After heavy controversy following the second part of the ESPN docuseries The Last Dance, former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen’s wife, Larsa, assured her husband is doing okay for himself. Larsa posted Scottie’s career earnings, which surpass that of Michael Jordan by a good $16 million.
Thx for your concern Scottie did ok #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/SFbo04uOLP
— Larsa Pippen (@larsapippen) April 20, 2020
Pippen was in the spotlight of Hour 2 of this 10-part docuseries on the Bulls’ last run at a three-peat in 1997-98, in which the filmmakers detailed how Pippen’s seven-year, $18 million bargain contract was a reason for distress between him and the organization.
Robin might have taken a smaller place next to Batman, but Pippen walked away from the NBA after making $109.2 million through his career, greatly surpassing Jordan’s $93.3 million.
Jordan made most of his salary in his final two years with the Bulls, earning $30.14 million during the 1996-97 season and $33.14 million in 1997-98, which was roughly twice the annual salary of an elite-caliber player at the time.
For a matter of perspective, Jordan was earning nearly enough to pay 14 years of Scottie Pippen in his last season with the Bulls.
However, Pippen did much better for himself after leaving the Bulls, when the Houston Rockets signed him to a five-year, $67.2 million contract before the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.
Some squabbles with Charles Barkley led to a short one-season stay in Houston before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent the next four years of his career before returning to the Bulls and cashing in more than $10 million before calling it quits.
One thing we forget regarding Scottie Pippen is that Chicago signed him to a two-year $10.3M contract in 2003.
Pippen appeared in 17 games and averaged 5.9 points. He retired after the 2003/04 season.
A nice retirement present by the Bulls.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 20, 2020
Pippen played 18 seasons in the league while Jordan only played 16 (he was paid for the 18 months he spent away from the game as well).
Scottie did okay for himself, even if the Bulls ownership shorthanded him with that seven-year deal. His wife Larsa can attest to that, as he does not want pity for his shortcomings during that Bulls title-laden era.