Watching the first two episodes of The Last Dance was super nostalgic. As a kid, I do remember some of those moments. It is amazing to see the behind the scenes of how great the Chicago Bulls were. There were a couple of take aways after watching it.
1.) Jerry Krause was not liked by many.
Why ruin something so good? It looks like an ego driven decision Jerry Krause decided to break up the band. Growing up, I was an avid Bulls fan. It’s crazy seeing all this now as an adult! I’ve always though as long as you win, keep it going until the fire stops. It looks to me as that Jerry Krause wanted the fame. He was jealous of all the attention everyone else was getting. Jerry does deserve credit where it is due. That should not have destroyed the best dynasty in all of sports.
2.) Scottie Pippen was highly underpaid
When people say Michael Jordan, they should automatically say Scottie Pippen.
In 1996-97, Pippen’s final All-Star campaign and a year he earned 2nd Team All-NBA honors, the six-time NBA champion averaged 20.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists nightly, and helped the Bulls go 69-13 and breeze to their fifth championship.
And he made an insultingly low $2.25 million for his efforts.
Pippen behind the numbers:
Eventually, Scottie Pippen did earn nearly $110 million for his playing career. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change the fact that Pippen was severely underpaid in the NBA.