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‘The Last Dance’: Twitter roasts Scottie Pippen after he refused to enter NBA playoff game

Scottie Pippen’s decision to sit didn’t sit well with Twitter

A production still of Scottie Pippen in “The Last Dance.”
A production still of Scottie Pippen in “The Last Dance.”
Courtesy ESPN, Netflix

Scottie Pippen didn’t have too many fans on social media Sunday night.

ESPN aired episodes 7 and 8 of “The Last Dance” — the Michael Jordan documentary — on Sunday night. The episode featured a moment for Scottie Pippen that had Twitter talking.

In the 1993-94 Eastern Conference finals, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks were tied with 1.8 seconds left. Bulls coach Phil Jackson drew up a play that called for Toni Kukoc to take the last shot. Pippen, one of the premier players of the league that season, decided to sit out the moment and not return to the game.

“I felt like it was an insult coming from Phil,” Pippen said. “I was the most dangerous guy on our team. So why are you asking me to take the ball out?”

When asked if he was in or out, Pippen said, “I’m out.”

Pippen said he wouldn’t necessarily change his decision.

“It’s one of those incidents that I wish had never happened,” he said. “But if I had a chance to do it all over again, I probably wouldn’t change it.”

Social media reacted to Pippen’s decision with humor.

But all ended well for Pippen. He took down Patrick Ewing with a vicious slam dunk.