[Source] - “The players were a little upset because they felt Michael was throwing them under the bus. ‘You guys wasn’t [sic] doing what I want you to do, I’m the greatest, I’m determined to win no matter what,’” Rodman said on the “Good Morning Britain” program, according to the Mirror. “The next thing you know, Michael starts to talking [sic] about the whole team … the teammates I played with.
“Mentally, I don’t think they were strong enough to handle that, because Phil Jackson is a laid-back coach. Michael is more like, ‘I’m going to do it, watch me be famous.’ I didn’t care because I was already famous,” Rodman added.
Well that's a pretty blunt way to say stop fucking complaining to Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen. Not that surprising it's coming from Dennis Rodman but still sort of hilarious this is the fallout from The Last Dance. It was supposed to be the behind the scenes, never before seen story of the final run of the Bulls in 1998. Obviously it was heavily focused on Jordan's upbringing and really the MJ story, but the fact that it's led to more people complaining about how they were talked about in the documentary is sort of ironic.
Why? All everyone has been talking about on Twitter (or ESPN because they haven't had any creativity besides LeBron vs MJ) for the last 5 weeks is how tough the players from the 90s were. It's a bit false. They just didn't have social media to complain like the players do today. Instead we're now getting people complaining about how they were perceived in a documentary. The list so far includes Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, Gary Payton and George Karl. Shit, Karl Malone and Bryon Russell wouldn't even be interviewed for the doc.
The whole Scottie Pippen angle is pretty absurd too. He's mad they viewed him as selfish. You know, the guy who openly said he delayed surgery so it wouldn't fuck up his summer and the same guy who refused to go into the game for the last play because Phil Jackson drew it up for someone else? Yeah, that guy shockingly was a bit selfish - as most high level athletes are. That doesn't even bring up the 'migraines' in Game 7 against Detroit. Imagine if an NBA player had that story today. Twitter would be relentless on him. There'd be a million 'it's just not as tough as the 90s' tweets.
As for Horace Grant? Pretty clear the Bulls/him just fucking hate each other because of him allegedly being the snitch for the Jordan Rules. Either way, this is one of the more coherent Rodman quotes and that should be celebrated.