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Ex-Bull criticizes Michael Jordan’s portrayal of Scottie Pippen in documentary

Michael Jordan giving a speech

The Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen relationship has really deteriorated ever since the release of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” in 2020. One of their former teammates on the Chicago Bulls now appears to be taking Pippen’s side.

Retired ex-Bull Stacey King appeared this week on ESPN’s “The Lowe Post.” King, who is now a commentator for the Bulls, criticized Jordan for the portrayal of Pippen in “The Last Dance.”

“I thought that the documentary was really good for the fans,” said King. “It gave people, in a down time with COVID, something to be happy about … It opened up a new set of fans for the Bulls teams back then. More people recognized that Michael was as good as their parents said he was. [But] I thought it was a little bit sensationalized. I didn’t like the way Scottie was portrayed in certain things. In that documentary, a lot of things Scottie did didn’t really pertain to that second three-peat. You know, the 1.8 seconds was when MJ was retired. In my opinion, that really didn’t need to be brought into ‘The Last Dance.’ It had nothing to do with that.”

King is referring to the notorious incident where Pippen refused to play the last 1.8 seconds of a 1994 playoff game after head coach Phil Jackson drew up the final shot for Toni Kukoc. The moment occurred during Jordan’s first retirement and is still a sore spot for Pippen, who recently called it “racist.”

King then went on to laud Pippen for fighting through a migraine headache in Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, which the Bulls ended up losing to the Detroit Pistons.

“I was there when Scottie had the migraine,” said King. “When you have one of the worst migraines, you can’t see, which Scottie couldn’t. He was in so much pain, coming to Detroit for that Game 7. He was in tears, and he tried to play. Couldn’t see and was just so visibly shaken by not being able to play. And he got such a bad rap for that. His teammates knew what he was going through, knew that he went out there and he wanted to play. To have that in a documentary, bringing that back up? We ended up winning three straight championships after that … I thought Scottie was treated harshly there and I understand where he is coming from. Scottie has always felt he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. He’s always been looked at as Robin to Batman.”

King played for the Bulls from 1989 to 1994. He was part of the first three-peat with Jordan and Pippen but was eventually traded to Minnesota for Luc Longley, who was the starting center for Chicago’s second three-peat.

Meanwhile, “The Last Dance” was a huge hit with fans when it was released in 2020. But Jordan had creative control over the documentary, leading to questions over objectivity and the portrayal of the non-Jordan participants.

While Pippen was interviewed in the documentary, he was reportedly livid over his portrayal and has taken multiple shots at Jordan since then. Other former Bulls were unhappy about the documentary as well, so Pippen and King do not appear to be alone in their assessments.

H/T NBA Reddit

Photo: Dec 21, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveils the new Charlotte Hornets logo at halftime during the game against the Utah Jazz at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls announcers criticize Denzel Valentine for baffling shot selection

Denzel Valentine

Denzel Valentine pulled up for one of the worst shots you will ever see near the end of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, and the announcers who were calling the game did not hold back with the criticism.

Valentine made some big baskets down the stretch to help the Bulls chip away after being down more than 20 points. However, the bench player got carried away when he grabbed a rebound with Chicago trailing 101-96 and less than a minute remaining. Valentine dribbled up the court and pulled up from about 30 feet. The result was an airball, and Bulls announcers Adam Amin and Stacey King were disgusted.

The mind-boggling shot cost Chicago any real chance to win. Valentine acknowledged that after the game.

“I had made 3 in a row before that. It was a bad shot,” he admitted, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Chicago. “I just kind of got lost in the game.”

Here’s another angle that shows just how badly Valentine missed:

You can understand why Valentine was feeling it after hitting some big shots, but pulling up from 30 feet in that situation is inexcusable — especially for a role player. There are probably only a few players in the NBA (Stephen Curry being one) who could get away with that.

If you remember, Valentine had some issues with the previous Bulls regime over his role on the team. A few more of those shots and there might be some tension with the new coaching staff, too.


Stacey King says his brother Lamoyne died from coronavirus

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Stacey King shared some sad news on Sunday.

King said on Twitter that his older brother Lamoyne died on Saturday due to the coronavirus. King preached others to practice safe measures to avoid the virus.

King, 53, was a first-round pick (No. 6 overall) by the Chicago Bulls in 1987. He won three championships with the team from 1991-1993.

King averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his career. The big man played his college ball at Oklahoma prior to joining the Bulls.

Stacey King Loses it When White Mamba Brian Scalabrine Scores (Video)

Brian Scalabrine is mostly a bench player for the Bulls. The 11th year forward has seen action in just four of Chicago’s 10 games. Scal is a fan (and announcer) favorite, so you can just imagine how they’re dying to see him play in games. That happened on Monday night when the Bulls were blowing out the Pistons.

Scal even got into the score sheet by knocking down a fastbreak jumper. The play caused announcer Stacey King to lose it and go crazy celebrating the White Mamba. Watch the video:

People like to laugh at Scal because he’s a bench scrub who hardly plays, but the guy has been in the NBA 11 years. You don’t enjoy a career that long without being a good player. Fans and announcers may celebrate every basket he makes, but they shouldn’t underestimate how good he is.

Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the video.