So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, the basketball fan in me is ECSTATIC that The Last Dance is finally airing on ESPN. I mean, as a lifelong New York Knicks fan, I have a weird relationship with Michael Jordan‘s legacy. On one hand, he’s my favorite player ever. On the other hand, he’s almost solely responsible for my childhood anguish. Like, he broke my team’s heart EVERY FUCKING SEASON! In any case, the first two episodes of the documentary shine a light on another important topic: Scottie Pippen getting royally fucked by Chicago Bulls management.
Ok, before I continue, let me say that Pippen deserves some of the blame here. Now, apparently, everyone told him not to sign that 7-year/$18 million deal. Everyone told him that Jerry Krause, the general manager of the Bulls, wouldn’t renegotiate his contract later. So, with all of that being said, Pippen shot himself in the foot with that deal. However, Krause and company are still assholes for not upping Pippen’s cut, man. At a certain point, the sum they were paying him was fucking disrespectful, fam.
Look, by the time the 1997-98 season came around, Pippen was the 122nd highest-paid player in the NBA. In addition, he was 6th highest-paid player on the Bulls. Keep in mind, he was either 2nd or 1st in every statistical category for that team. Despite all of that, he was getting paid less than Jordan, Toni Kukoč, Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman AND Luc Longley. Now, MJ, I get it. The rest of them muhfuckas, hell nah, son. All I can say is, I completely understand why Pippen wasn’t so hyped to get back with the team, man. Hell, I wouldn’t break my back either for a squad that didn’t value me.
In the end, I can’t fucking wait to watch the rest of this documentary, fam. Ultimately, this is the era that I came up in. By and by, I want to see how real ESPN is going to keep it. Are they really going to talk about Jordan’s gambling? Are they going to show him punching Steve Kerr in the face? Either way, I’m ready to go, fam. All in all, I just fucking love basketball, bruh. That is all. LC out.