ESPN’s “The Last Dance” is over, but it’s left a lasting impression on many of us. Some of us more than others, especially if you’re a former Bull. Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, two of the former players on the championship team, are apparently upset with how they were projected to be throughout the doc-series.
However, Dennis Rodman has a different approach to his former teammates’ remarks and complaints about the doc-series. Rodman isn’t having any of them. According to the New York Post, “Rodman said 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.”
According to David Kaplan of ESPN 1000, Scottie Pippen is reportedly “so angry” and “beyond livid” for how his contribution to the NBA Chicago Bulls dynasty was portrayed and detailed by Jordan. Horace Grant is not too far behind Pippen as he expressed his frustration with allegedly being associated with feeding crucial information for author Sam Smith’s book “The Jordan Rules”.
According to the New York Post, “Grant said that if you say something about Jordan, “he’s going to try to destroy your character.” This is a huge character projection that Grant has tried to empathize with Jordan, however; Grant’s name may never be fully cleared.
Despite Pippen and Grant’s unhappiness with how they felt Jordan portrayed them through this legendary documentary, Rodman supports the choices and details that Jordan made. According to the New York Post, “Rodman … said they shouldn’t be complaining about how they were portrayed because this was something of their own doing.”
Rodman was definitely labeled the “wild card” or “bad boy” throughout the NBA Chicago Bulls reigning dynasty, but he never was ashamed for any of the decisions he made throughout that period of time. Everything he did, he owned up to. Whatever disappointment he brought upon the team or himself, he acknowledged and took responsibility for. Therefore, maybe there’s even more truth to what Jordan portrayed of the NBA league and his 1990’s team.
If you missed any episodes of “The Last Dance,” make sure to check them out for free on the ESPN website or app!
By Kori Barnes, Sophomore, UNLV