's Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles during the 90s, lashed out at Air Jordan. In his book Unguarded Pippen he speaks very critically of both Jordan and the documentary The Last Dance, available since last year on NETFLIX which tells the story of the victories of those Bulls but above all of the decisive role played by Jordan.
In The Last Dance, in fact, the space reserved for the other players on the team, including Pippen, considered the strongest after Jordan, is limited. In Unguarded, Pippen said: "How dare Michael Jordan treat us like that, after all we've done for him and his precious brand? Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, BJ Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue and Bill Wennington.
To make matters worse is the fact that Jordan received $ 10 million to participate in the documentary, while my friends and I not even a penny. Plus, the episodes of The Last Dance all follow the same logic, Michael on a pedestal, his secondary, smaller teammates.
I don't mean Michael wouldn't be a superstar wherever he ended up. It was spectacular, but it was just the success we achieved as a team, six titles in eight years, that brought it to a world-class level that no other athlete, with the exception of Muhammad Ali, has achieved in modern times.
Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and unlikely path to the NBA, the narrative turned back to Michael Jordan and his determination to win. I was nothing more than a prop. His best teammate of all time, he called me.
He couldn't have been more cocky if he had tried."
Michael Jordan and the amazing anecdote about golf
During his college experience at the University of North Carolina Michael Jordan, already a basketball talent, approached golf, now much more than a passion.
To tell the curious anecdote, at GolfDigest, is Ed Ibarguen, now a member of the PGA of America for over 40 years. "All this - reveals Ibarguen - happened when I was working at UNC. I remember Jordan went into the pro shop and asked me: 'are you Ed? I want to learn to play golf but we could have a problem because I don't have the money to pay you'
then he added; 'I really like this sport and I would like to learn how to practice it in the right way in case you were really willing to help me, without wasting time' Jordan immediately fell in love with golf. He also played at night and after 36 holes he still didn't want to stop"
Ibarguen then recounts the greatest difficulties Jordan has had to deal with on the green. "His really big hands didn't help him but he was able to make up for everything with commitment and self-denial but also thanks to his extraordinary ability to steal secrets with his eyes"
And today what was only a passion at the time, has also turned into an entrepreneurial activity. With Jordan who is the owner of "The Grove XXIII", a golf course - which has now become an excellence - located near Hobe Sound, in South Florida.