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This unflinching “master class” (New York Times) of a memoir from two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA Hall of Famer reveals how Scottie Pippen, the youngest of 12, overcame two family tragedies and universal disregard by college scouts to become an essential component of the greatest basketball dynasty of the last 50 years.

Scottie Pippen has been called one of the greatest NBA players for good reason.

Simply put, without Pippen, there are no championship banners - let alone six - hanging from the United Center rafters. There’s no Last Dance documentary. There’s no “Michael Jordan” as we know him. The 1990s Chicago Bulls teams would not exist as we know them.

So how did the youngest of 12 go from growing up poor in the small town of Hamburg, Arkansas, enduring two family tragedies along the way, to become a revered NBA legend? How did the scrawny teen, overlooked by every major collegiate basketball program, go on to become the fifth overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft? And, perhaps most compelling, how did Pippen set aside his ego (and his own limitless professional ceiling) in order for the Bulls to become the most dominant basketball dynasty of the last half century?

In Unguarded, the six-time champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist finally opens up to offer pointed and transparent takes on Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, and Dennis Rodman, among others. Pippen details how he cringed at being labeled Jordan’s sidekick, and discusses how he could have (and should have) received more respect from the Bulls’ management and the media.

Pippen reveals never-before-told stories about some of the most famous games in league history, including the 1994 playoff game against the New York Knicks when he took himself out with 1.8 seconds to go. He discusses what it was like dealing with Jordan on a day-to-day basis, while serving as the facilitator for the offense and the anchor for the defense.

Pippen is finally giving millions of adoring basketball fans what they crave; an unvarnished, “closely observed, and uncommonly modest” (Kirkus Reviews) look into his life and role within one of the greatest, most popular teams of all time.

©2021 Scottie Pippen. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Unfortunate

This book just makes me sad. I idolized Scottie Pippen. I always gave him the benefit of the doubt or excused his poor sportsmanship. I can’t do that anymore. He’s a fallen idol to me. The correct answer to “The Last Dance” was to take the high road. Not this. It’s plain that he hasn’t developed any insight into himself or his behavior.

There is no depth to the book, either. Perhaps if he had narrated it himself his inflection might have made some of the statements less cringeworthy.

That’s it. I’m just disappointed in the book and in Mr. Pippen.

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Missed His Shot

I was a little disappointed because Scottie was my favorite basketball player growing up. It is sad because Scottie is intelligent, has a good perspective, and has an amazing childhood story, but there is far too much whining in this book. The narrator makes this even worse. He contradicts himself so many times in this book and he doesn't even realize this. This speaks to the overall quality of literary skills of this book. By simply having a few close friends who are honest read the book and provide feedback prior to publishing, I am sure he would have made significant changes. I am almost certain he will look back on this 10 years in the future and wish he didn't publish the book like this.

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Love his game, but this guy is delusional

Always loved watching Pippen play. Such a phenomenal talent and an integral part of those championship Bulls teams. However, it was really hard to listen to this. Pippen just comes off as petty and bitter. Constantly comparing himself to Michael and his response to other career challenges (yes, including the infamous the 1.8 second game) made me lose a lot of respect for this guy. Scottie craves validation from the public but he lives in a delusional reality where he’s the best player on the Bulls. Ok ….. regardless, it was an interesting book, but I’m not sure I would recommend it but for the die hard basketball fans.

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Re-open the GOAT debate

Is he a bit bitter? Sure but how does a zero star recruit with the challenges he went through as a kid will himself to being a top 50 player of all time. He took every slight and used it as motivation. Just like Mike did.

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Non-Stop whining

cry baby garbage. Pip whines the entire time without any sense of self awareness.

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Real

Wasn't expecting him to keep it as real as he did, but he did! Gained an entirely new perspective on his era in basketball! Great story.
Phenomenally narrated as well!

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Finally, we hear Pippen tell his own story

Please ignore all of the flying monkeys in the media that have been rushing to discredit this book before you can read it and listen to the story yourself.

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Just ok

Pippen expanded too much on the game by game playoff results and his own stats. This easily could have been a 6 hr audio. At times (more than a few) it seemed like he was whining about his salary but he never took full accountability for signing the contracts he signed. Granted he was probably the most underpaid star in the NBA but that was his own doing and it facilitated to the teams fiscal ability to build a dynasty, which I believe probably yielded plenty of fiscal returns over the years for him. Picture this if Pippen got market rate for the Bulls 2nd 3-peat they would have been without say Harper and Kukoc or Rodman. How good would that team have been?

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Just ok

The book is mainly Scottie whining about Michael Jordan getting all the attention a shame the book could have been better

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I love his point of view

It is pretty neat to see Michael Jordan through the eyes of Scottie Pippen, and to know Scottie‘s story.

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