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Unguarded

Written by: Scottie Pippen,Michael Arkush
Narrated by: JD Jackson
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This unflinching “master class” (New York Times) of a memoir from two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA Hall of Famer reveals 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.

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.

©2021 Scottie Pippen. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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heros for those of us growing up in the 90s

while its disappointing to know scotty and Mike are not friends it was a privilege to grow up with them as my heros! great insight to one of the greatest of all time perhaps stuck in such a large shadow.

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Great Read!

A great story about a true fighter. Someone who never gave up, and always strived to be great. An amazing read I highly recommend!

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I like this book a lot

Cool different perspective on the 90’s bulls and a great player. Nice to hear his story.

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great listen especially for Bulls fans

enjoyed hearing Pipps side of things. narrator did an excellent job, loved the voices. Pipp sounds hurt but hearing how terrible the organization was, I get it. Grew up a Bulls fan, but only now realize and understand how good Pippen really was.

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