Unguarded Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An unflinching memoir from the six-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Hall of Famer — revealing 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.
On the 30th anniversary of the Bulls’ first championship, Pippen is finally giving millions of adoring basketball fans what they crave; a raw, unvarnished look into his life, and role within one of the greatest, most popular teams of all time.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 43 minutes|
|Author||Scottie Pippen, Michael Arkush|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 09, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,147 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I must add for credibility… along with the fact that I have written over eight-hundred-reviews on Amazon alone… I am an old Grandpa… who played high level competitive basketball for over half my life… until my body gave out on me… including a brain tumor. Despite giving up the love of my life… my heart and soul never stopped its dedication to the game. So I wholeheartedly know first-hand… that some of the most important accomplishments and contributions to a team… don’t always appear in the box score… and that’s where Pippen rates even higher… if possible. For credibility once again… I must state for the reviewing record… I am not… nor have I ever been a Chicago Bulls fan. So my comments that follow are totally unbiased and based on my life’s experience in judging the content.
Scottie opens the book with a blistering “attack”… or if you truly know the game of basketball… and the facts of the arc of Scotties’ and Michael Jordan’s careers… and post career… then you’d know… that this is more than an attack… it’s a response to how Scottie *AND-HIS-TEAMMATES* have been treated by Jordan over the years. I must add that I would term it more than just a response… I would call it… as in a different court than basketball… a legal court of life… Scottie has the right to defend himself!
I wonder what percentage of the millions of people who watched the multi-week TV special “THE LAST DANCE” which took you inside Jordan’s last year with the Bulls… which among other things was so surprising to me… how one-sided everything was for Jordan. How many people knew “THE PRODUCERS HAD GRANTED JORDAN EDITORIAL CONTROL OF THE FINAL PRODUCT. THE DOCUMENTARY COULDN’T HAVE BEEN RELEASED OTHERWISE. HE WAS THE LEADING MAN **AND THE DIRECTOR!” Do you realize now… why everything was so one-sided… that Jordan was not only a saint… but no teammate or hated opponent could ever tell their side of the story. Knowing that… I immediately think of Tom Sawyer… not only getting to watch his own funeral… but how it would have been if G-d gave Sawyer the right to write his own eulogy… and how it would be presented??!!
Additionally… in Scottie’s own words… there was even more insult added to injury… “TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, MICHAEL RECEIVED $10 MILLION FOR HIS ROLE IN THE DOCUMENTARY WHILE MY TEAMMATES AND I DIDN’T EARN A DIME, ANOTHER REMINDER OF THE PECKING ORDER FROM THE OLD DAYS. FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON, WE ALLOWED CAMERAS INTO THE SANCTITY OF OUR LOCKER ROOMS, OUR PRACTICES, OUR HOTELS, OUR HUDDLES… OUR LIVES.”
Put on top of that… like a cherry on top of a turd… when Jordan used to refer to his championship teammates as… “HIS SUPPORTING CAST”! How much more demeaning can you get. I definitively remember when that actually occurred. I was shocked how he could look so downward… spew such a degrading comment… to men who had dedicated their whole life to becoming professional ballplayers. Last time I looked… this is America… and a man has the right to defend himself.
The rest of the book is an extremely well told story of Pippen’s life. Scottie and his co-author prove to be wonderful teammates… as the story just flows in a beautifully synergistic way. The reader is drawn into Scotties life from rural Arkansas… the youngest of twelve children… and two major tragedies that helped (and forced to survive as a family) make Scottie into the man he became. His older brother being paralyzed by a bullies hit in school… and his Father’s early stroke. The daily care to sustain the life of not only the brother and Father… but for the very survival of the whole poor family… is both heartbreaking… and in its own way uplifting. The strength and control of Scottie’s Mother… is what fictional books are written about… let alone non-fiction. By the time you get to the part of the book that has a picture of Scottie and his Mother… you almost tear up… knowing the strength and life’s accomplishment that came from that dear woman.
The story continues at just the right pace from Pippen’s childhood… to high school… his walk on to Central Arkansas College and becoming an All-American… his love-hate relationship with master secret-agent-like scout-executive Jerry Krause… his being drafted… his straight forward dislike of then Bulls coach Doug Collins… and the beginning of the “never-being-friends” with Michael Jordan… and the different set of rules and accepted behavior for Jordan than for the other members of the team. You will learn about the extremely close friendship that developed between Scottie and teammate Horace Grant. Perhaps the strongest interweaving style-characteristic of the writing… was the way Scottie and the author would clearly lay out the actual situation… the feelings and repercussions… in a logical format… so the reader has a pretty good understanding… in order to form their own decision of the actual situations.
All the championship years and after are covered… and culminates with Pippen’s jersey number being retired… and his eventual enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame… and who did he select to present him for enshrinement… not his childhood idol Doctor J… but none other than Michael Jordan. Pippen was also enshrined in the Hall of Fame that night as a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.
This is a wonderfully told story… and kind of reminds me of the way sports books were written thirty-forty years ago. I must also add one personal non-biased… logical.. former player… lifetime fan’s… observational… statistical fact… Michael Jordan never won an NBA Championship before Pippen was on the team… and he never won one after.
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Reviewed in Canada on November 19, 2021