Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green defends Scottie Pippen after ‘Last Dance’

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates after making a basket plus a foul in overtime of an NBA regular-season game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates after making a basket plus a foul in overtime of an NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. | Chris Samuels, Deseret News

Green says he wouldn’t mind defending Pippen

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green defended Scottie Pippen in the immediate aftermath of the first two episodes of “The Last Dance,” the new ESPN and Netflix documentary.

Green said in a new interview with Uninterrupted’s “WRTS: The After Party.” that Pippen had every right to be angry with the Chicago Bulls when he decided to push his surgery to the fall, causing him to miss parts of the 1997-98 season.

Green said: “Me as a teammate, if Scottie Pippen does that, I’m not going to be mad at Pip. Because I understand what you’re doing, and at the end of the day, I’m rolling with you. Because when it all boils down to it, clearly that (Bulls) organization showed they’re going to take care of themselves. They’re not going to take care of (the players).”

Green said Michael Jordan was wrong to be critical of Pippen, especially given the financial difference between the two players, according to USA Today.

He said: “And so I was kind of a little disappointed when Mike, still to this day, is like ‘Scottie was wrong.’ Like, no. You roll with your dogs, because they ride with you,” Green argued. ”(Jordan’s) making $36 million, and (Pippen’s) making $2 (million), yet you’re saying when you mention (Michael Jordan’s) name there’s no way you can not mention Scottie Pippen’s name? And he’s just supposed to sit there? That don’t make sense. It’s very easy to say, like, ‘no, you should be good’ (when) your house is huge, you got $36 million coming in, and this man got $2 (million). That’s crazy.”

Despite the financial disparity, Pippen still secured the bag later in his career. His ex-wife Larsa Pippen shared a story that suggested Pippen made $109,192,430 over the course of his entire career, which is about $20 million more than Jordan earned, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Scottie Pippen made the bulk of his earnings after his prime. Specifically, he signed a five-year, $67.2 million deal with the Houston Rockets. He was then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers where he ran out that contract.

He finished his career back in Chicago, where he earned $10 million over a 23-game stretch.

According to Bleacher Report: “He made more on a per-year basis on the contract he signed at age 38 than he did his entire prime.”