Larsa Pippen Tweets Scottie's Career Earnings; More Than Michael Jordan Received

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2020

Chicago Bulls' greats Michael Jordan, left, and Scottie Pippen sit court side during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Scottie Pippen was the focus of The Last Dance's second hour Sunday night—particularly his below-market, seven-year, $18 million contract with the Chicago Bulls that created tension between the parties toward the end of his run with the franchise.

All that said, Pippen's ex-wife, Larsa, is coming to his defense.

Larsa Pippen tweeted out Scottie's overall salary from his NBA playing career, which topped $100 million by the time he retired:

Larsa Pippen @larsapippen

Thx for your concern Scottie did ok #TheLastDance https://t.co/SFbo04uOLP

Pippen's $109.19 million career earnings were greater than Michael Jordan's $93.29 million, which even includes His Airness' salary during his 18-month baseball hiatus. Jordan made most of his NBA salary in his final two years with the Bulls, earning over $30 million each season.

The vast majority of Pippen's NBA earnings came after his prime following his departure from Chicago. The Houston Rockets signed him to a five-year, $67.2 million contract ahead of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. He lasted only one year in Houston before a falling out with Charles Barkley led to a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent the next four years.

Pippen's career ended after a brief return to Chicago that lasted all of 23 games but netted him over $10 million. He made more on a per-year basis on the contract he signed at age 38 than he did his entire prime.

The Last Dance spent quite a bit of its second hour exploring Pippen's falling out with the Bulls, much of which stemmed from Pippen signing the seven-year, $18 million contract that enveloped most of his prime. After growing up in poverty in Arkansas, Pippen said the security the deal provided played a factor in his signing the contract against advice.

The Bulls' unwillingness to give Pippen a raise once he outperformed the deal played a large part in his departure from the franchise.