The second episode of The Last Dance - the documentary on Michael Jordan- revolved around Scottie Pippen’s contract.
While Pippen was proving his worth for the team, General Manager Jerry Krause was looking to bring in a youngster Toni Kukoc. Pippen and Jordan weren’t impressed with it although they felt he would be useful for the team.
They first came across the European youngster in the 1992 Olympics. The documentary showed that Jordan and Pippen decided to give Kukoc the “worst experience” he ever had on a basketball court. They wanted to humiliate Krause. They took turns to guard Kukoc and not let him getaway. And they succeeded too. In the game, Kukoc finished with just four points and seven turnovers.
That time Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made a point to humiliate ‘Jerry Krause in a Croatian Uniform’— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 26, 2020
“We was going to give him the worst experience he ever had on the basketball court.” pic.twitter.com/NXMWLBEeSA
“I think Michael was taken care of, but Scottie was his boy,” Mullin said. “That’s his running mate. Definitely coming into that game, it was a different intensity. Michael and Scottie were like fighting over who was going to shut this guy down. They were going to send a message and he was not going to, nevermind have a decent game, he wasn’t going to be able to move.”
Toni Kukoc later joined Michael Jordan at Chicago Bulls
In 1993, Kukoc eventually joined the Bulls. He became one of the most established European stars in the NBA. He was a part of the Bulls team that achieved a three-peat between 1996 and 1998. After watching the documentary, Kukoc wanted the upcoming episodes to be more a “celebration of Basketball.”
“I’m hoping the other episodes are brighter and more of a celebration of basketball instead of who is guilty or to blame, and why didn’t they win eight championships or 10. The world was so happy when that was happening. So I don’t know what people are mad at,” Kukoc said as per NBC.
Kukoc played seven years with the Bulls between 1993 and 2000. He later played a season each for Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks before joining the Milwaukee Bucks.