Unguarded

Scottie Pippen

Book - 2021

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 twelve, overcame two family tragedies and universal disregard by college scouts to become an essential component of the greatest basketball dynasty of the last fifty years. So how did the youngest of twelve 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? H...ow 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 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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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Biographies
Published
New York : Atria Books 2021.
Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxiv, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781982165192
1982165197
Main Author
Scottie Pippen (author)
Other Authors
Michael Arkush (author)
  • Prologue
  • Hamburg
  • I got game
  • Bigger man on campus
  • My kind of town
  • Starting over
  • The first hurdle
  • Phil in the void
  • On a mission
  • The first dance
  • Together again
  • From one dream to another
  • Third time's a charm
  • 1.8 seconds
  • He's back
  • Two more rings
  • The last dance
  • Go West, old man
  • My last dance.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen made headlines by expressing his disappointment with The Last Dance, the docuseries that focused on the Chicago Bulls' last championship season in 1998. The furor that followed his critical sound bites on Michael Jordan and the team's coach, Phil Jackson, set the table for this memoir, which isn't quite the tell-all account it's been purported to be. Yes, Pippin is unequivocal in his disdain for the "sidekick" label so often assigned to him by the media, but he also lavishes praise on Jordan's talents (even calling him "basketball's Baryshniknov"). He also fully credits Jackson for transforming the Bulls from a one-trick-pony show (give the ball to Jordan and clear the side) into a multifaceted team emphasizing ball movement. His true ire, however, is saved for the Bulls' egomaniacal general manager, the late Jerry Krause, and tightfisted owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Along the way, Pippen and coauthor Arkush capably reprise Pippen's youth as the youngest of 12 children in a family ripped by tragedy and follow his unlikely ascent to basketball greatness. There's some whining here, to be sure, but all in all, Pippen offers an intriguing take on one of the NBA's greatest dynasties. \HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect all the sports talking heads to be in full cry when this much-hyped memoir hits the shelves. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this autobiography, former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen telegraphs his pass—in this case a takedown of Michael Jordan, he of the carefully cultivated perfect image and the man in whose shadow Pippen played during the Bulls' dynasty. He acknowledges Jordan's greatness, but there is always a but. Jordan scored 50 points in this game or that one, but he needed 40 shots to do it. Jordan demanded perfection from his "supporting cast," but often crossed into harshness in doing so. While Jordan is his focal point, Pippen writes about many others with the same passive aggressive approach. For instance, he writes that coach Doug Collins excelled at X's and O's, but couldn't unite a team; Phil Jackson was a great coach, but his new-age ideas were too out there for Pippen; and on and on, as Pippen tries to settle every score. All this is valuable insider information, but a shame in a potentially heart-warming tale of a hometown hero. VERDICT Basketball fans might disagree with Pippen's aggrieved tone but will want to give reading time to this story of a small-town hero and a big-time team.—Jim Burns, formerly at Jacksonville P.L., FL Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 twelve, overcame two family tragedies and universal disregard by college scouts to become an essentialcomponent of the greatest basketball dynasty of the last fifty years"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

On the 30th anniversary of the Bulls’ first championship, the six-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer is finally giving fans a raw, matter-of-fact look into his life, and role within one of the greatest, most popular teams of all time. 150,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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